Listening To Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs And The Remaking Of The Self…

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byPeter D. KramerForeword byPeter D Kramer

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Since it was introduced in 1987, Prozac has been prescribed to nearly five million Americans. But what is Prozac? A medication or a mental steroid? A cure for depression, or a drug that changes personality? Reported to turn shy people into social butterflies and to improve work performance, memory, even dexterity, does Prozac work on character rather than illness? Are we using it cosmetically, to make people more attractive, more energetic, more socially acceptable? And what does it tell us about the nature of character and the mutability of self? With the addition of an afterword that gives us an up-to-date report on Prozac in America today, including his personal observations, reactions to his critics, and the latest scientific research, psychiatrist Peter Kramer reinforces what The New York Times calls 'an intelligent and informative book...which tells us new things about the chemistry of human character.'

Dr. Kramer was recently asked to guest host The Infinite Mind, a weekly public radio show focusing on the art and science of the human mind and spirit, behavior, and mental health. Listen to the show now.

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Reported to turn shy people into social butterflies, improve work performance, memory, even dexterity, are we using Prozac "cosmetically" to make people more attractive? In a new Afterword, Dr. Kramer gives an updated report on Prozac in America today. This classic bestseller has sold more than 450,000 copies

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Since it was introduced in 1987, Prozac has been prescribed to nearly five million Americans. But what is Prozac? A medication or a mental steroid? A cure for depression, or a drug that changes personality? Reported to turn shy people into social butterflies and to improve work performance, memory, even dexterity, does Prozac work on c...

Peter D. Kramer, M.D., recently named host of the national, weekly public radio series, The Infinite Mind, is "possibly the best-known psychiatrist in America," as The New York Times put it. Peter Kramer received his M.D. from Harvard and is the best-selling author of Listening to Prozac, Should You Leave?, Spectacular Happiness, and M...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.4 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140266712

ISBN - 13:9780140266719

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Makeover
2. Compulsion
3. Antidepressants
4. Sensitivity
5. Stress
6. Risk
7. Formes Frustes: Low Self-Esteem
8. Formes Frustes: Inhibition of Pleasure, Sluggishness of Thought
9. The Message in the Capsule
Appendix: Violence
Afterword to the 1997 edition
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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Reported to turn shy people into social butterflies, improve work performance, memory, even dexterity, are we using Prozac "cosmetically" to make people more attractive? In a new Afterword, Dr. Kramer gives an updated report on Prozac in America today. This classic bestseller has sold more than 450,000 copies