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Feeling Loved: The Science of Nurturing Meaningful Connections and Building Lasting Happiness by Jeanne Segal, PhD

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CHAPTER 3

Medication Can Be an Uneasy Solution to Complex Problems

IN THE 1950s, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS BEGAN focusing on the use of medications to overcome depression and other common mental health problems. Then in 1987, with great fanfare, Prozac was introduced. Prozac—a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI—was the first of its kind: an antidepressant that promised to be more cost-effective than long-term therapy and could be dispensed easily. It also claimed to offer fast and permanent relief for depression. Twenty years later, millions of people all over the world, including one in every ten Americans, take Prozac or other SSRIs. ...

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