Sunday, August 18, 2013

Prozac


The biggest problem with this antidepressant is that doctors all too often prescribe it before considering other non-biological factors that may be causing depression in an individual. The fact is, Prozac has a major effect on the way our brain functions, adjusting levels of serotonin to alter our mood. In this case it would increase the amount of serotonin, thus decreasing feelings of depression that come from a serotonin deficit. This may mean that individuals adopt an overly care-free attitude that impedes their true judgement. Many point to the fact that multiple perpetrators of school shootings were on some form of this antidepressant at the time of their crimes and see a connection between the drug and the atrocities. Whether this is accurate or not, other forms of antidepressants such as exercise, St. John's Wort, and Tryptophan should be exhausted before moving to Prozac, a legitimate mood altering substance.