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Re: SSRIs worsening Social Phobia?

Posted by so on July 18, 2005, at 12:32:47

In reply to Re: SSRIs worsening Social Phobia?, posted by SLS on July 18, 2005, at 7:17:53

> Are they messy? Yes. So are just about all psychotropic medications, but they are the best we have to work with at the moment.

But as suggested in the post below
they are not all we have to work with. What we work with is effected by economic constraints of our culture. Cognitive behavioral therapy is seldom as profitable as is the manufacture of chemicals. Our culture is organized so as to capitalize most profitable economic endeavors.

At the same time, we have seen an erosion of community institions that would offer the sort of wisdom that can be achieved in therapuetic settings. Extended families isolate individuals from more experienced family members. Mobility isolates individuals from more experienced community members.

And as community institutions erode, we have a new set of social stressors. Role expectations are less well defined. Technology exposes us to unfamiliar and powerful stimuli. Evolving cultural expectations can lead to confusion about what is important in life.

If the current pharmacopea is all we have to work with, it is worth considering what we have excluded from our available set of tools.




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