Posted by Chairman_MAO on March 2, 2006, at 22:13:52
In reply to Re: The Truth Do SSRI's and SSNRI's Work For Anyon, posted by FredPotter on March 2, 2006, at 22:03:24
The perceiver and the perceived are one and the same. Your playing is part and parcel of your evaluation of the music you play (less so if you listen to it recorded, which you should do if you havent) Perhaps it doesn't impair you. Perhaps you were overly obsessive so now the net result is you play better. Or, perhaps you aren't having as many fine-grained emotional perceptions related to your music as you once were, and so no longer notice what would have previously stood out as "off" or otherwise undesirable.
If an SSRI can numb people's loins, I imagine it could do something analogous with other sensual pursuits, such as playing music. If I may wax Freudian for just one bittersweet moment: Libidinal energy is involved in both examples.
It could be that the sexual dysfunction of SSRIs is, as psychiatrist Elio Frattaroli wrote in "Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain", "[reducing libidinal energy] is not a side effect, but rather the primary effect [of SSRI drugs]"
Drunk people often do not notice they are slurring their words. Now, of course you aren't impaired like that at all. Just a thought experiment ...