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New book about antidepressants

Posted by Hugh on June 5, 2018, at 10:05:28

It's called Blue Dreams. Its author, Lauren Slater, has been taking psychotropic drugs for 35 years. One of the reasons she wrote the book is that, while plenty of details about these drugs are available, nobody has ever written a good narrative about the subject, with a beginning, middle, and end.

The first chapter is about thorazine, the second about lithium. Then she moves on to the early antidepressants, and then the SSRIs.

Slater believes that the most promising future treatments for depression are psychedelics. She writes a chapter about psilocybin, and another about MDMA (Ecstasy). She writes briefly about ayahausca. (Thousands of westerners have traveled to Peru to take it.)

Slater visits a therapist who uses psilocybin to treat depression. After hearing about the cocktail of drugs Slater is taking for her depression, the therapist declines to treat her, saying that Slater's drugs would block the effects of psilocybin.




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