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Re: Leonard Cohen Depression and Drugs

Posted by sigismund on June 29, 2013, at 6:38:35

In reply to Leonard Cohen Depression and Drugs, posted by sigismund on June 28, 2013, at 11:45:27

In particular....

In this interview,6 he discusses, with his characteristic candor and dark humor, his course of treatment and his decision to unilaterally discontinue these medications:
[Leonard Cohen] I was taking things like Prozac for depression, but none of those antidepressants worked.

[Interviewer] Which have you tried?

[Leonard Cohen] Oh, lets see. I was involved in early medication, like Desipramine. And the MAOs [monoamine oxidase inhibitors], and the new generation Paxil, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin. I even tried experimental anti-seizure drugs, ones that had some small successes in treating depression. I was told they all give you a bottom, a floor beneath which you are not expected to plunge.

[Interviewer] And?

[Leonard Cohen] I plunged. And all were disagreeable, in subtly different ways.

[Interviewer] How?

[Leonard Cohen] Well, on Prozac, I thought I had attained some kind of higher plateau because my interest in women had dissolved. He laughs. Then I realized it was just a side effect. That stuff crushes your libido.

[Leonard Cohen] So one day, a few years ago, I was in a car, on my way to the airport. I was really, really low, on many medications, and pulled over, I reached behind to my valise, took out the pills, and threw out all the drugs I had. I said, These things really dont even begin to confront my predicament. I figured, If I am going to go down I would rather go down with my eyes wide open........




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