Thursday, March 05, 2015

Now, now, dear, take this pill

Julie Hollander, NYT, writes on the tendency to tamp women's feelings down with drugs.

I had the day from hell yesterday--trying to get someone to pick up 20 bags of yard waste for under $300! It took four days...I needed to be on a demerol drip or something by the time the nice young man finally toted off the bags. I could have disposed of a body easier!

But I digress.

Women, the article states, are hard-wired to be sensitive, empathetic. They are also better at language. Therefore, emotionality is a sign of health, not disease.

But women are under constant pressure to "control" their emotions, apologize for tears and avoid being called hysterical.

This woman, a psychiatrist, says this is insane! (OK, maybe this is a word she should not toss around.)

Yet, at least one in four women in the US takes a psychiatric med--in men, that's one in seven.

A woman's brain and body chemistry are meant to be in flux. She says think of serotonin as the "it's all good" brain chemical. Too much--you don't care...too little, everything is a problem that needs to be fixed.

Of course, the days prior to menstruation are hormone-complicated. Women may feel more dissatisfied.

The most common antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They keep things "all good."  This may lengthen your fuse, but it can also make you numb.

Some people on SSRIs have less empathy, irritation, erotic dream, creativity, anger and worry.

Sometimes eliminating all of these may sound good but isn't. Proceed with caution,

Maybe more sleep, sunshine, nutrients, movement, and eye contact can also eliminate moods and stress that are becoming problems.

And people who do not try to rip you off would also be helpful!

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