What is the ‘prozac myth’, why is it so controversial and what do we know about the effect of drugs like prozac on people perception of reality?

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What is the ‘prozac myth’, why is it so controversial and what do we know about the effect of drugs like prozac on people perception of reality?

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I would like to know as well. How do you tell reddit to remind you of a thread?

I think the prozac myth is around studies on the efficacy of prozac vs placebos.

Re: perceptions of reality. It’s important to remember that depression changes people’s perception of reality. I don’t think the drugs change the person’s perception of reality, but rather they are supposed to level the good chemicals in your brain to help you feel more like yourself and to give you the energy to deal with the depression/OCD/other issue… which lends itself to healthier mental health including how you see life.

Of course in the same way different drugs will work for different people there might be people who do experience different perceptions of reality on them. But it’s difficult to say – how long did they have depression? Was their original perception of life accurate or just so long standing it became ‘normal’? Are they on other meds, interacting substances or have other issues that are creating this side effect?

On a side note, Prozac Nation is a memoir of a woman who started taking prozac when it was quite new. Very interesting read.

Edit: making point clearer.