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Thomas Schwartz, quoted in Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, “. . but Still Sad; Antidepressants Aren’t the Magic That Millions Hoped,” Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2006. Schwartz is a professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Medical University in Syracuse. 31 Antidepressants “ I am me again—yes, more anxious, but physically healthy and mentally clear. And I am a lot happier. ” —Susan, quoted in Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, “. . but Still Sad; Antidepressants Aren’t the Magic That Millions Hoped,” Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2006.
Primary Source Quotes “ Like adults, children are prescribed antidepressants for a host of conditions from school phobia to attention deficit disorder to headaches. ” —Joseph Glenmullen, The Antidepressant Solution. New York: Free Press, 2005. Glenmullen is a practicing psychiatrist, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and the author of several books including Prozac Backlash. Bracketed quotes indicate conflicting positions. * Editor’s Note: While the definition of a primary source can be narrowly or broadly defined, for the purposes of Compact Research, a primary source consists of: 1) results of original research presented by an organization or researcher; 2) eyewitness accounts of events, personal experience, or work experience; 3) first-person editorials offering pundits’ opinions; 4) government officials presenting political plans and/or policies; 5) representatives of organizations presenting testimony or policy.
35 Facts and Illustrations How Safe and Effective Are Antidepressants? • Neurotransmitters are chemicals involved in the sending of messages between neurons, the basic cells of the brain and nervous system. They include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Most antidepressants are believed to work by affecting the patient’s levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. • Thirty percent of depressed patients do not respond to the first antidepressant they try. • About 65 percent of people who do not respond to or are not helped by one type of antidepressant do respond to another.
Antidepressants by William Dudley