J. Frank Parnell: Ok, these have to be made up. Anti-depressants don't make people happy and optimistic. They remove the lows and the highs.
J. Frank Parnell: Ok, these have to be made up. Anti-depressants don't make people happy and optimistic. They remove the lows and the highs.This
TheShavingofOccam123: I had a psychology profess who quit marriage counseling after a certain client...He told a married woman with an unsatisfactory sex life to buy a vibrator. BIG MISTAKE (for the husband).She found herself (often several times a day), grew a pair and told the husband to get the fark out of her life.The husband told the counselor "thanks a bunch", agreed to a divorce and was never heard from again. The woman decided she didn't need therapy anymore either.
blatz514: [www.knowmemes.com image 486x578]
God-is-a-Taco: These fake letters are getting worse and worse, Prudence.
thatboyoverthere: J. Frank Parnell: Ok, these have to be made up. Anti-depressants don't make people happy and optimistic. They remove the lows and the highs.You're thinking of Bipolar medication. Anti-Depresseants just keep you from falling into the pit of self-loathing and hate.
HotWingConspiracy: You're supposed to be sad after a funeral, you don't need pills.
lennavan: I feel like a jerk and don't know what to do. Help!Stop being a jerk.~LennyP.S. You're also a dumb fark for thinking your wife would never change over the course of your marriage.
DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: HotWingConspiracy: You're supposed to be sad after a funeral, you don't need pills.What if you aren't sad...don't you need sad pills?
Delawheredad: Letters like this expose the fact that Dear Prudence is an exercise in creative writing and is not to be taken seriously. No ones personality goes through that dramatic a personality change from an antidepressant.
xcv: What's going on in Slate's comment section?
EdNortonsTwin: What do you think would be harder? Getting off paxil or getting off a fat wife?
CapeFearCadaver: EdNortonsTwin: What do you think would be harder? Getting off paxil or getting off a fat wife?I don't know, but my ex couldn't get off while he was one paxil...
Lord Dimwit: My wife and I had a conversation/thought experiment about this.First question: Say I was only nice to be around when I was drinking alcohol. I went to a doctor and he monitored my liver functions and enzymes and agreed that I was under less stress and a nicer person to be around when I had three or four beers a day. I don't drive or operate heavy machinery, and my work output is better or at least unaffected. Question: Is that okay, or not? If not, how is it fundamentally different from being on psychoactive drugs? What if instead of alcohol, I were a functional drug addict on something harsher than alcohol?Second question: How much are you allowed to alter yourself chemically before one could say that you are no longer "you"? This is a philosophical question, not a moral or ethical one.If physical monism is true, then the answer is "as much as you want" because all you are is a bag of walking chemicals.If (certain forms of) dualism is true, then the answer is tougher - at what point are your actions/thoughts/beliefs so fundamentally different from those that your mind would have otherwise created that your inner mind and your outer expression are no longer meaningfully linked?One of the reasons why I love my wife is because we have conversations like this. In her opinion, the answer to he first question is that as long as you're not harming yourself or others then it's fine (she's a pragmatist). Her answer to the second question is that it's meaningless because physicalism is true.In my opinion, my answer to the first question is that it's objectively "better" to attempt to deal with whatever issues "on your own" and actually become a different or better person without needing constant modification, though I agreed it may not be possible (I'm an idealist). My answer to the second question was that it's impossible to answer, but not meaningless because (some form of) dualism is true.
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