Medicating Women’s Feelings

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Dr. Julie Holland

Check out this thought-provoking article from The New York Times by psychiatrist Julie Holland. She notes how women are given psychiatric medications nearly twice the rate of men; currently nearly 25% of women receive a prescription for a psychiatric drug. She describes how SSRI’s blunt one’s highs and lows, creating a seemingly more “rational” persona. She worries that this chemically-induced emotional constriction can rob women of their emotional health and power. She says:

“At higher doses, S.S.R.I.s make it difficult to cry. They can also promote apathy and indifference. Change comes from the discomfort and awareness that something is wrong; we know what’s right only when we feel it. If medicated means complacent, it helps no one.”


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