The second a medication appears on the market that seems to solve a problem and eliminate the nasty side effects of its predecessor, a study pops up that says it causes new problems like lethargy, blurry vision, or weight gain.
But according to psychiatrist Peter Kramer, author of the renowned book Listening to Prozac, modern antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft not only have fewer side effects, but give psychotherapists more flexibility in their treatment options.
In the following video clip from his interview with Networker Editor Rich Simon, Dr. Kramer explains how.
Peter D. Kramer, MD, a psychiatrist, and professor at Brown University, is the author of seven books, including the bestseller Listening to Prozac.
As Kramer explains, these new antidepressants have not only changed the way prescribers think about meds, but also how internists, obstetricians, and psychotherapists treat their clients. "These are very workable medicines," he says. "You find out very soon if a person is doing well on a medication, so you can even do psychotherapy first and know that you can come in with medication later. It makes therapy much more nimble."
Did you enjoy this video clip? You might also enjoy Frank Anderson's article, "Beyond Chemistry," in which he explains the importance of asking clients about their relationship with medication before they take it, which he argues greatly assesses its potential efficacy. You might also enjoy our issue on medication, "Open Wide!: Do We Know What Big Pharma is Giving Us?" with articles from Steven Dubovsky, Talia Puzantian, John Preston, and more!