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Should We Still Listen to Prozac? Peter D. Kramer Jumps Back Into the Antidepressant Debate

July 8, 2016

(New York Times) – In “Ordinarily Well,” Kramer tills some of the same ground that he did in his previous book, but his approach this time is less philosophical and more argumentative. He is out to make the case, against the Marcia Angells and Irving Kirsches of the world, that, based on his interpretation of the literature and, more important, on his decades of clinical work with patients, antidepressants work more often than not and that, most of the time, prescribing an antidepressant is not about making somebody “better than well” but rather helping to relieve a patient’s acute suffering enough that she can resume a semblance of normal life.

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