Tuesday, May 21, 2013

News at Eleven: Apart from stifling the libido, SSRI use

has consequences that are particularly significant for artists. A 2009 study by Oxford University, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that those taking SSRIs reported "a general reduction in the intensity of the emotions that they experienced". They described themselves as feeling "dulled", "numbed", "flattened", or "blocked". If poetry is (as Wordsworth claimed) "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings . . . emotion recollected in tranquillity", then could Prozac bring artists too little feeling, too much tranquillity?

from The Guardian: Does Prozac help artists be creative


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