"Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'"

If you're a person who is taking psychotropic meds, is considering it, or loves someone who takes them, this episode of Fresh Air is worth a listen.


Terry Gross interviews Lauren Slater, a psychologist and author of 8 books, including the 90's blockbuster, "Prozac Nation." Her latest book is called, "Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed our Minds." Ms. Slater reviews the history of psychotropic meds, beginning with Thorazine, continuing through those commonly prescribed today. Ms. Slater also details common side effects of psychotropic meds, including those she suffers. Interestingly, the book includes a review of the very new research on the use of psychedelics to treat depression, PTSD, and to help dying patients feel less afraid.

As a psychotherapist, I am not able or qualified to prescribe meds, but I do work with patients who have found tremendous relief from their use of medication, those who have not found them to be helpful, and those who are struggling with the decision to take them (or not). Blue Dreams looks to be a valuable addition to our discussions.