Essay about Antidepressants And Its Effects On Society

2121 Words Feb 3rd, 2015 9 Pages
Since the creation of antidepressants in the 1950s, this pharmaceutical drug has been under intense scrutiny from both scientists and civilians. This is because there is a vast range of views revolving around the use of antidepressants since various studies have questioned the effectiveness of the drug and the criteria set up for prescribing it. However, antidepressants deserve that apprehension because it affects society by incapacitating its members through their harmful side effects including increased suicidal thoughts.

Antidepressants first appeared when a medication created to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia altered the activity of the brain’s neurotransmitters, resulting in the ability to send the patient into an euphoric state. While this was unfavorable for schizophrenics, it was discovered to work rather well with people suffering from depression since it produced mood-boosting effects. In 1955, the drug was first tested on people with depression and it resulted in some of these patients reporting a more “energetic” and sociable mood. After further testing, Imipramine hit the shelves in 1958. Not long after the release of Imipramine, marketed as Tofranil, many other companies seeking profit looked to the vast potential of the antidepressant market. A class of antidepressants called Tricyclics were created to fill this demand. These drugs helped roughly between 60-80% of those who were diagnosed with depression. The drug appeared to help the users for a…

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