Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FDA Approves Depressant Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

This, from The Onion, is too funny for words. According to Onion News Network, the FDA has approved the first "depressant" for the 20 million Americans who are "insufferably cheery."

Funny thing, though, if such a drug existed, I'm convinced psychiatrists would be handing out free samples by the truck load. Actually, in a way, they do. I learned very quickly when showing up for a psychiatric visit, that I needed to mask any appearance of chirpy behavior. So fearful are psychiatrists of mania, I'm convinced, that they tend to err on the side of over-medicating us. I've seen way too many examples in support groups.

In my binary world of "smart" vs "dumb," this is an example of "dumb psychiatry." A smart psychiatrist will work to find the patient's sweet spot. But that's for a future blog.

Enjoy the video ...


Robin W. said...


And yes, God forbid you go to an appointment while having a really good day. Ah yes...the elusive sweet spot. The fine line between enough medication to keep you relatively stable, and medicating your personality away.

John McManamy said...

Hi, Robin. You're reading my mind. :)

Louise Woo said...

Fabulous! I love the "natural" remedies of corn syrup and white bread. They should call this the Elle Woods Syndrome, after the character in Legally Blonde.

John McManamy said...

Hey, Louise. My special remedy is to whistle an unhappy tune. :)