Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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 ...