Generation Meds

How antidepressants cheered us up, let us down, and changed who we are.

Antidepressants in Nepal

Marketing in the darndest places.

Not too long ago, I was interviewed by a reporter who was working on an article about quitting antidepressants for a national magazine. He shared my feelings about antidepressants: that they're useful medications whose use in this country has gone totally overboard—thanks in no small part to intensive marketing.

So for fun, and to bond over the point, he shared with me this image, which one of his colleagues captured on a vacation trip to Nepal. The photographer forwarded a few words of explanation: 

 "Ha. It was a tea house on the trekker's route to Gosaikunda, the sacred lake where Shiva lay down to vent the poisons of the world. Ironically enough."

Zoloft plate in Nepal
A Zoloft plate, at the top of the world
Any idea how this cheerful-looking promotional plate made it to the Himalayas?

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P.S. Also, happy new year! One of my resolutions involves being a better, more prolific blogger in 2014. 

Katherine Sharpe is the author of Coming of Age on Zoloft.

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