theguardian online today has a story on its main page which is titled ‘Why smiles are better than Prozac’
On closer inspection, it’s less an article, more an advertorial for a book called ‘Beating stress, anxiety and depression’ by Jane Plant and Janet Stephenson. The article says that the book is ‘new’ but the amazon.co.uk page says that it came out at the beginning of May this year. I can only imagine that they were short of copy and rehashed a press release that they found knocking around the office.
Be this as it may, this is the sort of thing that catches my eye. The introduction is available for perusal online, and Plant and Stephenson say some sensible things – like advising us to ignore celebrity culture – but I am concerned about some of the things they say particularly when they assert that levels of neurotransmitters should be assessed in patients suffering from depression. The neurotransmitter hypothesis is problematic, as discussed by Badscience.net and Mindhacks.com, and this sort of test are likely to be more expensive than meaningful.
Daily Mail article on the same book title: ‘How the wrong drugs could be causing your depression’.
Best read it before I comment further. If anyone has read it and would like leave a comment below I would be most grateful.
What strikes you most about Marsh when you meet her is not her pleasure at the unexpected turn her life has taken, but her implacable anger…..(about four paragraphs)….I’ve lost count of the number of times youth workers and criminologists alike have made the connection, as they discuss knife crime, between low self-esteem and anger. Well, there is an awful lot of anger among those who participate in reality TV, the majority of which, it seems to me, is the result of low self-esteem, and Marsh is no exception.