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Peter D. Kramer on The Case for Antidepressants by Peter D. Kramer

Peter D. Kramer on The Case for Antidepressants

by Peter D. Kramer

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Dr. Peter D. Kramer is a psychiatrist specializing in depression and has authored the books Listening to Prozac, Against Depression, and Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants . In this discussion from the Library of Congress, Dr. Kramer draws from his book Ordinarily Well and makes a case for prescribing antidepressants when patients confront major depressive disorder. He highlights that clinical depression is a chronic disease that tends to recur, and by treating major depression early with antidepressants, patients can often avoid or reduce the recurrence of episodes. He acknowledges many of the side effects of antidepressants that need to be taken into account. In the end, he fields questions about alternative treatments like ketamine, the genetics of depression, and using antidepressants to treat anxiety.


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