Bob Lanou feels duped by his doctor and pharmaceutical companies into believing Paxil was the best treatment for his depression. Lanou, like thousands of other SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), users was told that the pill would help in overcoming the tragic loss of his daughter, job and girlfriend all within a single week. Lanou says, "At the time I was willing to try anything...I just wish I would have not been so naive and done a little more research." Lanou did not suffer from chronic depression or major depression disorder (MDD), instead he had reached a point in life that became extremely difficult and almost unbearable. Seeking help in dealing with the trauma of his life situation he made an appointment with his General Practitioner who offered him enough free samples of Paxil to last him for months. Lanou found temporary relief, however, later Lanou would find his relief would come with a price.
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Bob's story reminds me of a post I wrote back in February entitled 'Are You Allergic to People', in which I highlighted how Glaxo used to market Paxil with poster ads such as this:
The poster was available online and ran alongside the following:
You know what it's like to be allergic to cats, or dust, or pollen. You sneeze, you itch, you're physically ill. Now, imagine that you felt allergic to people. You blush, sweat, shake — even find it hard to breathe. That's what social anxiety disorder feels like. Over ten million Americans1 suffer from social anxiety disorder, an excessive, persistent, disabling fear of embarrassment or humiliation in social, work, or performance situations.
The good news is that this disorder is treatable. People can overcome social anxiety disorder. So if you feel like you're "allergic to people," talk to your doctor or other health professional.
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