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'Ordinarily Well' by Peter D. Kramer investigates antidepressants

'Ordinarily Well' by Peter D. Kramer investigates antidepressants

A young woman tells her doctor she's not herself. For the last several months, she has slept poorly, been irritable with her kids, lost interest in sex and can't concentrate at work. She begins to cry. Basic laboratory tests exclude medical disorders, such as an underactive thyroid gland, as the cause for her symptoms. She rarely drinks wine and has never used illegal drugs. She describes her life as ordinary and doesn't believe that talking about it will do her much good; besides, she says she is too busy with work and family for regular therapy visits. Her doctor prescribes an antidepressant drug. Will it help? And if she starts to feel better in a few weeks, will the cause be the...

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