October 10, 2003

Better Living Through Chemistry

"Do you feel woozy, have an itchy scalp, experience glaucoma, hate minorities, have problems reading, fear clowns, midgets, midget clowns? Does the nightly news scare you, are you having a hard time understanding multi-variable calculus, does Memento still fail to make sense? Do elves make fun of you in your dreams, wish Old Yeller wasnt shot or want your future wife to be chosen by an American TV audience? Do you succumb easily under torture, is the sun currently setting, find difficult decisions vexing, have a hard time distinguishing between good touch and bad touch? Well, then Paxil may be for you.

Paxil is a member of a new class of antidepressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that help restore critical chemical balances in the brain. This restored homeostasis may help if your computer speakers a bit fuzzy, your mother-in-law constantly nags, you find yourself crying while peeling onion or even if your gums bleed."

(It's satire, m'kay? From DukeSatire.com)

Posted by fred1st at October 10, 2003 10:25 AM | TrackBack

Made me laugh. Ellen Degeneres's most recent HBO standup show has a similar routine. ("Are you sad? Do you sometimes feel stressed out?" Ellen: Well, yes, I'm alive, aren't I?")

Posted by: Trey at October 10, 2003 10:53 AM

While the commercials may be stupid, the drugs they advertise are not.

Having survived severe clinical depression, I now look upon such stories mocking anti-depressants with, well, a certain amount of ironic amusement. I use the term survived in the literal sense of a life and death struggle. So I still wonder why nobody makes fun of life saving drugs such as antibiotics, yet anti-depressants are fair game? To each their own.

My (black) sense of humour appreciates knowing the same people who make fun of anti-depressants are the ones least likely to use them to save themselves should the black dogs drag them into the abyss. It's a long way down, so they can always amuse themselves during the descent recounting their bon mots ridiculing anti-depressants. It will keep their minds off what awaits them.

Sometimes life itself provides all the satire we can handle.

Posted by: Been There, Done That at October 13, 2003 11:12 PM

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