However, by it was reclassified as a sedative and considered a controlled substance due to the risk of dependence, and its market was largely replaced by Valium. Valium, approved in the early s, became the top-selling pharmaceutical in the US in the s. While still prescribed today for the short-term treatment of anxiety, it is now largely used in the treatment of epilepsy and spastic disorders. Prozac, brought to the US market in the late s, is used to treat major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia, and anxiety disorders and today is the third most prescribed antidepressant on the US market. These drugs were widely accepted by and prescribed for people who did not meet clinical criteria for diagnosis of anxiety disorders or major depression, the indications for which the FDA approved them. They were promoted inadvertently by publicity in magazines and newspapers and purposefully by seductive advertising to doctors in medical journals. They became popular, each a fad in its time. In Happy pills in America , David Herzberg — an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Buffalo — does an excellent job of expounding on the interplay of social, cultural, and commercial forces that influenced the rise and fall of these blockbuster drugs.
It is the lead single from her fifth studio album Little Broken Hearts and was released digitally on March 6, Written by Jones and co-written and produced by Brian Burton , it tells the story of Jones emancipating herself from a relationship and finding that she is better off alone. Musically, it is a gritty, bluesy song with a playful pop sound. It received mostly positive reviews, with many critics complimenting its style and the chemistry between Jones and Burton. Jones called it "too much fun," saying that they "couldn't stop singing it" and while they didn't know if it would fit on the record, once they listened to the song "it had to be there.
There is great debate over what constitutes happiness. Is it the absence of pain or the presence of pleasure? Is it living a meaningful life? Or is happiness simply a neurological response to external stimuli, merely a flood of neurotransmitters expelled by specialized cells into the brain that produces the sensation of happy feelings and a sense of wellbeing? If happiness is truly an electrochemical sensation -- and that increasingly appears to be the case -- then we should be able to manipulate it. One day, for instance, we could have access to a pill that induces the same response as does pleasant stimuli like being in love or the series of events that make up a good day. A significant portion of the population may not take this "happy pill," if there ever is one.
Unofficially at least, depression is an expected life experience for women, slipped in somewhere between having children, looking after elderly parents and either divorce or retirement. Is life now so difficult for women that it's normal to be depressed? Claire Jones is 35 and has just come off antidepressants after a period of depression that started in January last year. My boyfriend had had chronic back pain for some time and he had to take early retirement. He was always snapping at me and couldn't help with the children. My three-year-old wouldn't go to nursery without screaming, so I was constantly late for work.