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Re: Mother's little helper

Posted by beckett2 on November 5, 2020, at 20:57:15

In reply to Re: Mother's little helper, posted by Hugh on November 2, 2020, at 11:19:57

"According to historian David Herzberg, author of the 2009 book Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac, anxiety had been long divided along class and race lines. People of color and those living in poverty had little access to psychiatric treatment, and the modes of self-medication they often usedheroin and other opioidswere criminalized. Psychiatrists, physicians, and drug companies felt that poor people werent smart enough to get anxious in the same way as those of the middle class. As Herzberg put it, Some kinds of suffering were seen as deserving, and others as undeserving....

"...Two physicians put it plainly in the 1957 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: anxiety was so common as to be statistically normal among professional persons, but rare among Southern Negroes and reservation Indians. It was the brainworkers who needed drugs like Miltown, as some medical journals called white-collar workers. And, increasingly, the wives of the
brainworkers."

Maybe this was what I was prescribed as a child for 'heat rash'. The doctor told my mother she needed to stop me from running around. (If this site allowed laugh emojis, there would be three here.) My mother to her credit had the prescription filled but threw t away when she realized it was tranquilizer.


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