Coming of Age on Zoloft by Katherine Sharpe
How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

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A compelling and troubling exploration of a generation raised on antidepressants, and a book that combines expansive interviews with substantive research-based reporting, Coming of Age on Zoloft is a vitally important and immediately engrossing study of one of America’s most pressing and omnipresent issues: our growing reliance on prescription drugs. Katherine Sharpe, the former editor of Seed magazine’s ScienceBlogs.com, addresses the questions that millions of young men and women are struggling with. “Where does my personality end and my prescription begin?” “Do I have a disease?” “Can I get better on my own?” Combining stout scientific acumen with first-person experience gained through her own struggle with antidepressants, Sharpe leads the reader through a complex subject, a guide towards a clearer future for all.
 

About Katherine Sharpe

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Katherine Sharpe is the former editor and community manager of Seed magazine's ScienceBlogs.com, and the former online editor of the DIY lifestyle rag ReadyMade. Her writing has appeared in n+1, GOOD, Seed, Washington Post Magazine, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, L Magazine, and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists, among other publications. Her long-running print zine, 400 Words, was featured in Utne and Newsweek, and made the "McSweeney's Recommends" list on McSweeneys.net. She lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Besides her personal story and those of her interviewees, Sharpe provides a history of antidepressants, a revealing look at the politics behind the evolution of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and an account of the rise of the biomedical model of mental illness, which ho...

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Drawing on 40 interviews with individuals aged 18–40 and an extensive reading of professional and popular articles, former Seed magazine editor Sharpe takes a close look at members of her generation who came of age with new antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft.

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Bookmarks Magazine

“Where does my personality end and my prescription begin?” “Do I have a disease?” “Can I get better on my own?” Combining stout scientific acumen with first-person experience gained through her own struggle with antidepressants, Sharpe leads the reader through a complex subject, a guide towards a...

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Intuitive and investigative, personal and historical, narrative-rich and fact-packed, Katherine Sharpe's memoir, Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial), examines how a generation of Americans—she included—has been treated for the age-old malady of depression in an era of biomedical predominan...

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Scientific American

Sharpe also discusses the rise of direct-to-consumer advertising for drugs, which told us how to understand our feelings as symptoms and encouraged us to “talk to your doctor” about getting help from them, as well as the influence of managed care — and of funding priorities within the arena of ps...

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