A Pill That Saves Your Life But Destroys Your Body

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You may remember Lauren Slater from her famous memoir, “Prozac Diary.” She’s back with a new one called “Blue Dreams,” in which she reflects on the 30 years she has spent on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, more cheerfully known as SSRIs.

Anne started taking Prozac around the same time Lauren did — it was 1988 or so, when the drug was brand new. The two compare notes on the relief antidepressants can bring, along with the downsides.

WARNING: This conversation contains frank discussion of depression and self-harm. The audio doesn't contain a trigger warning, but for listeners who may be sensitive to discussion of suicide, please consider listening to other interviews on the show separately, or skipping this episode. If you're having thoughts of suicide or are in emotional distress, call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988.