Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Essays on Medicine, Mental Health and the Media
Psychotropic drugs—those intended to change moods, numb anxiety, calm children—are pervasive in American culture. References are everywhere: not just in print and electronic advertisements but in television show dialogue, movies, song lyrics, and on advertising paraphernalia like notepads, wall clocks, mouse pads, coffee mugs, pens and pencils. The authors in this compilation of essays on psychotropic drugs and mass culture contend that society has been transformed into an asylum without walls—a “psychotropia.” With each new definition of a mental ailment, a new cure is offered, increasing the number of inmates in this borderless asylum and blurring the lines between mental health and mental illness. Eight essays probe this issue, with an introduction and conclusion by the editor. The introduction frames the topic in the dehumanized asylums brought to light in 1961 by sociologist Erving Goffman, and in author Marshall McLuhan’s warning not to be seduced by the media. Essay topics cover: how psychotropia came to be; drug portrayal in Hollywood; advertising in cyberspace and the postmodern condition; the advertising madness that promotes better living through chemistry; food as medicine; the music culture of psychotropia; children and psychotropic drugs; and stereotypes and manipulation in mass marketing. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Adbusters American antidepressant antipsychotic anxiety asylum superintendents become behavior Breggin century chemical child chotropic clinical consumers context culture cure Dain depicted depression deviant diet direct-to-consumer discussion disorders doctor drug advertising drug companies drug references DTC advertising eating Ecstasy effects emotional feel film gender GlaxoSmithKline Goffman Grob hip-hop Ibid images increase individual inmates insane Journal K-PAX kids madness magazines marketing mass media medicine ment mental health mental illness moral movie normal one’s parents patients Paxil percent pharmaceutical companies physicians pills popular postmodern prescribed prescription problems professional promotional Prozac psychological psychotropic drugs psychotropic medications reader reflects Ritalin role Rothman Sarafem schizophrenic sexual social social anxiety disorder society song SSRIs stress suggest Symbolic symptoms television therapy Thomas Szasz Thorazine tion Torgoff total institution treatment Valium victim videocassette viewed women Xanax York Zoloft