AP Literature & Composition
In conclusion to my research, I do not support the prescription and use of mood-altering drugs. Although mood-altering drugs have the ability to make someone feel better or "happy", they come with many side effects that outweigh the good. Prescription drugs have many side effects that could make the person more depressed than they were before. According to Alternative Health with Dr. Lind by Peter Lind, "People who use Prozac and other SSRI drugs are five times as likely to commit suicide as if they took no medication at all." I agree with the article "Forced Smiles" that someone should exercise and eat right to be happy. These soma-styled drugs have a very negative effect on an individual and society. Instead of trying to fix problems naturally, people go to pills because it takes less energy and less time. Some people feel that taking less energy to become happy is a benefit, when it’s actually the total opposite. Honestly, I think that mood-altering drugs are one of the factors for obesity in America today. The fact that people are taking pills to be happy instead of exercising and eating right makes America lazy.
One of the most common mood-altering drugs used in the U.S. today is Abilify. Abilify is used for mood disorders such as, bipolar, schizophrenia, and irritability. Abilify can also be used with other medications to treat depression. Another common mood-altering drug in America is Elavil. Elavil helps improve mood and feelings of well-being. It also relieves anxiety and tension, helps you sleep better, and increases your energy level. Although, both of these drugs can make a person feel better they come with negative side effects such as, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain, blurred vision, constipation, etc.
These drugs can relate to soma because just like soma, theses drugs are taken when someone feels internally unbalanced. In the novel Brave New World by Aldous