Rilee Peterson Showen Antidepressants, The Brave New World, and the Real World Imagine suffering day to day. Feeling as if the entire world around you is dark, disturbing, and at times even pointless. Approximately 14.8 million people in the United States, age eighteen and older, are currently suffering from this disorder known as depression. So what is depression anyways?
Antidepressants are a class of drugs used to treat various mood disorders including major depression. These medications help stabilize a person 's brain chemicals to improve mood.https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antidepressants.html Generally, you must take antidepressants for several weeks in order to enjoy any positive benefits. After taking these drugs for a prolonged period of time, you may choose to discontinue treatment for some reason. Keep in mind, that you should never stop taking your antidepressants without consulting with your doctor. Here 's what you need to know.
A professor of history at Florida State , Darrin M. McMahon, in his New York Times article, “In Pursuit of Unhappiness”, (11-29-2005) he persuades that happiness is a relentless desire to achieve if you find it on your own. the article written by McMahon he quotes that ”Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness..”. He uses evidence to support his claim by using philosophers John Stuart mill and Carlyle quotes to prove that they all have similar views on how to achieve being happy and be cheerful. It's better to do something that makes you carefree rather than waiting for happiness to come “knocking at your door” as if you gain contentment as pure luck. Sometimes it is better to be bliss
Those are just small examples of things that can make someone happy. I think the pursuit of happiness is something way deeper than that, and that is what I came to realize over the course of this year. To me, happiness doesn’t come from the amount of money you have or how successful you are, but rather it comes from the relationships you build here on Earth. The American Literature we explored throughout the school year, make that clear to me.
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley uses soma to serve the purpose of presenting the theme of the pursuit of happiness through drugs. The purpose that soma serves in the novel is that it is a drug that is described and illustrated as the “perfect drug” with no negative effects. The characters in the novel start using it as an escape for unhappiness or dissatisfaction and the happiness that is reached with the drug eventually becomes a trap and it has an addiction effect which leads to people constantly using the drug to reach happiness. Huxley illustrates soma as the “perfect drug” in Brave New World.
Our society has prescription and illegal drug availability. We have drugs like paxil, and flunxetime that make us happy, it makes us not be like ourselves. Our society has Prozac that makes us feel good. Oxycodone oral is another drug we have that makes us feel better. We have a prescription and illegal drug availability.
Arguably, the happier an individual is, the better the quality of their life, and the better off they are. But despite this, there are people who will even argue that lower levels of happiness are the best because you maintain the ability to progress in life and your motivation is still present. Although many people will only see two sides to this argument, there is a totally different view that provides the optimal quality of life and the most beneficial outcome in the big picture; and that is moderate happiness. Cliff Oxford’s essay “High Performance Happy” evaluates the effect that an individual’s happiness has on their beneficiality to society and how you should always strive to be the happiest you can be. Oxford’s main point is that
The citizens are conditioned from birth to be pleased with their social standing and occupations. If, however, there is some discomfort they can simply take a gram of soma, a perfected drug. It is not only offered to anyone to elevate his or her mood, but refusal is highly discouraged. This is seen in the quote, “ “ (pg. ) Besides soma, the children of this fictional work are taught to engage in erotic play; thus encouraging promiscuity.
Soma is a drug that produces artificial happiness and keeps you at a perfect equilibrium between happiness and sadness. This also symbolizes control but in a different way. They’re trying to control the society so that there is no displeasure, there is no conflict. Soma also symbolizes money in the real world. Money is a lot like soma in a lot of ways it can give you temporary artificial happiness but is not there as a permanent, rock solid source of happiness.
In the novel, Brave New World, soma is a drug meant to escape emotions like pain, sadness, and depression. The drug represents the overall well-being of people, so they are always happy and content. In modern society, alcohol functions as soma-like, distorting your reality and making you forget your problems. Another parallel to soma is the societal pressure to drink from advertisements to social pressure. Similarly, the government of Brave New World pushes the usage of soma intensely and the people feel this pressure to consume this drug.
The soma, most importantly, distracts the citizens from all the horrible actions of their society. The citizens, by having such a easy-access to it, become “enslaved” by this narcotic. They simply rely on this empty happiness to cure any feeling of sadness. All the perversions and immoral actions have become unnoticed and “cured” by the principal of soma. This relates to things today; pleasures can lead to immoral actions.
As with many drugs and medications, there is always a potential present for abuse or tolerance as well. Individuals taking these medications may feel side effects that are both physiological and mental in nature. Patients who have not taken their prescribed medication of have grown a tolerance may also show an increased risk for suicide, which is already a high risk for individuals suffering from
In his article "In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac," Mark Kingwell describes how there has been many debates on the meaning of happiness for many years yet still a singular, justifiable definition eludes society. The pursuit to define and understand happiness has invited several debates, questions, arguments, and suggestions alike. In 1996, a hand full of genetic and behavioral studies suggest evidence that one’s achievable degree of happiness is genetically decided, with evidences showing that no achievement will change your happiness, you are either happy or you’re not. Some studies demonstrated a correlation between dopamine levels in the brain and expressions of personal satisfaction, while others indicated that
A recent drug is about to be released called “Psychamine”. Many think that it doesn’t affect the body or put it in an unnatural state, but I believe that it’s still scary. It is different from other depression drugs, meaning it doesn 't change your state of mind, but it gets rid of all sad feelings below the line of contentment. If something sad were to happen, you would not feel sad about it until 12 hours after you ingested the pill. But before I discuss what I intend to do, I’d