Those of you who have been following this blog since the beginning will already have heard about Rutgers Anthropologist Helen Fisher’s theory that SSRI’s are endangering people’s ability to fall in love and stay in love. If you have, the title of the the article I just wrote for Psychology Today online will be familiar: Sex Love, and SSRIs, but this piece delves into the issue far more deeply than my previous posting.
I hope you’ll take the time to read it. While no long term studies have yet confirmed Fisher’s theory, there’s enough evidence to warrant further inquiry. Everything we know about the biology of love seems to support the idea that serotonin reuptake inhibitors are capable of muting feelings of romance and connection, if not extinguish them altogether. I find the possibility that psychotropics are robbing some of us of the capacity for love truly troubling, and I’m surprised that Fisher’s ideas haven’t received more attention in the media.
Certainly, there are those among us who need SSRIs to stay afloat and I am in no way advocating that these people stop taking them. But I also believe these drugs are being widely over prescribed and those who don’t require SSRIs to function should be cognizant of the risks.