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During the political season of 1996, The Wall Street Journal published an article on the nation's inexplicable and unshakeable good mood.
It was hard for Bob Dole and other challengers of incumbency to make any headway, the article said, because people just seemed to feel pretty OK about everything. The reporters explored a thicket of theories including -- I'm not kidding -- the macarena. They did not explore a pharmaceutical theory. As I read it, I thought, really? The macarena is having a bigger impact than the explosion in use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors?
Of course people don't feel all that bad ... because they don't feel all the bad! Bob Dole must have figured it out because shortly after the election he went to work as a pitchman for Big Pharma.
Today on our show, two Connecticut authors have written books about the overprescription of anti-depressants.
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