A Prescription Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

A Prescription Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful

April 17, 2009

Today, I have a news (video) clip about a new drug that helps people who have a “persistently positive outlook on life.”

The following ONN news clip reports that the FDA approved the first ever depressant drug. (Note: NOT an anti-depressant.) It’s a proposed treatment for the “approximately 20 million Americans who are insufferably cheery.”

The depressant treats a wide range of symptoms including: “Participating in Community Theatre” and “Organizing Neighborhood Potlucks.”

Click the play button below to watch the 2-minute video clip and then make sure to read my commentary afterward.

Please note: The video contains profanities (one written, one verbal)…

Are You Too Happy?
“Despondex Could be Right for You…”

Real or Spoof?

When I first saw this video I wasn’t sure if it was real or a spoof. We’ve already seen so many crazy drugs and treatments approved by the FDA – this is hardly unbelievable. Which is why it’s so funny – it exaggerates just a bit what we’ve come to expect.

It may even be on Big Pharma’s cutting room floor. I can see this striking the money cord with some “marketing genius.” They’ve already created diseases out of so many afflictions (e.g. “shyness,” “heartburn from overating“)… why not add “excessive happiness” to the list.

The Standardization of Moods

A growing theme with world powers is the “standardization” of how we live. Where a select few get to decide what is “normal” and then require everybody else to conform. We are even seeing that with the new agriculture bill (H.R. 875) that aims to force all farms to use GMO seeds and pesticides (under the guise of food safety).

In this Depondex spoof we are seeing a different kind of standardization. The standardization of moods. As “Eva Hendry” said in the clip: “Now Jeff and I can just waste a night sitting on the couch watching a TV show neither of us enjoy – like a regular couple.”

The “Natural” Way to Feeling Crummy

But, as the video points out, a “natural” alternative would simply involve feeding people a diet of corn syrup and white bread while denying them any form of exercise. Based on that statement, one may conclude that doing the opposite would alleviate depression.

Is happiness that simple? Probably not for everyone, but it’s definitely a good start. People who eat real food, exercise every day and watch little TV tend to feel happier than the norm.

Sadly, when you are already feeling bad, junk food and an evening with the TV remote seem more attractive than going for a swim, preparing healthy food or reading a good book.

But everything comes down to habits and what you are used to. You can get trapped in a cycle of unhappiness or in a cycle of happiness.

Unhappiness or happiness can be a choice! I choose happiness and always try to look for the best feeling-thought that I can think.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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