Cages, craniums, and giant scary eyes
July 28, 2014 11:37 AM   Subscribe

How could this one be omitted?
posted by thelonius at 11:41 AM on July 28 [7 favorites]

Dexamyl is especially helpful for when your patient is a carburetor.
posted by phunniemee at 11:46 AM on July 28

I remember seeing some schwag for a psychiatric medication once which showed pictures of cats painted by someone being treated. You could see a clear progression of treatment, as the cats went from barely recognizable scrawls of color and madness to plain ol' pictures of cats rendered realistically. The thing was, the early untreated painting were vastly more interesting and appealing, and the whole thing made me a little sad.
posted by freebird at 11:59 AM on July 28 [2 favorites]

"useful in many therapeutic settings" will be the title of my memoir.
posted by Frowner at 12:03 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

Though I'm on a relatively low dosage of Buspirone I'm constantly worried that it's turning me into somebody I'm not. It has actually helped me a great deal and I think it's turning me into the person I actually am when I can stop to think for 5 minutes at a time, but these pictures don't give me much confidence. I now am worried that in a few years there will be an outcry against it and now I will have to take even more to stave off those fears.

Nice link though and I honestly did enjoy it.

-Back to twitching for no good reason...
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 12:08 PM on July 28

Side effects of Loxitane® may include infuriating vagueness.

What do you expect? They don't even make it from lox.
posted by ubiquity at 12:12 PM on July 28

Metafilter: Unusual thought content - a target symptom.
posted by Segundus at 12:15 PM on July 28

You could see a clear progression of treatment, as the cats went from barely recognizable scrawls of color and madness . . .

AKA, cats.
posted by The Bellman at 12:26 PM on July 28 [3 favorites]

I came here to link the one that thelonius did. It is a classic.
posted by neuron at 12:38 PM on July 28

Oh, man...Elavil. I haven't heard of that in ages.

is still in wide use. The docs used it on my mom when she was up in the geriatric psych ward.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:43 PM on July 28

Side effects of Loxitane® may include infuriating vagueness.

A small price to pay for favorable trends! Do you have any idea how many families have been waiting in silent agony for some kind - any kind - of a trend? And these were favorable! Favorable!

There's just no pleasing some people.
posted by Naberius at 12:52 PM on July 28

The worst part of treating depression is the med roulette you go through when trying to find something that clicks for you and doesn't have too many negative side-effects. At least we have better meds these days. Those 70's meds were chock-full-o-side-effects. They were pharmaceutical blunderbusses.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:07 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

Thanks - my wife is a psychiatrist and loved this.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:16 PM on July 28

Nice find, Iridic. There's also this gallery of vintage psycho-pharmaceutical ads, including some for the then-new Thorazine, Methadone, and Quaalude.
posted by Doktor Zed at 1:27 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

WOW! We’re not saying you should slip very powerful drugs into in your patient’s drink without their knowledge. We’re just saying if you do, do it with Haldol®!
How incredibly flippant about treating someone's health and well-being.
posted by Cranberry at 1:36 PM on July 28

Really enjoying the top ad on Doktor Zed's link. "Gramps gettin' sassy? THORAZINE!"
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 1:56 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

Am I mefi-old if I say previously, now?
posted by dabitch at 1:57 PM on July 28

Dexamyl is one of those amazing "don't make em like that anymore" drugs - amphetamine and amobarbital in the same pill...
posted by atoxyl at 2:02 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

I actually like that Sinequan ad- the image is about accurate, imo.
posted by small_ruminant at 2:20 PM on July 28

This is a nice visual for Thorazine
posted by dabitch at 2:50 PM on July 28

Freebird, were they the cat pictures of Louis Wain? I think the idea that the progression of his hallucinogenic cats were necessarily tied to the development of his condition is questioned by some these days, but it's too compelling a story to die...
posted by Devonian at 4:14 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]

I found an old bottle of Dexamyl in a heap of drugstore detritus. Boy…fun times. A night of board games with friends became positively euphoric.
posted by kozad at 4:35 PM on July 28

Jeez these are sinister. I like the little bouncing egg guy in the zoloft commercials much better.
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 5:44 PM on July 28

Really interesting to see these and how therapy slowly faded out of the advertising for SSRIs, a bit like how sugar cereals bill themselves as part of a complete breakfast.

This makes me realize I never really thought about when or how psychology started to transition from Freud and Jung to cognitive behavioral therapy. Are there any good books about this part of medical history?
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:22 PM on July 28

Sheesh, and these days we have to stick to green coffee extract, back then there was appetrol and dexamyl. From this I found that America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic was 1929–1971.
posted by dabitch at 10:29 AM on July 29

America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic was 1929–1971

It must have peaked right around the release of Harry Gibson's "Who Put The Benezedrine In Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine."
posted by Iridic at 11:14 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]

I love the running commentary and the casual mention that psychiatry used to humbly kowtow to Freud and the psychoanalysts.

I vote for teh eyes and teh children's drawings, plus the disturbing turtle shell.

It's tough to quickly find modern adverts for things like Xanax. Only this Daily Mail article where a clothesmaker is sued for putting Xanax on a football jersey as a style statement. WTH.

I also wonder who the blog author is, given that his blog tagline is: "NOT A SOCIAL JUSTICE BLOG! STOP ONLY READING MY POSTS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE!"
posted by niphates at 2:14 PM on July 29

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