The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Ar
March 9, 2005 12:46 PM   Subscribe

The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art. Images from Japanese psychiatric medication advertisements: 1956-2003 (via Absent without leave)
posted by matteo (14 comments total)
Awesome find.
posted by Nelson at 1:06 PM on March 9, 2005

Whoah. The creepiness overwhelms any possible humor value. Great link, matteo.
posted by Asparagirl at 1:13 PM on March 9, 2005

Wow. Some of those images are incredibly powerful statements when you consider what they're selling and the conditions they're designed to treat. Excellent find.
posted by Nugget at 1:24 PM on March 9, 2005

Unbelievably trippy.
posted by Specklet at 1:38 PM on March 9, 2005

Fantastic! :D

(I wonder if any of these drugs are useful against hikikomori?)
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:06 PM on March 9, 2005

These are cool, thanks! The last two or three do seem to be a little more cheerful. I think the symptoms, aetiology, and treatment for psychiatric disorders can be quite different in Japan.
posted by carter at 2:15 PM on March 9, 2005

So if I take Doral (next to last), I'll feel like a Pokemon?
posted by gimonca at 3:11 PM on March 9, 2005


The Deapon icon is...dare I say again...EXCELLENT!
posted by tpl1212 at 3:43 PM on March 9, 2005

Could be in the choice of images, but it is interesting that the imagery suddenly shifts at 2000 from the horrors of mental illness to the utopian happyland of properly medicated people.
posted by 4easypayments at 6:43 PM on March 9, 2005

i'm totally tripping on that Atarax unhappy face being peeled back from the happy face...and those Deliton screwheads are freaky!

wouldn't you love to see stuff like this in tv drug ads today? our 'gotta-go-gotta-go' detrol women (i'm really hoping one day to see a big butch construction worker running around because he has to pee!) and dancing viagra users are creepy, but seem rather tame now.
posted by troybob at 6:56 PM on March 9, 2005

[this is good]
posted by mai at 12:36 AM on March 10, 2005

Great link. The NY Times also had an interesting article up a few months ago re: Japanese attitudes toward psychotropic medication.
posted by longdaysjourney at 8:49 AM on March 10, 2005

wtf? haha love it
posted by rollerball at 10:37 AM on March 10, 2005

[this is awesome]
posted by neckro23 at 7:54 PM on March 10, 2005

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