The Debate About PMDD and Sarafem

@article{Caplan2004TheDA,
  title={The Debate About PMDD and Sarafem},
  author={P. Caplan},
  journal={Women \& Therapy},
  year={2004},
  volume={27},
  pages={55 - 67}
}
  • P. Caplan
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology
  • Women & Therapy
Abstract Complex and delicate issues of ethics and practice confront the feminist therapist in working with women who have been diagnosed, or have diagnosed themselves, as having “Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder” (PMDD). The complexity arises from a combination of the fact that PMDD is an invented “mental illness” that has never been proven to exist, the aggressive marketing campaign created by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly for its drug Sarafem-which is actually Prozac-to treat this “disorder… Expand
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