“Why is this woman tired?…because she is mentally “done in.” many of your patients–particularly housewives–are crushed under a load of dull, routine duties that leave them in a state of mental and emotional fatigue…Dexedrine will give them a feeling of energy and well-being, renewing their interest in life and living.”
Yup. Those days.
Now I have the Happy Working Song stuck in my head.
I wonder what else could have renewed her interest in life and living? Maybe if we looked at the things that were causing her “mental and emotional fatigue?” I’m imagining the doctor’s visit now :
Mom: “Doctor, I have so much to do every day, I think it’s getting to me. I feel crushed under a load of dull, routine duties. It’s almost like I’m mentally ‘done in.’”
Doctor: “The answer is simple. I help moms like you all the time.”
Mom: “Should I re-prioritize so I can find time to recharge during the day?”
Doctor: “Goodness no. Amphetamines will do the trick.”
Or, we could, you know, lighten mom’s workload and make sure she gets regular time away. Maybe send her out for a break when dad gets home this Friday and let him put the kids to bed.
Oh, wait. Never mind. I forgot about this part:
Stuff like dinner and bed–that’s her kind of pressure, and it lasts all day. So Dad can’t help. Tranquilizers make more sense.
Though I guess we could maybe make a few changes around the house. You know, dust less, get mom to drop the PTA, have Dad fold his own shirts. Just to free up some of her time.
“You know this woman.
She’s anxious, tense, irritable. She’s been this way for months.
Beset by the seemingly insurmountable problems of raising a young family, and confined to her home most of the time, her symptoms reflect as sense of inadequacy and isolation.
Serax (Oxazapam) cannot change her environment, of course. But it can help relieve anxiety, tension, agitation, and irritability, thus strengthening her ability to cope with day-to-day problems.”
Oh, right. We can’t set her free. That would involve breaking with social norms.
Well, Serax can’t change her environment, that’s true. But couldn’t we? Many moms really do need medication to help them with their depression, but it sounds like this mom’s troubles are caused purely by her environment. If her symptoms “reflect a sense of inadequacy and isolation,” maybe that means she’s, oh, I don’t know, overburdened and isolated? Wouldn’t it make more sense to readjust our expectations so she’s not struggling to meet impossibly high standards, and make sure she has friends and time away from the house during the day, rather than just filling her up with drugs so that she thinks everything’s peachy?
Sure. I guess.
But then she’d get less vacuuming done.
How wonderful that modern medicine lets her to keep doing the things that matter most.
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