Coming of Age on Zoloft

Katrherine Sharpe, author

Common Hour event series
Sponsored by Department of Biology

Thursday, September 19, 2013
11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
Katherine Sharpe's web page

Katherine Sharpe is the author of the highly-praised Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial, 2012). Born and raised in Northern Virginia, she earned a B.A. in English from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. in English from Cornell University. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Wall Sreet Journal, n 1, Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American Mind, Huffington Post, and numerous other publications. She has taught writing and literature at Cornell, LIM College in Manhattan, and the U.C. Berkeley Extension. Formerly a magazine and web editor in New York, she now makes her home in Berkeley, California.

To a degree unimaginable just 20 years ago, many American teens and young adults use antidepressants, ADHD medications, and other psychiatric drugs as a routine part of their lives. How has this psychopharmaceutical revolution affected our lives on campus? Drawing from her own experience, and from interviews with college students and health providers conducted as research for her book, Coming of Age on Zoloft, Katherine Sharpe will explore the "culture of medication" at college. While psychiatric drugs are often beneficial medicines, she'll argue, their high-profile presence in society can also pose challenges to our search for mental health. She will review those challenges, especially as they apply to people of college age, and suggest a few important ways to change and question the culture of medication, on campus and beyond.

Co-sponsored by Appel Health Services, Health and Wellness, Office of the Provost, Biology Department, Women’s & Gender Studies

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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