A few days ago I was busy in the kitchen. Since I am a chronic multitasker, in addition to cleaning, cooking and playing with Sprout, it was time to catch up on some shows, especially since I never have time to watch TV (I do not even have cable!). I googled the show I wanted to watch (yes, the only way I watch TV is on my PC ), which happened to be on abc.com and went to doing my chores. Suddenly I noticed that Sprout, who was rolling around in her walker, stopped. I followed her gaze to see what got her attention. It turned out to be an animated commercial… for an antidepressant. Oh, no! What is my kiddo seeing at her tender 12 months of age?! Worse yet, what was she hearing?
While “sad-to-happy, miracle drug” story unfolded in front of our eyes, I paid attention to the babbled off disclaimers of possible side effects. The voice-over was going through them so quickly, I thought I was hearing an auctioneer chant: ”Going once, going twice… sold to that lady with a sad face… Lady, you bought yourself happiness, but you have to know that as happy as you will get, you might also end up with some severe side effects, including death, more depression, or even commit a suicide. But lady, don’t you worry about it, because you have a chance of feeling normal.”
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