By Anna Merlan
By Albert Samaha
By Tessa Stuart
By Anna Merlan
By Roy Edroso
By Carolyn Hughes
By Chuck Strouse
By Albert Samaha
Last week, researchers claimed big improvements in developing new medications for patients with long-term depression; meanwhile, drug companies are making a move to market already available antidepressants for people who are socially inept. Got problems?
Resides:Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Do you get depressed? More than most lately. My place burned down. I was on the streets for about a year. I just moved into a new place recently. I feel better now, but I have a hard time sleeping. I've been out on the streets too long.
What do you do?I just snap out of it. I was on Zoloft and Kalopin, I think it's called. It worked for me. They won't prescribe it for me anymore, though. So now, I just deal.
Would you consider taking medication?It helped me definitely. It was great.
What else would you like a pill for?Just something for depression-it's the main issue. It's half of people's problems.
Do you get depressed? Yeah. Once in a while everybody does. It's part of life.
What do you do?Write poetry. It allows me to get out feelings that I can't get out to other people. I also listen to sad love songs.
Would you consider taking medication?No. But I choose not to anymore.
What else would you like a pill for?To stop procrastinating and to do my homework.
Do you get depressed? I'm relentlessly cheery. Big world events, Kosovo, depress me. Boredom depresses me.
What do you do?I'll bake. Shop. Read. The flea market. There's a very close relationship between the flea market and happiness if you're a junk junkie.
Would you consider taking medication?I'm practically a closet Christian Scientist. I was younger. It didn't hinder me in any way.
What else would you like a pill for?If they could come up with a really good pill to stop smoking, I'd take that pill. That would be the dream pill.
Resides:Lower East Side
Do you get depressedNo. I've always been happy.
What do you do?If I ever am, I'd probably play basketball. I play on the West 4th Street courts. It's intense over there.
Would you consider taking medication?No. I'd probably see a psychiatrist. But even if they prescribed pills, I wouldn't take it.
What else would you like a pill for?A pill to produce, like, twins and triplets. I've always wanted that.
Do you get depressed? Yeah. Really often. Like every other day.
What do you do?Usually, just sit around thinking about things in the dark. Sometimes I get really violent, not towards other people, just break things. Just the other day I carved a scar into my arm. It relieved a lot of stress.
Would you consider taking medication?Oh, yeah. It wasn't prescribed, but Prozac. It works. Whenever I can get it.
What else would you like a pill for?Eternal youth.
Do you get depressed? I got depressed when my father and my aunt died a few years ago.
What do you do?I ate. I cried. I thought about the times we had. I looked at pictures. I stayed at home most of the time. It didn't help, but I had to get over it.
Would you consider taking medication?No. No pills.
What else would you like a pill for?Just something to give me good health, to stay healthy all the time.
Resides:East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Do you get depressed? Not really. You know why? I'm a spiritual person. My belief in my savior, Jesus Christ, makes me feel good.
What do you do?When I do get depressed, I take a step back, reassess the situation, and I call upon the Lord.
Would you consider taking medication?No.
What else would you like a pill for?This pill would eradicate the AIDS virus and all other diseases. Being in pain is no fun at all.