Archive: Side Effects (2013)

In Soderbergh’s Side Effects (2013), a young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Are Psychiatric Issues Side Effects of Civilizing?

An entertaining movie with unpredictable twists, Side Effects (Soderbergh, 2013) had me thinking. This movie about psychiatry and psychiatric issues certainly represents our times, when so many people take medications.

It came to mind, then, what others have proposed—that some of our difficulties may be unintended consequences of introducing new technologies into our daily lives, i.e., side effects of civilizing (Cowan, 1983; Brynjolfsson, 1993).

Why Do So Many People Need Medication?

In all areas over the past two centuries, mankind has made mind-blowing advancements—especially notable in computing technologies and healthcare. With all that the world has to offer at our fingertips, our lives are more convenient than ever before. So, why do so many people need medication Continue reading Are Psychiatric Issues Side Effects of Civilizing?