Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Should Charlie Brown Be Popping Prozac?

OKEECHOBEE, Florida (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – October is National Depression Month and a mental health expert in Florida thinks Charlie Brown should celebrate by popping Prozac.

Dr. Leland Heller says that fictional characters would probably suffer from depression just like real people and says that while Charlie Brown’s lack of self-confidence and low energy level may be funny in a comic strip, they’re also symptoms of depression that can be treated with anti-depressants.

Meanwhile, Bart Simpson is practically the poster boy for hyperactivity disorder, which usually responds to Ritalin.

On the other hand, Heller says Lucille Ball’s character on I Love Lucy displays both ADD and hyperactivity, along with generalized anxiety disorder, and she may need to be treated with Buspar, and either Ritalin or Adderall.

Finally, Dr. Heller can confirm that “mafia gangster” types like Tony Soprano often suffer from borderline anger, mood and rage disorder and ADHD – because he’s currently treating one as a patient.

The Doc says he has his ex-mafioso patient on Tegretol, Prozac, Adderall and Ritalin.

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