health versus disease

fluoxetine

fluoxetine #1 (flower), 2015

field view size: 0.044 x 0.029 in

print: 52 x 34.6 in / 25.9 x 17.3 in

flowers

cheerfulness

liveliness

optimist

mental health

drug

pharmacotherapy

antidepressant

anxiolytic

mental disorders

bipolar disorder

bulimia

obesity

depression

fibromyalgia

obsessive-compulsive disorder

panic disorder

post-traumatic stress

premenstrual syndrome

neurobiology

neurochemistry

neurophysiology

neuropsychiatry

cognitive science

neuropsychopharmacology

neuroscience

WHO List of Essential Medicines

fluoxetine #2 (flowers), 2015

field view size: 0.029 x 0.044 in

print: 46.1 x 69.1 in / 23 x 34,6 in

flowers

cheerfulness

liveliness , optimist

mental health

drug

pharmacotherapy

antidepressant

anxiolytic

mental disorders

bipolar disorder

bulimia , obesity

depression

fibromyalgia

obsessive-compulsive disorder

panic disorder

post-traumatic stress

premenstrual syndrome

neurobiology

neurochemistry

neurophysiology

neuropsychiatry

cognitive science

neuropsychopharmacology

neuroscience

WHO List of Essential Medicines

fluoxetine #3 (inflorescence), 2015

field view size: 0.029 x 0.044 in

print: 46.1 x 69.1 in / 23 x 34,6 in

inflorescence , flowers

cheerfulness

liveliness , optimist

mental health , drug

pharmacotherapy

antidepressant

anxiolytic

mental disorders

bipolar disorder

bulimia , obesity

depression

fibromyalgia

obsessive-compulsive disorder

panic disorder

post-traumatic stress

premenstrual syndrome

neurobiology

neurochemistry

neurophysiology

neuropsychiatry

cognitive science

neuropsychopharmacology

neuroscience

WHO List of Essential Medicines

fluoxetine #4 (butterfly), 2015

field view size: 0.029 x 0.044 in

print: 46.1 x 69.1 in / 23 x 34,6 in

butterfly , flower

light and darkness

cheerfulness

liveliness , optimist

mental health, drug

pharmacotherapy

antidepressant

anxiolytic

mental disorders

bipolar disorder

bulimia , obesity

depression

fibromyalgia

obsessive-compulsive disorder

panic disorder

post-traumatic stress

premenstrual syndrome

neurobiology

neurochemistry

neurophysiology

neuropsychiatry

cognitive science

neuropsychopharmacology

neuroscience

WHO List of Essential Medicines

fluoxetine

When photographing this molecule I wondered what possible link could there exist between its spatial arrangement and its main pharmacological action. Finally, the shapes of flowers and flower-like appendages, as well as the outlines of a tiny butterfly, were revealed to me. These are icons of a state-of-the-art drug used as an antidepressant.

 

It helps the neurotransmitter serotonin increase its activity in the brain and boost our mood.

Its chemical action is thus capable of raising the spirits of the voluble posthuman.

 

The latest stage in the evolution of our species is characterized by larger cranial capacity, higher intelligence, greater knowledge, and maybe by an increased emotional vulnerability. The environment of humans in developed countries is extremely complex and advanced, and constantly assaults our emotions with new forms of relation and social contexts.

We should probably wonder why this molecule is in such a high demand in our society, and why our serotonin levels require the help of a chemical to keep our mood and anxiety in acceptable levels. Maybe we should provide ourselves with an appropriate social environment and then allow our bodies to find their own balance. While we do that, we can count on this molecule to do its job.

 

Antonio Romero

cheerfulness,

liveliness,

optimist,

mental health,

drug,

pharmacotherapy,

antidepressant,

anxiolytic,

mental disorders,

bipolar disorder,

bulimia,

obesity,

depression,

fibromyalgia,

obsessive-compulsive disorder,

panic disorder,

post-traumatic stress,

premenstrual syndrome,

neurobiology,

neurochemistry,

neurophysiology,

neuropsychiatry,

cognitive science,

neuropsychopharmacology,

neuroscience,

WHO List of Essential Medicines

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