Re: Antidepressants: Happiness is only a drug?

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 23:06:17 MST

"J. R. Molloy" <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg, being generous with his valuable time writes,
> > At least not any drugs we know of... hmm, actually I seem to recall
> > that morphine can replace longing for social success. I don't have my
> > copy of Pankseep's _Affective Neuroscience_ handy, but he makes a
> > strong link between the opiate systems in the brain and social
> > fulfilment.
> Does morphine really replace longing for social success, or displace
> it with drug induced euphoria.

It seems that it actually does both, if I remember Pankseep's book
correctly. Social success signals are apparently transmitted using
opiate signals, so the effect of opiates is to saturate the system,
decreasing the drive for seeking more social success.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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