Empathy, Apathy, Social Control and SSRI Antidepressants

In the existing literature, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor exposure has been occasionally associated with both behavioral apathy and emotional blunting. While frequently described as separate entities, these two syndromes are mutually characterized by indifference and may be united under the single moniker, “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-induced indifference.” Little is known about the epidemiology or etiology of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-induced indifference and few empirical studies have been undertaken. However, this syndrome may be under-recognized by both clinicians and patients (i.e., low insight, particularly among children and adolescents), and is characterized by an insidious onset, dose-dependent effects (i.e., higher selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor doses are more likely to result in symptoms), and complete resolution of symptoms with the discontinuation of the offending drug. Treatment strategies may include a dose reduction of the offending selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, augmentation with a second drug, and/or discontinuation of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and subsequent treatment with a nonselective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant….

In contrast to authors who have emphasized the behavioral aspects of this syndrome, others have emphasized the emotional aspects of indifference. Within this emotional perspective, most authors clearly differentiate emotional indifference from depression.

In defining the clinical features associated with emotional indifference, Opbroek et al describe a diminution in emotional responsiveness. Price and Goodwin describe a reduction in emotional sensitivity as well as a sense of numbing or blunting of the emotions. Price et al note that affected patients oftentimes describe a restricted range of emotions, including those emotions that are a part of everyday life. The preceding authors also describe a number of distinct emotional themes in affected patients, including a general reduction in the intensity or experience of all emotions, both positive and negative; a sense of emotional detachment; “just not caring;” and diminished emotionality in interpersonal relationships, both in personal and professional relationships. While some of these effects may be beneficial at times (e.g., the blunting of an anger response in a volatile patient), they may be detrimental at other times (e.g., emotional indifference at the funeral of a close family member)….

As for prevalence rates, according to a study by Bolling and Kohlenberg, approximately 20 percent of 161 patients who were prescribed an SSRI reported apathy and 16.1 percent described a loss of ambition. In a study by Fava et al, which consisted of participants in both the United States and Italy, nearly one-third on any antidepressant reported apathy, with 7.7 percent describing moderate-to-severe impairment, and nearly 40 percent acknowledged the loss of motivation, with 12.0 percent describing moderate-to-severe impairment. In a third study, researchers examined 43 pediatric patients with anxiety disorders and noted that five percent of the study sample developed apathy while taking fluvoxamine.


Given that the purpose of “antidepressants” as well as shock treatment is to reduce symptoms of misery in oppressive social environments, the self-perception of emotional pain would obviously be among the targets of any such treatment, and some degree of apathy would be the solution.

For social engineers, the apathy must be sufficient to allow ongoing oppression without resistance while maintaining a sufficient level of pleasure/pain perception to sustain the “efficacy” of whatever carrots and sticks are used to provide motivation.   Excess apathy would be counterproductive to this objective.

Needless to say, “free will” is always constrained by the perception of alternatives to the status quo.    This is why many oppressed people consent to such mind-tinkering, and why most psychiatrists think they’re “helping” the patient.    We are all colonized in this way to one degree or another.   This is why psychedelic drugs or just taking a walk in the country are so subversive to the “depression” paradigm as well as the established order.

Mind is infinite, constrained only by the perception of self identity.   If self-identity merges with that of your oppressor, that is mind control.   If it perceives no bounds, that is the perception of liberation, although liberation is always constrained by Godel’s theorem.    In between, when identity is broadened to include but not merge with other identities, that is empathy.  “Reality” is an open set of open sets.  We’re living in an infinity of infinities.

Getting back to social engineering, “self” perception can occur on both individual and social levels.   Suppressing the mass perception of a social “self” with interests and desires apart from the establishment is job one of any oppressive system of social control.     Obstetrical trauma, biochemical tinkering, psychological channeling and economic oppression are all used in pursuit of this objective of empathy control.

Psych Drugs: Prescription for Social Control

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.