Have you seen the documentary on Xanax

A significant documentary that does not startle but rather provokes contemplation. The societal and individual impacts of this anxiolytic are more than intriguing.

Dec 26, 2022 - 16:28
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Have you seen the documentary on Xanax

Please seek scientific insights, specialists, and legally licensed practitioners before reading this or any other material on mental health.

Not self-proclaimed healers or plain scribblers. So, now that we've established that, let's get to the point of this text: "Take your pills: Xanax," a documentary about the "phenomenon" of Xanax that was recently presented on the Netflix platform.

By selecting the interlocutor and the statistical context, the story is essentially situated in American society. 

The focus of this documentary is reliance on all conceivable (available) anxiolytics, a collaboration of huge pharmaceutical firms, media, and, in part, different authorities.

The most essential element, without a doubt, is occupied by interlocutors' confessions, which were split for the sake of "fair" interpretation into those who have no qualms about taking Xanax and those who have and/or regret having taken it wholeheartedly, naively (carelessly?) for so many years.

Phoebe's (one of the interlocutors) tough narrative about being sexually attacked in the army dominates this documentary because we don't always hear the true reason for taking medications from other interlocutors. Matt's (second interviewee) troubles with fitting in are very relatable.

However, each of the chosen stories (without giving too much away) helps to portray the broad demographic group (white, black, LGBTIQ) to whom these drugs were prescribed, and there is a really neat element towards the end of the film that focuses on the growing up of a new generation of children and how they become targets (victims?) of this health ideology, but also obviously necessary therapeutic practices.

However, most of the video concentrates on these individual experiences, with a few words from specialists and therapists in the field thrown in for good measure.

In terms of content, the majority of what is shown is quite superficial, with some obviously contradictory and absurd comments stated at points. Specifically, the entire context of "light prescribing" of such therapies, as well as the lack of a critical perspective on the, in many cases, contentious cooperation between the media and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the cooperation between medical professionals and the pharmaceutical industry.

There are intriguing and sometimes weird reasons and motives for consuming this pill, which (like many other late-capitalist items) has easily permeated pop-cultural discourse, and this film will remind you of the "famous" film/magazine allusions and the life of this medication.

There is also a lack of a deeper dive into the topic of anxiety, which has often had merely another name throughout history, with all of its qualities that are (of course) conditioned by a slew of socioeconomic factors. The problem is not Xanax in and of itself; the problem is insufficient to use, a difficult connection between doctors and patients, and, as a result, incompetent treatment.

Post by Bryan C.