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Jim Carrey Tells Larry King That Prozac Is For Suckers

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Jim Carrey is self-aware enough to know that he pulled a Tom Cruise last night by railing against anti-depression meds like Prozac, and yet, he spreads his completely unscientific opinion anyway.

I'm just going to give you the full transcript to highlight the ridiculousness:

KING: Didn't you suffer from depression?
CARREY: Yes, yes. I'm on a manic high right now. Can't you tell?
KING: How did you get through that to this?
CARREY: Well, that's another thing. You know at the risk of like opening up the whole Tom Cruise Prozac argument, you know, I don't disagree in many ways. I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time. But I believe if you're on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem. You never get to see what the problem is, because everything is just kind of OK. And so, you don't deal. And people deal when they get desperate.
KING: So how did you do it?
CARREY: I take supplements.
KING: Vitamins?
CARREY: Yes — well, it's not — well, it is vitamins. But it's also certain elements of the brain like Tyrosine and hydroxytryptophan that they're treating depression with now. It is a natural substance that's in your brain. Instead of being a Serotonin inhibitor, which just uses the serotonin you have and Prozac and things like that — it just uses the Serotonin you have and it doesn't allow it go back into the receptor. It metabolizes your serotonin after a while and you have to keep taking more and more to feel good. This actually creates dopamine and creates serotonin. It's a wonderful thing. It's amazing. I'm going to talk a lot about it in the near future.
KING: You're going to write about it?

Look, these "supplements" seem to have worked for Jim Carrey, and good for him. But Prozac works for other people, and not just for short periods of time. And I'm sure those people don't really want to hear some L.A.-fried new agey bullshit about how they're just not "getting to the problem" or "dealing with their issues." At the beginning of the clip, he babbles on about how getting "mugged in an alleyway [or] hit with a brick in the face" is the best thing that ever happened to you because it's "how the universe works." Pretty easy for someone who gets $20 million a movie to say, right?


CNN Larry King Live Transcript 12/15/08 [CNN]