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To the editor:

I consider my family and me to be Prozac survivors also, but I'm sure not in the way Ann B. Tracy (Deseret News, Feb. 22) would understand.In December 1989, my husband became very ill. He was almost "zombie" like, except for when he was experiencing a panic attack. He could not make simple decisions or even reason rationally. He was paranoid and hallucinated that he was losing his home and family. He felt completely out of control.

After some laboratory tests and an examination, he was determined to be suffering from a chemical imbalance, or "clinical depression." The doctor prescribed Prozac. My husband took this for many months. He will soon be totally off it and totally well.

It took many months of therapy and medicine before he was the man that I had married. But Prozac saved his life, our marriage and our family.

Depression is not an illness to kid around with. If articles like the one quoting Ann Tracy had appeared when he was first taking Prozac and if he had read them, he would have quit taking it and we would have never reaped the benefits of this miracle drug.

For people who believe they have experienced bad side effects from Prozac I would pose the following questions: Are you taking it according to your doctor's directions? Have you reported your side effects to your physician?

To the general public, Prozac is a very effective drug, if used according to directions. It does not cure people immediately, but I know that it has helped and will continue to help many desperately sick people.

Yes, we consider ourselves to be Prozac survivors. We have a much fuller and healthier life now than we would have if we had listened to rumor rather than sound medical advice.

Kathy Buhler Ballard

West Valley City