Happy December, everyone! Thanksgiving has passed, and it is starting to snow where I live…it really feels like winter! The first two weeks of November were relaxing, then the second half was a bit crazier. My husband and I went to an impromptu one-week-early Thanksgiving dinner (driving 6 hours each way) the third weekend of […] … Continue reading Month in review: November 2019 — Books and Bakes
In case you hadn't noticed, I'm pretty pro-medication when it comes to mental illness. I thought it would be worthwhile, though, to give a little bit more nuanced perspective. The basis of my take on meds comes from my professional training as a pharmacist and then a nurse, years of experience, and many hours of … Continue reading My Version of Being Pro-Medication
It's week 23 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. For details, please visit her post. This week's topic is medications. Question Prompt: When you first were diagnosed with your mental illness/disorder, did it take a while to get used to your medications that were prescribed to you? … Continue reading Working On Us Week 23: Medications
Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide? There are certainly people out there who are very vocal in insisting that they do. However, as is so often the case, the loudmouths don't tend to be especially well informed. The FDA black box warning Since 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a … Continue reading Antidepressants and Suicide Risk
Sometimes you'll hear people argue that doctors don't know how psych meds work, and therefore they shouldn't be used. However, there's a lack of clarity to these statements that, at least in my opinion, casts psychotropic meds in an unfair light. What is mechanism of action? If we're going to about how medications work, that … Continue reading Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! 🇨🇦 The ebook versions of my new book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and my first book Psych Meds Made Simple are on sale through the Mental Health @ Home Store today only for $1.99 each! And totally aside from that, a huge thank you to all of you for making this blogging … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sale!
Thanks so much to Casey for this amazing review of my book!
Well this is exciting - the 2nd review of my book today! Thanks Marie!
Thanks to Johnzelle for this amazing review of my book!
Yay! A review of my book from the fabulous Karen at Blue Sky Days 365 😃
Today I hit the big 4-0. I remember when I thought that 40 marked the beginning of being officially "old". Now it's just another number. In addition, though, I've embraced becoming more curmudgeonly, and even if someone called me old it wouldn't bother me. What is a bit a weird is seeing people a fair … Continue reading Happy birthday to me… but the gift is for you!
My first book, Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do, has been out in the world for 2 weeks now, and I'm thrilled by the positive response so far! The book is aimed at helping people who take psych meds to be empowered to make informed decisions about their mental illness … Continue reading Free to download today! My book Psych Meds Made Simple 🎉
My first book, Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do, is available today on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. It's everything you didn't realize you wanted to know about medications! So, what's this book about? People living with mental illness are often left out of the loop when it comes … Continue reading It’s Book Release Day for Psych Meds Made Simple!
A recent paper published in the Lancet looked at how effective antidepressants are, and this has been reported on in the media. Since media outlets don't necessarily have strong research literacy, let's take a look at what the paper itself has to say. My earlier post on research literacy explains some of the terms I'll be using … Continue reading Do antidepressants work? What a new meta-analysis says.