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Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

My Version of Being Pro-Medication

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

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Blogging community, Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Working On Us Week 23: Medications

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

antidepressants and suicide risk - the FDA black box warning
Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Antidepressants and Suicide Risk

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

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Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?

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 the mechanism of action? If we're going to about how medications work,… Continue reading Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?

Psych Meds Made Simple

It’s Book Release Day for 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!

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Depression, Psych Meds Made Simple

Do Antidepressants Work? What a New Meta-Analysis Says.

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.

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Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Medications That Can Make You Crazy (Literally)

We work so hard on our mental health, but sometimes we can get knocked down by an unexpected source: prescription medication.  Sure, we all know that some street drugs can adversely affect mental health, but there are also a number of prescription medications for conditions totally unrelated to mental health that can trigger symptoms of… Continue reading Medications That Can Make You Crazy (Literally)

Psych Meds 101 from Mental Health @ Home
Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Psych Meds 101: Sleep Meds

The Psych Meds 101 series on my perspective as a mental health nurse, former pharmacist, and person with depression. This final post in the series focuses on sleep meds. While some of these meds are primarily for sleep, many have other uses as well.  The choice of medication for any given person will be based… Continue reading Psych Meds 101: Sleep Meds