Mental health

Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Naltrexone (brand names include Vivitrol and ReVia) blocks opioid receptors just like Narcan (naloxone), which is used to treat opioid overdoses.  Both drugs prevent any opioids in the vicinity From being able to latch onto opioid receptors and do their opioid thing.  While Narcan and fast- and short-acting, naloxone works more slowly and is longer-acting. … Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Health & health care, Mental health

Gate Control Theory of Pain

What does the gate control theory of pain have to do with a mental health blog?  Well, co-occurring mental illness and chronic pain are remarkably common.  For example, among people with fibromyalgia, over 50% experience depression.  The rates of anxiety disorders are also over 50%.  People with depression and anxiety disorders are also at increased… Continue reading Gate Control Theory of Pain

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Mental health

Medication Use in Pregnancy

The world likes to get judgy when it comes to medications, particularly those that are viewed as addictive or otherwise "bad" in some way.  The judginess grows exponentially when it's a pregnant woman taking medication. Obviously, it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus.  However, in the real world,… Continue reading Medication Use in Pregnancy

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What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for pain. While initially, the idea of a psychological form of treatment for a physical problem may sound a bit odd at first, it makes more sense when you consider how inextricably connected… Continue reading What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain