book cover: Shame Ate My Soul by Sue Walz
Book reviews

Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz's personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I've known Sue, who blogs at My Loud Whispers of Hope, since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they… Continue reading Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Mental health

Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

Image by Dawid Cedler from Pixabay I've never been especially prone to side effects from medications.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before due to side effects. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over for a while.  I've had elevated levels of… Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

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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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Mental health

Do You Tend to Blame Your Mental Illness or Your Meds?

Why?  Whatever the issue might be, and whatever might be happening to us, we always want to know why. (Note: you can read a bit more about that in my post on attribution theory.) For people taking psychiatric medications for mental illness, there's often a lot going on in both mind and body, and it… Continue reading Do You Tend to Blame Your Mental Illness or Your Meds?

Body cast in Pompeii
Mental health, Travel

Falling head over heels for Italy

Despite the happy-sounding title, I'm talking about falling in a very little sense. The combination of lithium-induced clumsiness and cobblestone streets was bound to catch up to me. It was around 6am and I was walking to the train station to catch an early train to Pompeii. I was crossing a street and completely wiped… Continue reading Falling head over heels for Italy

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Mental health

Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

We live in a world in which people are constantly judging us on how we look.  Sometimes, the effects of mental illness are overtly obvious, like when hygiene goes flying out the window, or when eating pattern changes produce major weight loss or gain. Things like weight gain can also be very visible side effects… Continue reading Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

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Depression, Psych Meds Made Simple

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

Do antidepressants work? There's a lot of stigma around psychiatric medications, and plenty of people would argue that no, antidepressants don't work. There are also people, that argue that medication is life-saving. Those are personal experiences, but what does the research have to say? A recent paper published in the Lancet, and reported on in… 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)