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

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 inflammatory marker in… Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

blister packed pink and white pills
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

pills being poured into a glass bowl
Mental health

Do you tend to blame your 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 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

antique book
Mental health

Judging a Book By its Cover – Living with Medication Side Effects

We live in a world in which people are constantly judging us on how we look.  Our body shape, our clothing, and any sign that we somehow deviate from what is "normal", expected, or otherwise considered acceptable.  Mental illness is not always overtly obvious, but sometimes the effects of it are.  Hygiene may go out… Continue reading Judging a Book By its Cover – Living with Medication Side Effects

pills and capsules
Mental health, 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.

antique bottle labelled poison
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)