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Do Medications Help Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a difficult to treat condition that can cause significant distress for those living with it.  While the gold standard for treatment is psychotherapy, specifically dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), medications may also play a supporting role, and that's what this post will focus on. Antidepressants Antidepressants, particularly SSRIs, are some of … Continue reading Do Medications Help Borderline Personality Disorder?

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Our Complicated Relationships with Psychiatric Medications

I can't think of any other type of health condition that has such polarized relationships with medications as mental illness.  In some ways, to medicate or not to medicate has become a moral issue, with various involved parties taking a stance based on principle.  Often this stance is very broad, making sweeping generalizations. I recently … Continue reading Our Complicated Relationships with Psychiatric Medications

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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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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)

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