Medication half-lives: graphics of capsules and hourglass
Mental Illness Treatment

Medication Half-Life: What it Means and Why it Matters

If you take medication, or even if you haven't, you may have heard of the term half-life. But what does it actually mean? The idea for this post came from Angela of I Am My Own Island. Pharmacokinetics Half-life has to do with pharmacokinetics, which refers to the way a drug moves through the body.… Continue reading Medication Half-Life: What it Means and Why it Matters

Medications that can help with nightmares: cartoon of scared person in bed
Trauma and PTSD

Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Anyone can have nightmares, but up to 80% of people with PTSD experience nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD. The idea for this came from an article that SkinnyHobbit shared about the treatment of nightmares, which is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2018. What can worsen nightmares Some… Continue reading Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain's hormonal air traffic… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

Antipsychotics and weight gain: Which meds are most likely to pack on the pounds?
Mental Illness Treatment

Antipsychotics and the Likelihood of Weight Gain

This post is based on an article that Skinny Hobbit shared with me. It was published last year in The Lancet Psychiatry and compared the potential for weight gain with different antipsychotics. The link between antipsychotics and weight gain To start, let's talk about why antipsychotics can cause weight gain. There are multiple different neurotransmitter… Continue reading Antipsychotics and the Likelihood of Weight Gain

Antidepressants, side effects, and delayed benefits
MH@H Depression

Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

Have you ever wondered why antidepressant side effects seem to be worse at the beginning, or why it takes so long for them to actually start doing what you expect of them? There is actually some rhyme and reason for it, so let's talk about it. Let's talk serotonin People with depression don't have enough… Continue reading Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

Taking psychiatric medication - graphics of neuron and pills
Mental Illness Treatment

Taking Psych Meds: I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

There’s a lot of stigma around taking psych meds to treat mental illness. Meds certainly aren’t right for every person or every condition, but they're a good tool to have available as part of the mental illness toolbox. For all the social kerfuffle over meds, they are just a tool. Getting well (or getting by)… Continue reading Taking Psych Meds: I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

Living with side effects of psych meds - graphic of scale and pills
Mental Illness Treatment

Living with Psych Med Side Effects

For anyone who needs to take medications for a chronic condition like mental illness, dealing with side effects may end up being part of the reality of taking meds. The pros should always be outweighing the cons, but the right balance can be hard to find. No side effects is possible All medications have potential… Continue reading Living with Psych Med Side Effects

Treatment-resistant depression and what my meds do still help with - image of pill bottle and depressed person
MH@H Depression

Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

Pretty much the same cocktail of meds I'm on now used to work well, and got me into full remission (i.e. no symptoms at all between episodes). I'm not sure what got me thinking about this recently, but while my depression has become increasingly treatment-resistant overall, my medications are still doing a pretty good job… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

This post is by Mio of Mentally Ill in America. My Possible Origin Story It most likely began when I was two. I was taken to the ER for a fever that would ultimately rise to 107. But, first there was church to attend to… Once that let out (or whenever it was that my… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

Naltrexone: what it's approved for and what it has some evidence of benefit for
Mental Illness Treatment

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, naltrexone works more slowly and is longer-acting.  It's available… Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around