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
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?
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?
In Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Caroline Foran aims to help you change your relationship with anxiety so that rather than trying to avoid it you can own it. The book isn't preachy at all, and feels like a chat with a good friend. The author takes a no-bullshit tone, and assures … Continue reading Book review: Own It
Depression and Medications The emerging blogger series is a way to give mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. To start … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brenda
I have never had a problem with medications in general, and in my work as a nurse I've seen how much good they can do. Despite that, I've gone off the meds I take for depression a few times, and that's what this post is about. My first episode of depression was in 2007. I … Continue reading My experiences of going off meds
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
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.
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)
This is the last in the psych meds 101 series; I've previously posted about antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety meds, drawing on my perspective as a mental health nurse, former pharmacist, and person with depression. While some of these meds are used primarily for sleep, many have other uses as well. The choice of … Continue reading Psych meds 101: Sleep meds