Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: The Anxiety Diva

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving 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 newer members of our community. This post is by Heather of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: The Anxiety Diva

Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving 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 newer members of our community. This post is by Mio of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

Mental health

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, naloxone works more slowly and is longer-acting. … Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

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

Medication Use in Pregnancy

The world likes to get judgy when it comes to medications, particularly those that are viewed as addictive or otherwise "bad" in some way.  The judginess grows exponentially when it's a pregnant woman taking medication. Obviously, it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus.  However, in the real world,… Continue reading Medication Use in Pregnancy

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Blogging community, Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Working On Us Week 23: Medications

It's week 23 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  For details, please visit her post.  This week's topic is medications. Question Prompt: When you first were diagnosed with your mental illness/disorder, did it take a while to get used to your medications that were prescribed to you? … Continue reading Working On Us Week 23: Medications

antidepressants and suicide risk - the FDA black box warning
Mental health, Psych Meds Made Simple

Antidepressants and Suicide Risk

Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide?  There are certainly people out there who are very vocal in insisting that they do.  However, as is so often the case, the loudmouths don't tend to be especially well informed. The FDA black box warning Since 2004, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a… Continue reading Antidepressants and Suicide Risk

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?

Mental health

Do Medications Help Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a hard 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?