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

Living with Psych Med Side Effects

For anyone need 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 side… Continue reading Living with Psych Med Side Effects

Treatment-resistant depression, and what my meds do help with
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

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: The Anxiety Diva

This post is by Heather of The Anxiety Diva. I needed an antipsychotic to get through the pandemic Like most people my anxiety was taken to new levels during this pandemic. I could not focus and felt like my head was going to explode with all the anxious thoughts I was having. I have already… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: The Anxiety Diva

Emerging Blogger Series, 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)

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

Mental Health

Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side effects

Image by Dawid Cedler from Pixabay I've never been especially prone to medication side effects.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before because I couldn't handle dealing with the side effects. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. The prednisone bus It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over for… Continue reading Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side effects

blister packed pink and white pills
Mental Illness Treatment

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. My take on meds comes from my professional training as a pharmacist and then nurse, years of experience, and many hours of continuing education.  I've seen… Continue reading My Version of Being Pro-Medication

Mental illness and medication use in pregnancy - graphic of pregnant woman and health icons
Mental Illness Treatment

Mental Illness and 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 comes to medication use in pregnancy. Obviously, it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus.  However, in the real… Continue reading Mental Illness and Medication Use in Pregnancy

antidepressants and suicide risk - the FDA black box warning
Mental Illness Treatment

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

Do we know how psych meds work? - cartoon of a neural synapse
Mental Illness Treatment

Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?

Sometimes you'll hear people argue that doctors don't know how psych meds work, and therefore they shouldn't be used.  However, there's a lack of clarity to these statements that, at least in my opinion, casts psychotropic meds in an unfair light. What is the mechanism of action? If we're going to about how medications work,… Continue reading Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?