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
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 judgyness 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
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
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
It's week 19 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for guidelines on participation. This week's prompt As I did last week, I am requesting bloggers to write a narrative by explaining how this disorder has affected your lifestyle and overall well-being. I also … Continue reading Working On Us Week 19: ADHD
I recently saw an article on the Canadian news site cbc.ca. It warned that there was a manufacturer's shortage of the antidepressant bupropion, both brand name and generic. No reason was given for the shortage, and Health Canada doesn't require this information. The brand name manufacturer told CBC that the shortage had been resolved … Continue reading Manufacturer’s Shortage – Where Did Our Meds Go?
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