Emerging blogger, 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, 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

Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys

Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill is a compelling story of one woman's life with bipolar disorder. Like me, Brooke is a nurse.  When she returned to work after her period of acute illness, she was able to have positive conversations self-disclosing to some of her patients who had bipolar disorder in addition… Continue reading Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!

My new baby is now out in the world!  Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a holistic view of how to deal with depression – holistic in the sense that it covers a whole whack of things.  The idea is to give you a bunch of different pieces that you can pick from to put together… Continue reading Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!

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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

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Emily (Positivity Towards Mental Health

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 Emily of Positivity… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Emily (Positivity Towards Mental Health

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