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Mental Health

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

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Mental Health

Is Overgeneralizing Negative Experiences Helpful?

While browsing on NetGalley for books to read, I came across a book called The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy: A Mental Health Industry Bonanza of Profit and Human Destruction. Alrighty then. Here's part of the book description on Amazon: "When discovering that she is the exception of the rule concerning genuine PTSD experiencers' recovery… Continue reading Is Overgeneralizing Negative Experiences Helpful?

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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

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Mental Health

Do You Tend to Blame Your Mental Illness or Your Psych 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 Mental Illness or Your Psych Meds?

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Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

We live in a world in which people are constantly judging us on how we look.  Sometimes, the effects of mental illness are overtly obvious, like when hygiene goes flying out the window, or when eating pattern changes produce major weight loss or gain. Things like weight gain can also be very visible side effects… Continue reading Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

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Mental Health

This One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: ECT in Real Life

Ask anyone of a certain age what comes to mind first when they hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (aka ECT, aka electroshock therapy, aka shock therapy), and chances are they will mention the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The reality is very different.