The inherent bias in online reports of side effects
Mental Illness Treatment

Bias in Online Stories of Psych Med Side Effects

You can find all kinds of stories online of people reporting negative experiences with different forms of psychiatric medication. However, there's inherent bias in that kind of reporting of side effects, so you really can't use that information to effectively generalize how safe or effective a treatment is. In this post, we'll look at where… Continue reading Bias in Online Stories of Psych Med Side Effects

This one flew over the cuckoo's nest: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in real life
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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.

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

Is generalizing negative mental illness experiences helpful? - image of concentric rings expanding outward
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Is Generalizing Negative Mental Illness 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. The author was generalizing their own negative experiences and concluding, based on that, that PTSD was made up to turn a profit. Here's… Continue reading Is Generalizing Negative Mental Illness Experiences Helpful?

book cover: Shame Ate My Soul by Sue Walz
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Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz's personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I've known Sue, who blogs at My Loud Whispers of Hope, since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they… Continue reading Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

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Calling It Quits Due To Medication 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 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… Continue reading Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side Effects

Key elements of my version of being pro-psychiatric medication
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

Antidepressants and suicide risk: the FDA black box warning and other factors to consider
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

pills being poured into a glass bowl
Mental Illness Treatment

Do You Blame Symptoms on Mental 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 Blame Symptoms on Mental Illness or Your Meds?

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Master of My Domain? A Look at Depression and Masturbation

While this may seem like a bit of an odd topic, it's something I've vaguely wondered about for a while.  My line of thinking goes, if orgasms get the feel-good chemicals flowing, might that have any sort of benefit for depression?  And especially for single folks like myself – could masturbation have any positive effect… Continue reading Master of My Domain? A Look at Depression and Masturbation