The inherent bias in online reports of side effects
Mental Health

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
Depression

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

The problem with over-generalizing negative experiences - graphic of spiralling colours
Mental Health

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?

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

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

pills being poured into a glass bowl
Mental Illness Treatment

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?