Antipsychotics and weight gain: Which meds are most likely to pack on the pounds?
Mental Illness Treatment

Antipsychotics and the Likelihood of Weight Gain

This post is based on an article that Skinny Hobbit shared with me. It was published last year in The Lancet Psychiatry and compared the potential for weight gain with different antipsychotics. The link between antipsychotics and weight gain To start, let's talk about why antipsychotics can cause weight gain. There are multiple different neurotransmitter… Continue reading Antipsychotics and the Likelihood of Weight Gain

Antidepressants, side effects, and delayed benefits
MH@H Depression

Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

Have you ever wondered why antidepressant side effects seem to be worse at the beginning, or why it takes so long for them to actually start doing what you expect of them? There is actually some rhyme and reason for it, so let's talk about it. Let's talk serotonin People with depression don't have enough… Continue reading Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

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
MH@H 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 who needs 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… Continue reading Living with Psych Med Side Effects

Is generalizing negative mental illness experiences helpful? - image of concentric rings expanding outward
MH@H 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?

book cover: Shame Ate My Soul by Sue Walz
MH@H Book Reviews

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

clawed hand holding a tablet
MH@H Depression

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

If you've read my blog before, you've probably noticed that 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… Continue reading My Version of Being Pro-Medication

Evidence-based treatment of mental illness
Mental Illness Treatment, Suicide Talk

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