Mental health

Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and do anything.  So… Continue reading Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

It would be nice if treating mental illness was as simple as popping a pill and carrying on with life.  But of course life (and mental illness) doesn't work that way.  Managing a chronic mental illness means drawing on multiple different tools and trying to build up the toolbox as much as possible. Earlier in… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

Blogging, Mental health

Blogging During Mental Illness Flares

Many mental health bloggers and other bloggers living with chronic illness are used to having to adjust their blogging habits to compensate for changes in illness symptoms and intensity.  I can't speak to what other bloggers experience and how they adapt, but I thought I'd write a bit about my own experience. For me, blogging… Continue reading Blogging During Mental Illness Flares

Treatment-resistant depression: image of pills falling into a bowl

Treatment-Resistant Depression: When What’s Supposed to Work Doesn’t

Wouldn't it be nice if the treatment of depression was simple?  Unfortunately, there's nothing simple about depression treatment in the real world.  Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) refers to illness that hasn't respond to trials of adequate duration and dosage of at least two antidepressants.  The STAR*D research study found that only about 1/3 of people get… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression: When What’s Supposed to Work Doesn’t

Ketamine for depression: how it works, side effects, and how it's used

Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression

I love Canada, but sometimes we're a little behind.  Drug approval by Health Canada is slower than in the US, and fewer clinical trials are done here.  I'd be really interested in trying out ketamine, but it doesn't have Health Canada approval for use in depression, there are no clinical trials in my neck of… Continue reading Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Forehead frown lines

Getting Botox for Depression

Botox Cosmetic I'm not a cosmetic procedures kind of gal, and Botox was never on my wish list.  Power to others if that's what works for them, but given that I can't even be bothered putting on makeup most of the time, all things physical appearance-related don't rank very high on my priority list. The… Continue reading Getting Botox for Depression