Archives for November, 2011

General

Forgetting Old Symptoms Until It’s Too Late

Limbs like lead. Blurry vision. Suddenly ravenous. Then, without having eaten, nauseous.
I'm repeatedly mystified by the symptoms - even though they occur multiple times a week, and even though, without fail, they end in a migraine.  So how can I be so dumb as to forget, or even flat-out deny, the most likely explanation for what's going on?

Improbable as it sounds, it's really, really easy to misinterpret or dismiss symptoms, even of a condition you've experienced over and over. Until I learned to be more aware of the early stages of my anxiety, I tended to do the same. I'd forget or deny what was going on until the panic became ever-present, and too awful to ignore. Then I'd curse myself for not having recognized it earlier.
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Childhood

How Do Meds Affect the Developing Brain? Even Long-term Studies Can’t Say

What does it feel like to grow up taking psychiatric meds? That's the question that has occupied me for the past couple of years. Naturally, it feels different to different people, but overall I've found that meds seem to introduce a lot of extra uncertainty into the process of coming of age.

There are a lot of ways that meds make growing up more complicated, and I'll explore those in future posts. But one big factor has to do with the lack of info, from a scientific perspective, about meds' effect on developing brains and bodies.

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