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DSM-5 adds marijuana withdrawal: I thought pot was non-addictive

I used to smoke non-addictive marijuana everyday. This was decades ago, before I realized that alcoholics shouldn't smoke pot. I had quit drinking because I knew I had a drinking problem and smoked pot instead. Seemed logical at the time.

Pot got me high and it was non-addictive, right? I mean, what could possibly be wrong with using a non-addictive, mind-altering drug everyday? Coke and heroin - now those drugs are addictive. You don't want to get...
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How the DSM-5 deals with pot, coffee and alcohol

When I learned the new DSM had finally been released, I immediately thought of the scene from the movie The Jerk in which Navin R. Johnson (aka Steve Martin) clutches a phone book, jumps up and down and proclaims: "The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!"

I don't know why I am so excited about the DSM-5. It's not like I'm a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric-nurse...
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My child, my depression, my life

I used to say my daughter - my only child - is my anchor to life.

In my darkest, suicidal moments she is what kept me from "doing it." I believed and actually told my therapist and doctor that if anything "happened" to her - as in death - I would be "out of here"" - as in suicide.

That is no longer true. I realized this on Mother's Day. I truly love my daughter more than I...
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Depression aftermath: Hi-ho. Hi-ho. It’s off to work I go.

Heard yesterday, 10 am, near the coffee pot in the

Co-worker: "Hey, you're back. Were you on vacation?"

Me: "No. I was sick." End of conversation, I walk away, hoping there are no further questions about my illness.

Despite having gone public and written about my depression and alcoholism for 8 years, I still cringe when I take time off because of my depression. I would think nothing of discussing my ailment if it was the flu or...
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My antidepressants: What’s up with generics?

I'm back.

For once I did what I was told to do - called the nurse practitioner - and she helped pull me out of it. I told her I had not hit bottom and had not thought of suicide but I was definitely on my way down. Her first question: Are you on the generic*? I had to check the bottle and indeed, I was.

Before tweeking my cocktail, which has worked well for years, she wrote...
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