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Archives for January, 2012

Antidepressants

30 Years Later, Still Unsure What To Think: A Reader’s Experience With Antidepressants

This reader's story presents an interesting perspective, because he took antidepressants 30 years ago, before many of the current psychotropics were on the market, before psychiatric drugs were as commonly prescribed as they are now and, especially, before they were prescribed as often to children and teens.

It's also interesting because he was hospitalized fairly soon after his symptoms showed up. He's agreed to...
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Adherence

Tell Me Your Stories About Taking Medication!

This is a blog about young people's experiences with medications, and I'm always looking to broaden the scope of stories I tell.
I've really appreciated people sharing their personal experiences in the comments section, but if anyone would like to elaborate in a guest post, or by getting in touch with me and then having me write up a short account of their experience, please get in touch in...
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Adherence

How Do You Know If You Still Need Meds?

In my last post, I asked what it means for your "illness identity" when you take a medication that manages your psychiatric problems so that they go away or are no longer problematic. "Does a formerly "severe" mental illness become "mild" or "moderate"?" I asked "Does it disappear entirely?"

It's often said that these disorders can't be cured - they can just be managed. Medications are one way of managing them. But the...
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Diagnoses

With Mental Illness, ‘Serious’ Is A Slippery Term


When the federal government released an important compendium of mental health data this week, the headlines proclaimed that 1 in 5 Americans over 18 had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year, and 1 in 20 had a "serious mental illness."

But what does "serious mental illness" mean, anyway, and what are its connotations and implications when it comes to treatment? It's a question worth asking, because it's used differently in...
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Abuse and diversion

Why the Stimulant Meds Shortage is so Anxiety-Inducing


What do you do when the drugstore is out of your medication refills? Well, if you've remembered to refill before you've run out entirely, it's usually no big deal - you can wait or go elsewhere.

The problems come when the drug is a) a controlled substance and b) the powers that be have controlled availability of the active ingredient a little too zealously, so that it's in short supply, even for the...
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