Drug Interactions cause Injury and Death

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Individual prescription drugs and their over the counter counterparts are each dialed-in to address particular maladies.  Drug advances promote revelations sufficient to save lives and mediate chronic medical conditions.  But for drugs to be effective – and safe, they must be used according to doctor and manufacturer recommendations.  When prescription drugs are mixed with others, either intentionally or accidentally, the … Read More

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Insurance Companies Are Taking Advantage of the Disabled and Critically Ill

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The following article was inspired by this letter, which does not make sense, but will make slightly more sense after reading about how I ended up receiving this offensive document from Cumis Insurance “disability claims examiner”, Teena O’Keefe: When I was no longer able to work because of endometriosis, before the hysterectomy that followed two years later, I immediately called … Read More

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SNDRI Antidepressants (JUST SAY NO)

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  This tripped me out… a friend was given this bag at a homeless shelter.  Everyone gets a free bag, a nice tough one, emblazoned with AztraZeneca’s logo, and a reminder that they do, indeed, make pharmaceuticals.  This is wrong in so many ways… I was actually shocked at it for a minute.  And it takes a hell of a lot … Read More

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Medical Advertising Images

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Oh, the fun we have had with medical advertising images…   Click here … to go straight to the largest collection of psychiatric medication images, dating back to 1898, available in one place on the Internet!  More here, and here. Have any of you seen the new “Viibryd” antidepressant (they’ve put an SNRI and a dopamine agonist similar to Abilify … Read More

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Stigma and Antidepressants

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I am collecting the stories of people like me who have been stigmatized – called names, shunned, harassed, etc. – by family, friends, and/or strangers because, like me, you take antidepressants and/or other psych meds so that you can live like a “normal person*”. (*almost…sometimes…kind of…) From the Practice of Madness Facebook Page: ” I’m called a pill popper by some … Read More

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Would you Rather be in Physical or Mental Pain?

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It’s a tough question. Finding myself plagued by back pain that is severely limiting my productivity – and making me depressed in the process – I dug this one up from the vaults.  Published in 01/2010… I will be writing about my recent struggles soon.  For now, please enjoy, or at least answer the poll question 😉 …I am fascinated … Read More

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Stigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

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I am so sick of individuals with Ph.D.s who go around trying to “spread the gospel” that people who take psychiatric medications are participating in (a direct quote from one such individual) “a worldwide Holocaust”, and who make a living writing books about how psych meds are responsible for murder, suicide, and other violent acts. I do not like Big Pharma. … Read More

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Pristiq Doll in Commercial …Now Wearing Yoga Pants?

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Oh, Ms. Wind-Up, you just keep coming back to haunt us.  I’m slightly wary of the innocent-looking plastic woman, she got me accused of being a racist last time I wrote about her, so I will avoid discussing that she comes in both white and black, this time. You know her, don’t try to deny it, you flip through those … Read More

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Latuda: A New Atypical Antipsychotic, More of the Same

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While checking out an article on “Medical News Today” about information released to the public in Japan related to SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) related “hostility and violence”.  Japan also released information on the link between atypical antipsychotics and Type II Diabetes years before North Americans were made aware of this rather significant risk factor – especially in North America, … Read More

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Mental Health Video Blog

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…one more thing. The new Practice of Madness is going to reveal a lot more.  I hope you will, too.  You will always see one of these before text…and this one is not art, it’s just me in bed with my iPhone on my first try.  You’ll get some of me in bed, and some that really make you think, … Read More

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Pharmaceutical Alternatives Just For Women

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Women and men have very different medical and psychological needs.  There is the obvious – basic anatomy, and the differences between male and female endocrine and reproductive systems, disparities that emerge upon puberty, and things specific to females: menstruation, menopause, motherhood.  Then, there are less known and less obvious differences that are rooted in developmental psychology – while men experience … Read More

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Meditation Versus Sleeping Pills and the Hypnosis App

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The other night I did something that I haven’t done for a long, long time, give or take a few cat naps. I slept through the night without taking a single pill. Actually, a second near-miracle happened, too.  Shortly after a voice coming from my phone spoke, “one”, I slipped into a hypnotic state. I woke up briefly and felt … Read More

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A Zoloft Zombie: Why I Have a New Understanding of SSRIs and Suicide

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    Remember these ZOLOFT commercials from the 1990s?… ZOLOFT (to capitalize the name of the drug, as is done in the print ads, which I will do throughout this article) sounds quite tempting.  I often feel nervous in large groups of people, too – could ZOLOFT be the answer?  My new psychiatrist believed so, after I described to him … Read More

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