Undermedication Hurts: Patients Invisble Casualties of the War on Drugs

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Sometime after OxyContin hit the market, in certain areas it almost entirely wiped out the market for heroin.  OxyContin, or oxycodone, the opioid component of this most effective painkiller ever created, in Percoset, Percodan, and other pills that drastically improved the lives of people living in pain.  If you have never been in constant, unrelenting pain – either because of … Read More

jenniferlreimerUndermedication Hurts: Patients Invisble Casualties of the War on Drugs

Fluoride Dangers – Should You Stop Drinking Tap Water?

jenniferlreimerCultural Studies, Images, Sociology of Medicine, Weekly Picks

fluoride death

Hi everyone.  My name is Jennifer L. Reimer, and I am… a fluoride addict. Even worse, I don’t care. I do care about my teeth though.  When I moved to the USA in February, 2013, I stopped drinking fluorinated water because no one drinks tap water on the east coast, but folks prefer to consume it in plastic bottles.  Anyone … Read More

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Stigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Effexor: Evil?, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine


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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Borderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Personality, Sociology of Medicine

borderline personality disorder

I always said, back in my days in academia, that my life was my research, and my research was my life. Be careful what you decide for your life and career, folks.  As a fortune cookie wisely told me in March: I certainly do not regret my thesis (actually not a too-dry read, or at least I’ve been told so…), nor … Read More

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Vintage Pharmaceutical Ads (Stimulating Finds)

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Sociology of Medicine

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. . Tired? Fatigued? Chronically Fatigued?   Born on a Wednesday? Mildly Depressed?   Postpartum? Postmenopausal?   Have Aches Or Pains? Headaches?   Or Migraines?       Always Sit in the Corner?   Fall Asleep at the Wheel?   Crash Cars?   Don’t Want to Talk? Wish the questions would stop? Can’t Seem to Get Moving? Moving too Much?* … Read More

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Wanderlust, Medicalized.

jenniferlreimerSociology of Medicine, Transcend


I meant to write a post about “wanderlust” long ago, for the most part to show you this amazing music video.  If you do not like Bjork just turn the volume off and put on some music that you do like: Unfortunately, wanderlust, from the German, making me think of Nietzsche wandering the alps and thinking of all the things … Read More

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The American Hikikomori

jenniferlreimerChild Psychiatry, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Michael Orion Powell, Other Survivors, Sociology of Medicine

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The American Hikikomori Michael Orion Powell [Jennifer L. Reimer’s thoughts on the topic, posthumously, appear in italicized brackets]   Welcome to my first post with Practice of Madness. Jen was kind enough to give me the opportunity to write here – For my first assignment, the madwoman suggested that I look in to the concept of “hikikomori” – a Japanese term for young … Read More

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Top 10 Hospitals In the US

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Every year, U.S. News and World Report does a ranking of the best hospitals in the United States. They subdivide these into areas of expertise. Using their rankings, we will go through our perception of what the top ten hospitals are in the United States. If you are studying in the medical field, this may give you some ideas of the areas … Read More

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*Just Released*…

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…from the psych ward (where else?).  Allow me a few days to sum up the private apocalypse that landed me in the place of pills in paper ketchup cups, code whites, and arts and crafts for adults with child-safe scissors for four weeks, including half of December 2012, and the festivities that surely followed…  scars XO

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How I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Longer Stories, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Part One is Dedicated to Wendy M. that I met at the “Hotel Vic” (unit six and Winnipeg’s Victoria General Hospital) and who has been a close friend ever since: For reminding me what a friend really is, and believing in me when I no longer believed in myself. Part One: The Gutter – Destruction, Discrimination, Death-Wishes January through April, … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

Why Am I So Bored?

jenniferlreimerChild Psychiatry, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Sociology of Medicine, Transcend

That is the question.  Today, it is 30º Celsius (around 90-something Fahrenheit) and I have the wonderful chance to spend this August long weekend in Canada (Monday is “BC day”, here in British Columbia, and simply a “Civic Holiday” in most provinces  ) poolside, as I am now living out of a motel with my dad, post-kicked out of relative’s … Read More

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“Triple Threat”: Many New Vintage Psychiatric Drug Ads Added to Gallery…

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Why stop one psych med that has bad side-effects when you can simply prescribe another? (sorry parents of wannabe child-stars, this has nothing to do with singing, acting, or dancing, unless you count tardive dyskenesia as a kind of dance performed by children drugged with Abilify, Olanzapine, Ritalin, and Dexedrine – to name a few…  ) Click on here to … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Triple Threat”: Many New Vintage Psychiatric Drug Ads Added to Gallery…

Mad Medicalization: Boobies, Butts, and Big Toes

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine

As those who know me on facebook and twitter (those who don’t – please join my conversations in those settings if you would like to!  ) already know, I was going to write a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey for my next post.  Then, I realized that, potentially, it would be taken seriously by young women.  Yes, I, too, … Read More

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Methadone Madness

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When I pick up my methadone at the drugstore, if more than one patient is picking up their dosage of “juice”, there is almost guaranteed to be some witty banter.  Some bitching about the system is a staple, as it is quite… dare I say, insane?  Us lowly patients are assumed to naturally be “messed up” folk, since the drug … Read More

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