Stigma and Antidepressants

jenniferlreimerCultural Studies, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors

silenced

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

jenniferlreimerStigma and Antidepressants

Back from the Grave

jenniferlreimerMad Society

wolf at the door

It was close. Over a week of full shifts of phone calls with Bluehost during which a Kafkaesque adventure over wires soon began.  When we arrived at the door of the gatekeeper, it could have gone either way (isn’t it always so) but went this one.  A very kind man stepped in and bust through the lock. What about all … Read More

jenniferlreimerBack from the Grave

Something in Between, I Guess

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Psych Ward, Transcend

I have a brand new scar on my left calf, and the story of how it got there is a real doozer.  I am reminded of the lyrics of two of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs: “It looks like freedom but it feels like death, it’s something in between, I guess, it’s closing time.” (“Closing Time”, L. Cohen) and, “There’s … Read More

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Searching for Permanence on the Downtown Eastside (Broken Glass)

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Effexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

If you have read some past posts I’ve written about the Downtown Eastside (DTES) (most can be found here), “Canada’s poorest postal code”, Vancouver’s skid-row, “the site of the only open-air drug market in Canada” <quick, get the children away from the TV set!>, you know that I’m a little enamoured with the place.  Like me, it’s got very visible … Read More

jenniferlreimerSearching for Permanence on the Downtown Eastside (Broken Glass)

New Page: The Journal of a Lost 19/20 Year-Old (2005)

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, Longer Stories, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Psychiatrists, The Psych Ward, Transcend

A quick note to tell you that I have finally created a page that encompasses the 200+ page word document that kept me alive during the beginning of my psychiatrization, and some of the scariest times in my life…

jenniferlreimerNew Page: The Journal of a Lost 19/20 Year-Old (2005)

Can you overdose on atypical antipsychotics? What about Trazodone?

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!

One of the major benefits cited when atypical antipsychotics were released (almost the only ones prescribed these days, including “Abilify”, “Risperdal”, “Zyprexa”, “Seroquel”, and “Clozaril”  ) was that no one could die from an overdose of any of these new drugs. This was a lie.  The pharmaceutical industry telling lies?  No way… I cannot find the number of people who … Read More

jenniferlreimerCan you overdose on atypical antipsychotics? What about Trazodone?

Peter Breggin’s Website… and other interesting items found on the web while researching

jenniferlreimerBipolar, My Favourite Authors

Hello all…from beneath the stack of books, empty yogurt container, collection of “Bic” lighters, and dirty plates that line my bed after writing my first theoretical paper for my M.A. degree. (not actually me, but you get the idea!…only I’m in bed with my macbook, not at a desk.) Today, I finally finished this three-times deferred paper on Emily Martin’s … Read More

jenniferlreimerPeter Breggin’s Website… and other interesting items found on the web while researching

New Documentary on Medicating Kids – Get it while you can!

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Documentaries

This video may not be available for very long, so watch/download it ASAP! You may be familiar with Louis Theroux’s BBC series, including “Weird Weekends”.  Theroux travels to a location where a disturbing or just plain bizarre subculture exists, and films the people involved, while also participating himself – I suppose he’s a bit of an urban anthropologist.  He has … Read More

jenniferlreimerNew Documentary on Medicating Kids – Get it while you can!

Super Fun Quiz!!!

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Meds, Meds, Meds!

hehe…no, actually not so much. So when I got my prescriptions for a bunch of pills (for my physiological problems) the other day that I had never taken before, I went to look them up on www.rxlist.com.  I haven’t had the need to look up the side-effects of drugs on that site for some time, and I don’t remember being … Read More

jenniferlreimerSuper Fun Quiz!!!

I am not a wind-up doll!

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Meds, Meds, Meds!

I am so sick of hearing this ad come on around dinner time everyday.  I guess the idea is to hit people with it, women especially, when they are getting home from work.  Indeed, “I have just worked an 8 hour day and I still have to make dinner and pay bills and…” …and then this ad comes on and … Read More

jenniferlreimerI am not a wind-up doll!

“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #4

jenniferlreimerPsychiatrists, Scars' Letters of Complaint

Perhaps my all-time favourite, written to the director of health services at my University’s “health clinic”… Dear _______ ______, Subject: Formal Complaint (re: Dr. Basson) and Appeal of Fine I am writing this letter to bring to your attention the unprofessional, condescending, and outright disturbing psychiatric treatment I was subject to under the care of the psychiatrist employed by __________’s … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #4