“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, East Van, Effexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Alas, a question that us psych patients have heard far too many times – after all, one time is “too many” – from our nearest and dearest.  However, it was no one near, nor dear, that, very bizarrely, popped the question to me the other day.  An “anonymous” prank phone caller, after eerily listing off a list of women’s names in monotone … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

New Vintage Psychiatric Drug/Pharmaceutical Ads: The Biggest Gallery Yet!

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I happened upon a serious vault of print ads, past and more recent, and most are those that only appear in magazines for doctors – journals but they’re full of ads, they always have been.  I saw one from before 1920 on microfilm once and ads equalled (if not outnumbered articles) far before our current hyper capitalist age. Am I … Read More

jenniferlreimerNew Vintage Psychiatric Drug/Pharmaceutical Ads: The Biggest Gallery Yet!

So, That Was Christmas

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Mad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

For once my presence was not the focus of Christmas dinner at my family’s abode, this December twenty-fifth.  Why? Because my sister’s absence was, instead.  As the reason for her absence was me, one would think that I would have more disapproving eyes on me than ever.  But, instead, they could see the immaturity, the inconsiderateness, the inaneness.  I did not … Read More

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“Are We There Yet??!” My Last Days on Effexor XR

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Effexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors, Psychiatrists

Just as I was about to shout from the rafters that I’m down to 112.5 mg of Effexor XR, down from an initial dose of 600 mg, and a steady dose of 450 mg for almost exactly seven years, and better yet, will soon say goodbye once and for all to the substance that has done nothing but make me … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Are We There Yet??!” My Last Days on Effexor XR

Chasing Ghosts/What Flu Season? It’s Effexor Withdrawal Season…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, Effexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, The Psych Ward, Transcend

A week into my new antidepressant-free existence, the withdrawal syndrome (from Effexor XR, taken for seven years,  six of them spent at 450 mg, this most recent one on 300 mg after a 150 mg in one shot taper during my hospital stay in February – the first one of those in five years… :takuts ) caught up with Ms. … Read More

jenniferlreimerChasing Ghosts/What Flu Season? It’s Effexor Withdrawal Season…

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)

“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, East Van, Effexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, The Psych Ward, Transcend, Uncategorized

When I was released from the hospital, here in Vancouver – St. Paul’s denison of horrors to be specific – in February, one condition of my freedom was that I see a psychiatrist at one of the regional hubs for “mental health team” intervention in the city.  I had tried utilizing this service once before, when I first moved here, … Read More

jenniferlreimer“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

We live on a mountain, right at the top

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Effexor: Evil?, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal

Picture a switch. Today I believe that I and my loved ones are destined for greatness – that we’ll do something no matter how big, no matter how small, that will change allathis for the better, that multiple consciousnesses will be unburdened, some degree of freedom will somewhere, somehow, be attained because of us, this moment, the next… Back in … Read More

jenniferlreimerWe live on a mountain, right at the top

YOU Know Your Body: Buh-bye Epival and Remeron, Hi there, metabolism!

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

Just a quick check-in regarding the taper I planned in the previous post.  For the past two days I have taken half of the dosage of Epival, and half of the dosage of Remeron, that had been prescribed to me in the hospital.  On these drugs I felt a naturally high metabolism start to lag to a near stop.  I … Read More

jenniferlreimerYOU Know Your Body: Buh-bye Epival and Remeron, Hi there, metabolism!

Running on Remeron. And Chartwell’s.

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors, Scars' Art, The Psych Ward, Transcend, Uncategorized

Last night, my arrival back to the ward from this Internet café across the street where I will spend my “pass” time, as all I can fathom needing other than what’s provided for me – a shower (with a velcro curtain…I was previously unfamiliar with this creative method of attachment!), a toothbrush and toothpaste (I was at the point of … Read More

jenniferlreimerRunning on Remeron. And Chartwell’s.

“I must admit, I’ve become quite the addict.”

jenniferlreimerThe Psych Ward

Says Anne Sexton, and say I, as I continue the mind-bending process of coming off Effexor.  Indeed, I am so f’d up, that my gay boyfriend, who I met and married in the psych ward, who says I am beyond flaky and is looking for new blood, had to stop me from writing “of Effexor”.  It’s time to “cruise dinner”.  For me, … Read More

jenniferlreimer“I must admit, I’ve become quite the addict.”

Effexor Withdrawal, Rage, Anxiety, etc.

jenniferlreimerThe Psych Ward

Nine days in the ward now?  Tomorrow I will finally regain access to my laptop, as I got one of those rare psych nurses today, quick on her feet, somewhat of a deviant herself, but able to get a “situation” under control with the snap of her fingers.  She was shocked to see that I was still wearing hospital issue … Read More

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Effexor Withdrawal Syndrome and NIGHT TERRORS – NOT “vivid dreams”

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practice of madness effexor night terror

I suppose this is a bit of an addendum to “Apocalypse Effexor: Redux“.  As said in my last post, I missed my dosage of Effexor yesterday – Monday, Oct. 11. I sleep on the couch in my temporary homes.  I need to be covered in the energy of the ten cats that have called it home now – whether in … Read More

jenniferlreimerEffexor Withdrawal Syndrome and NIGHT TERRORS – NOT “vivid dreams”

Zap, Zap, Zap…oh, I forgot about you, Effexor!

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?

IT ALL MAKES SENSE!… I woke up at 6 am, 8 am, and then fell asleep and did not wake up until 3 pm!  Sweet, I thought, I managed to sleep away most of this day – but then I started weeping.  Alarryk is still not here.  I sent a barrage of text messages, hoping for a miraculous response, knowing … Read More

jenniferlreimerZap, Zap, Zap…oh, I forgot about you, Effexor!

Effexor Withdrawal Video Blog

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?

The cure for Effexor withdrawal? Effexor! But I would rather go through a month of hell than several years of discomfort…can’t they just knock me out for a month? Scary…very scary… kinda makes you want to choose “Effexor for Life!” And all of the YouTube “commenters” are on 150 mg – a third of what I’m on. If you live … Read More

jenniferlreimerEffexor Withdrawal Video Blog