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    Month: October 2017

    Medication Tolerance, yup…it’s a thing

      The problem with many psychiatric medications is that they stop working after a period of time. This happens most often with anti-depressants and anti-convulsants and is often referred to as “poop out” (seriously). A more scientific term is tolerance. When you have developed a tolerance for a medication, you either need a higher dose […] Read more…

    Dealing With Side Effects

    The dictionary defines side effects as “…a secondary, typically undesirable, effect of a drug or medical treatment. Side effects range from minor to seriously dehabilitating”. So what level, if any, of side effects is acceptable for a lessening of symptoms? That’s the million dollar question. And the answer is different for everyone. It’s nerve-wracking to […] Read more…

    Hospitalization Part I

    This is the first post in a three part series about hospitalization. I wrote this series because my impression of hospitalization was so different from the reality and I wanted to share my new perception to, perhaps, help you not be afraid of hospitalization. I’d spent the last several months spiraling into a deep depression […] Read more…

    Dealing with Anxiety

    Anxiety. It’s a real PITA. It has a way of smothering all positive thoughts in your brain and delving into everything that’s wrong. It produces that nagging feeling that something is wrong accompanied by tingling hands and an upset stomach. And what if you need to go somewhere but you’re too anxious to go? Anxiety […] Read more…

    How To Get Through a Bad Day

      Some days I open my eyes and I know it’s not going to be a good day. I hurry out of bed as if I can leave the bad feelings on the pillow. I hear a familiar voice in my head, “Today, and maybe more days, are going to be bad.” At first I […] Read more…