Tag Archives: medication

Take “Take Your Pills” With a Grain of Salt

In the first 30 seconds of the Netflix documentary Take Your Pills, we hear about the troubling physical effects of stimulant medication, followed quickly with credits featuring images of skulls and skeletons slowly sinking in an ever-growing avalanche of pills. This film is not a balanced look at stimulant medication, and at its core, this […]

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SciShow Psych Debunks Myths About Antidepressants

Medication isn’t the right choice for every person in every situation — let’s get that out of the way before we talk about this great video from SciShow Psych. If you’re dealing with depression, it’s important to talk to your doctors to figure out what’s best for you. But it can also be helpful to […]

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In This Personal Video, ‘How to ADHD’ Tackles Medication Stigma

The decision to take (or not take) psychiatric medication shouldn’t be a controversial one. We should decide what’s best for our health with the help of our doctors, and that should be that. But stigma isn’t a rational thing, and a lot of people think that they know better than we do or our doctors […]

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This Comic Reminds Us that Mental Health and Happiness Are Not Synonymous

http://thisishangingrockcomics.tumblr.com/post/114450083173/just-a-quick-sloppy-little-thing-cause-i-met-with Taylor-Ruth is an artist who shares her comics, poems and other work on Tumblr. Here, she offers us a good reminder that while health and happiness are both worth working toward, they are not always the same goal.

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The Pros and Cons of Anti-Anxiety Medications

By Lida Turner, MD Anxiety isn’t always a disorder in need of treatment. “Anxiety” is a relatively vague term that is often used to describe worry, rather than a clinical diagnosis. Anxiety evolved to protect us from harm — if we didn’t have a fight or flight reaction, we’d have been killed off long ago […]

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Will ‘We Happy Few’ Take a Hard Stance Against Medication?

We Happy Few seems like it might have something to say about psychotropic medications. Its protagonist lives in a retro-British world where everyone takes a drug called Joy to take away the horror of reality and replace it with happy fantasy. It’s only when he skips his dose of Joy that the game can begin. […]

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The Author of ‘Divergent’ Shares Her Solutions for Anxiety

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, took the time yesterday to write about her struggles with anxiety. In some ways, her story will be familiar to a lot of people who work in the games industry: she created something that her fans had strong opinions about, and some of them shared those opinions in […]

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Ketamine: Depression’s New Wonder Drug?

Ketamine is nothing if not controversial. Because its dissociative and anesthetic properties make it popular as both a recreational drug and as a weapon for human trafficking and sexual assault, the United Nations is considering a global ban. Many countries have already aggressively restricted it, including Russia. At the same time, it is the safest, […]

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Walgreens Commits to Making Mental Health Care More Accessible

It’s an unfortunate fact that people who need mental health care don’t always get it. Whether it’s because of the cost, inconvenience, stigma, or even just the perception that it might be too hard to access, too many people go without diagnosis and treatment. As part of Mental Health Month, Walgreens has just announced a […]

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Exploring the Crossroads of Depression, Medication and Art

Creative people dealing with mental health issues face a double-edged sword: those issues may make it difficult or impossible to channel our creativity in any useful way, but we’re constantly exposed to the idea that treating them will take away our talents. We look at Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath or Kurt Cobain and wonder […]

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