“The Next U.S. Drug Crisis”: Benzodiazepines

“The Next U.S. Drug Crisis”: Benzodiazepines

Headlines discussing anti-anxiety medications as "The Next U.S. Drug Crisis" are cute, but misleading. No, this is not a novel problem. This was not created overnight. Just because it is just now getting more media attention does not mean people have not been dealing with this 'drug crisis' for years. . . What are benzos? [...]

“There is one thing I like about mania…”

“There is one thing I like about mania…”

How many illnesses can be seen in a positive light by its patients? How many have symptoms that make the "sick" willingly give up their meds time after time? This is one reason that bipolar disorder is so fascinating to me. Medication non-adherence may not be that big of an issue with other illnesses, but [...]

Preparing for Your First Visit

Preparing for Your First Visit

  Before your initial discussion with a provider, it may be helpful to gather key information. Gathering information can save valuable time.     Essential for the first visit: Current medications List ALL meds, including nonpsychiatric, over-the-counter, birth control and supplements Include tablet size (mg) and number if its psychiatric Past psychiatric treatments List of [...]

When ‘Happy Pills’ Don’t Work

When ‘Happy Pills’ Don’t Work

    Antidepressants are not for everyone. In fact, select individuals can get WORSE while on antidepressants.     Factors that predict a bad response include: Lack of a mood stabilizer (dangerous for bipolar patients) Bipolar I vs. II- the further you are toward the manic side of the spectrum, the worse the reactions tend [...]