Do We Really Have To Keep Fucking Doing This? 

Yesterday, I noticed quite a few mental health phrases being thrown around as insults. Seriously, what the fuck people? I’m sorry, maybe it is because I haven’t caught up on my sleep yet, but this is really getting annoying. We don’t use any other medical conditions as insults, probably because even in our abrasive world […]

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Today is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. It was established by Congress in 1999 after Senator Harry Reid, himself a survivor of his father’s suicide, introduced a resolution to raise awareness.  Twenty years later and I would say we still have a lot of work to do. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that […]

Medication Monday: Thorazine 

The extra hour this weekend didn’t prevent Monday from coming, which means it is time once again for Medication Monday. This week, we are talking about Thorazine (Chlorpromazine). Thorazine is an anti-psychotic that is used to treat a variety of mood and psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, psychosis, the manic phase of bipolar disorder, and behavioral […]

Our Masks and Costumes 

It is Halloween, the day when pumpkins appear in more than just our lattes and when parents try to prevent sugar comas in their children. It is also, of course, a day full of masks and costumes.  For those of us who struggle with mental illness, we seem to wear masks all the time, not […]

No, No, Not Like This

I want people to talk more openly about mental illness. That is one of the reasons I write these posts. Yet we need to talk more honestly about mental illness. After several of the recent mass shootings, some were talking about mental illness as the culprit behind these tragedies, but such discussions are misleading and […]

Medication Monday: Wellbutrin

Today’s Medication Monday takes a look at the antidepressant Wellbutrin (Bupropion).  Unlike some of the other antidepressants that this series has covered, Wellbutrin is chemically distinct from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), instead belonging to a group of drugs known as aminoketones. However, like SSRIs, Wellbutrin can be used to improve mood, treating both major […]