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 […]

Medication Mondays: Abilify

It is Monday, which means it is time for another installment of Medication Mondays. This week, I take a look at Abilify (Aripiprazole).  Abilify is an anti-psychotic. Like other mental health medications, it works to restore the chemical balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is used for a variety of mental health conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar […]

Medication Monday: Psychedelics

It is Monday, which means it is time to drag ourselves back to work, and that it is time for another Medication Monday. And today, I want to do something a little different. I want to go outside the normal collection mental health medications one might receive a prescription for, and instead talk about psychedelics […]

Medication Monday: Esketamine

Given that it is still suicide awareness month, I wanted to use this week’s Medication Monday to talk about one of the newest players on the market. And one of the oldest. And perhaps one of the least understood. The drug I am talking about is esketamine, which may also be recognized by the brand […]

The Terrible Tag Team

I have both anxiety and depression. That isn’t particularly rare. I’ve heard from many people who struggle with both disorders. However, I wanted to take a minute to describe how this terrible tag team torments my life.  Anxiety for me is a constant worry, a constant fear, even though it is difficult to identify exactly […]

Medication Monday: Xanax

Another week and another Monday means another Medication Monday post. Today’s medication is Xanax (Alprazolam), an anxiety medicine that will likely be familiar to many individuals, not just those suffering from mental illness, due to it’s popularity in popular culture. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is in hip-hop, where the drug was first […]

Medication Monday: Prozac

Today’s Monday looks at the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that started it all! Prozac (fluoxetine). When I say that Prozac started it all, I don’t mean it was the first medication for mental health disorders. Prior to the introduction of Prozac, treatment typically involved Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Tricyclics acted by raising the neurotransmitters serotonin […]