What a Day: World Mental Health Day 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day. It is also the one year anniversary of my first post. And it has been quite a year.  I started this blog on World Mental Health Day 2018 because I wanted to share my experiences with the world, let others who are struggling know they are not alone, and […]

Objection to the Batshit Craziness

Yesterday’s post talked about the first case of the Supreme Court’s new term, which addressed how mental illness is treated when it comes to criminal defense. While talking about this case in an online discussion group for lawyers, one individual was somewhat dismissive of the defendant in this case, saying, “the insanity defense is for […]

Hate Is Not A Mental Illness

The other day I was wearing a shirt put out by the great folks over at Mental Health America. The shirt says, ‘Hate Is Not A Mental Illness.’ The purpose of this simple statement is to counter the narrative heard all too often that mass shootings and other acts of senseless violence are just the […]

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 Language of Suicide

Yesterday, I talked about how we need to open up about suicide, how we need to talk more about mental health. Today, I want to make sure we are talking about it using the right language.  Many people say ‘committed suicide,’ implying that it is a choice. It isn’t. Suicide is symptom of mental illness […]

Suicide Prevention Needs To Be More Than Just A Day or A Month

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. September is Suicide Prevention Month. However, suicide prevention can’t be just about one day or one month. We can save lives, but first we must break the stigma.  We don’t talk about suicides, but if we did then some of the statistics would likely shock people. Suicide […]

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 […]