Pound for Pound, I'm Happy for Happy Pills

Don't tell Tom Cruise but my Happy Pills are working overtime.  We are not even that far into winter in Minnesota, but the string of sunless days has already gotten to me.  In fact, life here is more than just sunless, it is as though our whole landscape has sunken into a middle earth existence where it is gray, somber, dank and eerily quiet.  I'm actually getting used to the cold,...more

When Medicating Kids Goes Very, Very Wrong

"I want you to consider taking some anti-anxiety medication. As in, tomorrow." I thanked her sincerely, told her I'd look into it, and left the medical center. I'd appreciated that quiet two-hour break from my computer and household chaos, even with the blood draws and chest x-rays. That was four months ago, and I still haven't taken the recommended medication, despite advice from both friends and professionals to do so. Why am I hesitant? Because it was my son's horrible reaction to anti-anxiety medication that helped land me in that clinic....more
Please ask your doctor about Buspar!  It's non addicting, not sedating, and you can stop it any ...more

Key Tips for Staying on Track with Medications

These tips were circulating on a couple of cystic fibrosis (CF) message boards and I thought they were  excellent so wanted to share them with you. These tips are good for not only us parents, but also important things to teach our kids, too. I am sharing them with my 11 and 13 year olds who both have CF....more

I’m a Damn Good Mother for Medicating My Child!

I think it’s interestin­g that people believe that parents drug their kids because a psychiatri­st who wants to make money encouraged it or that some big pharmaceutical company influenced us with their fancy commercials. Or even more insulting, because we’re lazy parents who don’t have patience for our boy to be a “real boy”. In reality, parents who face this decision are terrified to put their child on medication and often wait longer than they should. I know this because I’ve had to face this decision myself with my 10 year old son....more

Too old for Nirvana??

I realized the other day, with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind,that I like Nirvana a whole hell of a lot better today than I did then, as a 15-year-old.  Is that weird?  Shouldn't I be too old to be resonating with thedisenfranchised youth of America?...more
You are never too old for Nirvana. Never.more

The Cycle

I have talked about my illness before. And pain.I have talked about how I have to get my pain medications, but that I can make a one month prescription last for 3 months.And then I lost my job.And my insurance.Apparently, you cannot be seen by pain management doctors if you are a self-paying customer without insurance. It makes for a state paperwork headache, it looks like you are drug seeking, you look guilty....more

Epilepsy and Disability Rights

Nine months ago, I decided to come out to the blogging world as an epileptic. Since then, I have written a great deal about epilepsy. It's been a journey--I never would have imagined when I began that I would end up sharing the things that I have: personal stories, many of which I kept from the people closest to me. But I felt that, by sharing these stories, that I would expose the ways in which our society, culture, and law discriminates and deliberately hurts those of us with neurological and physical disabilities. I wanted an outlet for my frustration....more

I’m Not A Bad Mom Because I Take Medication

OK, its confession time. I take antidepressants. I took them when I was pregnant with Ronin. I took them when I pumped breastmilk for him for 13 months. I took them when I was pregnant with Ellie. And I’m still taking them while I continue to breastfeed her at 14+ months. I believe this DOES NOT make me a bad mom....more
You are not alone, thank you for sharing your experiences, Craig Dickinsonmore

When Is Chocolate Not Chocolate?

Dear HerMelnessI have two girls both under the age of 10.  I already see their over fondness for chocolate and I am afraid they will end up with the same lifelong weight issues I have been plagued with because of it. How do I start to reverse what I see becoming their own vicious circle?...more

11 Natural Treatments For Depression: An MD's Tips For Skipping The Prozac

As an MD, I’ve watched too many of my colleagues yank out anti-depressant samples every time a patient starts to cry. So on behalf of physicians everywhere, let me apologize for our trigger-happy prescription-writing behavior. I don’t mean to diminish the pain someone who is depressed might experience. But tears are healthy. Sadness doesn’t always need treatment. And it’s important to remember that the pain muscle and the joy muscle are the same. If you can’t feel one, you won’t feel the other....more

Lissa, thanks for offering a physician's view on this. Instead of talking about my manipulative, ...more