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
The judgement we cast upon ourselves is the harshest anyone else could possibly send our way ...more

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

Things You Don't Tell Your Doctor (But Should)

Great article-- I confess I am guilty, guilty of withholding information. I want to make 2 ...more

Does back to school mean back to meds for kids with ADHD?

(Sept. is National ADHD Awareness Month. The following is a good article - used with permission from LearningRx):As 56 million American kids prepare to flood back to school, for many parents it’s time to focus on the tough question, “What will we do about his ADHD this year?”Three to five percent of our children suffer from ADHD according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of them take a “holiday” from the symptom-controlling drugs over the summer, so now it’s time for parents to revisit the dilemma: “To medicate or not to medicate?”...more

Woohoo, It's Officially Senior Year

WOOHOO, HSB is at his last final. It is algebra 2 and it will be a bear. We had him see the Saturday tutor, the during the week tutor both Monday and Tuesday. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he passes. Hell I will take a C, so he can get a descent grade for the year. The poor kid has earned it. I have to say that in my recollection, this has got to have been the worst year for this child....more

Medication, Metabolism & Autism

I feel like we have been missing in action lately. We have been so sick since Christmas...and I think (hope) we have seen the worst of it all and got our fill of sickness for 2009! All over in one fowl swoop.We had everything from upper respiratory infections that manifested into pneumonia to the stomach bug that ripped through our family of 6 in waves of three. I have to share the following two situations that occurred because I believe they profoundly relate to the current studies on autism today....more

Poor Kids Prescribed More Antipsychotic Drugs? The Power of a Poor Graph

Children on Medicaid are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic meds than those with private insurance - and for less severe conditions - that's the front-page news in Sunday's New York Times.   So I read the article with interest, expecting something dramatic in the results of a new study that left me wondering if the media has stretche...more