Link – Why We Should Treat Mental Health Like Physical Health

Link – Why We Should Treat Mental Health Like Physical Health

Because when you tell someone you’re injured, or sick, the first thought isn’t about whether you are dangerous or not. “We’ve made gains in our understanding of mental illness over the past few decades. We’ve also made huge strides in treating mental illness with therapy, medication, and other supportive services. But, according to a report from the…

Link – The other opioid crisis: pain patients who can’t access the medicine we need

Link – The other opioid crisis: pain patients who can’t access the medicine we need

This is something I’ve heard second hand from a number of people with various ailments that are helped tremendously by pain medication. It also highlights that many of these issues are not as simple as we might think based just off of a slogan or a tweet. Making opioid prescriptions harder to get means you’re…

Link – Why I’m OK with taking mental health meds for the rest of my life

Link – Why I’m OK with taking mental health meds for the rest of my life

This is a completely valid question: “No one would question the need of a diabetic who needs lifelong insulin, or of someone with epilepsy who relies on anticonvulsants, so why should it be any different for mental health medication? I’m as reliant on my meds to stay healthy as people with physical illnesses like diabetes, heart…

Link – Antidepressant Medications are not Placebos
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Link – Antidepressant Medications are not Placebos

If you jumped on the anti-depressants don’t work bandwagon, maybe take a breath. The researchers conclude that this study, as well as other recent reports from the same group, provides strong support for the assumption that SSRIs exert a specific antidepressant effect. The finding shows that the benefit of antidepressants is real, and not a…