Adjusting Medicine Over The Summer Part I–Antidepressants

A common question as we head into the summer months is what to do about medications. Most parents (and some kids) are very reluctant to change medications over the school year since a return of symptoms covered by the medicine can be very, very disruptive. Summertime is the logical time to consider some changes. Antidepressants . . . → Read More: Adjusting Medicine Over The Summer Part I–Antidepressants

“So What Does It Mean To Be Emotionally Well?”

I was working a health fair last weekend. Standing there at my table with my big ol’ sign behind me announcing myself as a “Partner in the Pursuit of Emotional Wellness” was interesting to say the least. Being a shrink is an odd job. I am more used to talking to people about their deepest . . . → Read More: “So What Does It Mean To Be Emotionally Well?”

Another One Bites The Dust!!! Lexapro Goes Generic

Finally . . . the last of the BIG FIVE goes generic. The FDA announced approval for Teva Pharmaceuticals to begin to market escitalopram. The get 6 months of exclusivity, then it is up for grabs. While I do think it is a good thing overall, I do worry about quality with the generics sometimes. . . . → Read More: Another One Bites The Dust!!! Lexapro Goes Generic

My, Oh My, How Time Flies!!! Getting Off Antidepressants After Accidentally Taking Them For A Decade

Mike writes in with a frequently voiced concern:

I am a 48 year old male and I have been on Paxil for about 11 years now and have been wondering about getting off it. I am aware that there is “detox” time needed and I’ll feel like shit (among other things), . . my question . . . → Read More: My, Oh My, How Time Flies!!! Getting Off Antidepressants After Accidentally Taking Them For A Decade

. . . Another Man Done Gone . . .

I caught you knockin’ at my cellar door,

I love you, baby, can I have some more,

Oh, the damage done.

I hit the city and I lost my band,

I watched the needle take another man,

Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song because I . . . → Read More: . . . Another Man Done Gone . . .

Riddle me this . . .

Has a medical, or any, distinction been made between those who desire to kill themselves, and those who simply have no desire to live? I’ve had thoughts of active suicide only a few times in my life, and these are dismissed very easily. But…how do I describe it? I have no active desire/will/drive to live. . . . → Read More: Riddle me this . . .

Bleeet . . . Memories

When I was a kid, my parents would periodically get us all together in the living room, pull out the slide projector, wrestle with the screen and give us a slide show. My brothers and I got such a kick out of this, laughing at the pictures of when we were babies, our first communion, . . . → Read More: Bleeet . . . Memories

Bleeet–Striving For Health

Trying to keep the momentum going . . . trying to eat right, exercise, sleep, relax. Quite frankly it is hard to get all that self care into a day when you have to work! I have been meditating on and off for years, but just went to my first formal meditation “class” last night . . . → Read More: Bleeet–Striving For Health

Bleeet–26 years and counting

So today is my 26th wedding anniversary. I always take time off so we can spend some time together. The year has been very difficult with all the loss and stress. Having made it to this day is significant. True commitment can overcome adversity if patience and Love are present. Have a good day, all.

Bleeet . . . a new invention

Sometimes I don’t want to write a whole blarticle but I want to write. Get some thoughts out. Vent a little. I don’t tweet so I will instead bleeet. I define that as a quick little blog entry that should take no more than a minute to read. Sometimes, I have no time and no . . . → Read More: Bleeet . . . a new invention