Tag Archives: medications

OCD and Thoughts of Suicide

Suicide. It’s a word that invokes paralyzing fear in those who love someone with a brain disorder. And well it should. Thoughts of suicide should always be taken seriously and help should be sought immediately. But when you have OCD … Continue reading

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OCD and Sleep

Like a lot of people, I deal with bouts of insomnia every now and then, and so I know firsthand what a lack of sleep can do to a person. I often end up with a headache and sore throat, … Continue reading

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Drugs and Desperation

Prozac, Xanax, Klonopin, Risperdal, Abilify, Effexor, Concerta, Vyvanse, Adderall, Atarax/Vistaril. Over the course of a year’s time, Dan took all of these medications, in various dosages and combinations.  At times he was prescribed up to five medications at once, and since … Continue reading

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Trial and Error and Error

Just when we thought Dan had tried every possible type of medication to combat his OCD, his psychiatrist prescribed Vyvanse. It did help with Dan’s energy levels, as it is, after all, a stimulant.  But after taking it for a few … Continue reading

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Disjointed Care

An article I recently read in the New York Times by Gardiner Harris confirms what so many people already know: You talk to your therapist and you get your drugs from your psychiatrist. The article, which I highly recommend reading, sheds some light … Continue reading

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Bring On The Drugs!

I was recently bedridden for an extended period of time, with not much energy for anything other than watching daytime television. I had not done that in years, and there were two things that shocked me. One was how bad … Continue reading

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