Once upon a time, a 26-year-old woman went to her doctor and asked to be put on the new birth control pill that allowed women to only have four periods a year. She had seen it advertised on television. Four months later, 15 pounds heavier and suffering from mild depression, she returned to the doctor […]
Serotonin Syndrome is rarely recognized but is a fatal condition from over prescribed serotonin medicines
I sat in the large cafeteria, teetering on the edge of a folding chair along with rows of other teeth-clenched parents as we helplessly witnessed our twitchy offspring entrenched in the prime time drama of a grade school spelling bee. A heady smell of meatloaf permeated the air. My 8-year-old son, who now stood at […]
I recently read an article about how fewer women are taking birth control pills now. The article claimed: “The reasons behind the shift are hard to pin down. Study after study has shown the pill is generally safe for most women, and is 99 per cent effective with perfect use. The pill’s safety has only […]
Depression and LossIt took months to get me out. My girlfriends had all but given up on asking me to join them. I started my journey out when a girlfriend said to me in frustration, “He died of cancer. But even with cancer, he still tried to live his life each and every day. You? […]
Someone I know tried to kill herself this morning. Thankfully, she hasn’t succeeded, yet, but we are not out of the woods. Her suffering, like so many of the women I work with is immense. She lost her daughter to a medication adverse event, a medication that was common and promoted as entirely safe, even […]
We now understand that brain regions that are starved of energy and that are not able to generate action potential cause abnormal synaptic transmissions. Yet rather than replenishing the brain by restocking nutrients, the current favorite treatment method is some form of serotonin medicine, such as triptans for aborting an ongoing migraine, or serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs or SNRIs) for prevention for both migraines and depression.
In part one of this series I noted that my approach to postpartum depression research was a little bit different than most others. Namely, I didn’t ascribe to either the nomenclature of the syndromes, whether defined by popular culture or by the DSM, the timing of the onset of the symptoms nor the explanation of […]