Tag Archives: Side effects

The naked brain

Ever wanted to run off to a cave and hide for a couple of weeks? Today it was agreed that after everything I described in my last post, my symptoms are “clearly iatrogenic” (medically induced) and “clearly intolerable” and that … Continue reading

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Prankxiety

Oh anxiety, you trickster, you joker, you fiddler with minds. Anxiety is all over me at the moment. There are probable reasons for this; I’m on a therapeutic dose of aripiprazole, which is well known for causing agitation and  anxiety, and I … Continue reading

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Arrested adjustment

They always say the period after a hospital admission is a difficult one, but I didn’t expect it to go on and on being difficult. My mood was good in the first three weeks or so, which I at least partly … Continue reading

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My week in meds

I published my second ever blog today over on YouTube. It’s Inspired by “What a week of groceries looks like around the world”, which got me thinking about what a week of meds might look like if laid out in a … Continue reading

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The tipping point

After a few “issue” posts I thought it was time for a more personal update. I am amazed to be able to say that my mood has now been pretty much stable for around ten weeks. This feels like an … Continue reading

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No Magic Fixes: the do’s and don’ts of mental health drugs

Think back, if you can, to 1995. I’m 20 years old, and so far I’ve spent much of university life acutely depressed. I’ve somehow just about kept myself alive into my second year, and even managed to submit my essays … Continue reading

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