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Category: antidepressants

The Secret to Managing Food Cravings: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Secret to Managing Food Cravings

icecreamDoesn't that look yummy? Can you resist?

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Antidepressants – the Ugly!

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

antidepressants,the,uglyYes, antidepressants are great when they work. But some antidepressants, even if they help somewhat, have side effects that are almost impossible to bear.

These are the UGLY ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Now what may be ugly for some may be fine for others so don’t listen to what others are saying about their antidepressants.

Headaches, weight gain, lack of sex drive etc. are examples of the ugly side of some drugs. Hey, just those things alone could cause depression.

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Antidepressants – the Bad!

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


We are discussing the good, the bad and the ugly about antidepressants. The good part is when they work.

Now we are going to discuss the bad part.

If the antidepressant works, then that is good right?

Well, sort of.

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“Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, oh what a RELIEF it is!”

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Antidepressants, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Do you remember this Alka Seltzer tv commercial from 1976?

“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is” was an advertizing slogan which won many awards.

What a wonderful and cute promise. Just plop two tablets into a glass of water,  drink it and voila! Instant relief! I can’t even tell you if it worked because I never tried it. But ‘Alka Seltzer’ is still in business so I imagine it does work to some extent.

The ad promises RELIEF and SPEED! Don’t we all want some of that?

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These Boots Were Made for Walkin: Part Two

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

red bootsDo you remember this song?

"These boots were made for walkin

And that's just what they'll do

One of these days these boots

Are gonna walk all over you!"

It was a popular song in my day. There wasn't a girl around who wouldn't love singing that song if she had been mistreated or dumped by her boyfriend. There is something powerful about the image of walking all over someone who you feel has walked all over you.

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The Drug Debate



If you read as much as I do about depression, you will not miss the growing opinion that drugs are bad for us, that the entire antidepressant thing is just a ploy of the pharmaceutical companies and that we are all simply falling for their greedy, not lofty, goals.

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Depression Review: #2 Keyword is Medication

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Depression Review with Eight Keywords

pill_bottle_and_pills1As we continue with our depression review, we come to the second most important step: medication. I know, I know, many of us hate taking pills for anything if we can avoid it.

I assure you however, that the first time you ever sink into a deep dark depression, you will probably take any pills offered to you! Why? Because you will be so desperate to stop feeling the way  you feel.

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Diagnostic Journaling: Detecting Clues

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis

Diagnostic journaling could be a great job for a detective.

My doctor has a gift for detective work and I am glad she does. When she first began treating me, she would start me on a small dose of the medication and then continue to increase it to the ‘recommended therapeutic dose’. Sometimes I would start to get better and when she increased it I would get worse. Puzzled by this, she took my chart, reread all of her notes and noticed that I always did better on a smaller dosage than the one recommended. If she didn’t have good notes, she would not have been able to figure that out.

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Diagnosis Through Journaling: Digging for Secrets, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis

Diagnosis may not be as complicated as you imagine.


Do you remember when you first realized you had some symptoms of depression?

Here was my initial experience. 

I was going through a stressful time in my life (divorce), but coping, or so I thought. One of the ways I dealt with stress was through exercise, particular, walking. One day, while on my walk, I felt like I could not go at my usual pace. The only other time I remembered feeling that awful was when I had anemia. So, assuming that it was the same thing this time, I went to my doctor.

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