My family’s views on mental health were generally conservative. We thought issues related to it were something that happened to other people — but surely not us.
I've been worried that I won't be able to write anymore if I'm medicated. That the fire that propels me will be extinguished -- though it's worth remembering that the fire has also had a tendency to engulf me. I've worried that I'll become a numbed-out version of myself, that my good will be as dull as my bad.
Some of my friends brag about how little sleep they get, as if depriving oneself of the ability to function fully is something to be proud of. Perhaps I could survive without my meds, but would I have been able to graduate college? I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive.
Did you give Fido his meds today? Believe it or not, drugs like Prozac, Valium and Xanax are a billion dollar industry for cats, dogs and other animals that might live in your home. We discuss why more pets are on prescription drugs now than ever.
Chicago, you aren't perfect. You're beautifully flawed. There isn't anything wrong with you, that can't be repaired by the good in you. The most American-American city.
Like former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who has been a spokesman for Paxil, an anti-depressant, Barry Lyons is a tough guy, tough enough to know when he needed help, tough enough to reach out to his friends.
Many of the symptoms that patients complain about are the side effects caused by the drug that they were incorrectly prescribed in the first place. I want to stress the need that patients must ask questions and be educated.