Saturday, 22 December 2012

Antipsychotics: What your doctor might not tell you

A few weeks ago, I saw an article on Twitter about a new antipsychotic drug that had just been approved in the USA.  Out of curiosity, I had a look at the article and while I can't remember the name of the drug itself, I was taken aback by the side effects listed.  Things like akathisia and weight gain were seemingly trivialised in this article and many of the 'common' side effects (affecting at least 1 in 10 people) were highly distressing symptoms!  I did mean to write a blog post about this drug but something came up and I now can't remember this drug's name or even find the article about it.  Even Google isn't helping me find this mystery antipsychotic so instead, I decided to write about another antipsychotic.  This is an antipsychotic that I was on a few years ago and although I won't name it, I can promise you this list of side effects is real.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas Giggles

I've just finished wrapping my Christmas presents whilst listening to very Christmassy music.  Guns N Roses.  While I was wrapping certain presents, I began remembering Christmases from years ago and started laughing.  So I thought I'd share some of them!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Connecticut Tragedy

In 10 days, people across the world will be celebrating Christmas.  Yet for 27 families, it won't be as much a celebration as a memorial.  In Newtown, Connecticut, a 20 year-old gunman killed 26 people including 20 young children before shooting and killing himself.  This tragedy has sparked many debates already, the main two being gun control and mental health support.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Suicide in the News

There are a lot of news and blog articles around talking about the apparent suicide of the nurse who took the prank phone call made by two Australian DJs.  I wanted to get my views down as I have a lot of thoughts on this.  The story of Jacintha Saldanha is tragic; a 46 year old mother of two teenaged children apparently took her life out of the shame of breaching confidentiality when she answered a phone call made by two Australian DJs.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

What's in a name?

A couple of days ago, I semi-jokingly asked a question on Twitter. I had one answer which, in a nutshell, said yes. So what was the question?