Pharmaceutical branding: “building the perfect beast”

Each word has an entire volume of history attached to it.  Where does it come from?  How was it used in other places, other times?  Tracing the ancestry of a word through etymology reveals ancient understandings of the need for and role of such a word in a culture and tracks philosophical shifts over time […]

Bipolar Disorder ‘misdiagnosed in a quarter of cases’

An excerpt from an article on Medical News Today: They found that over 25% of the patients with bipolar disorder had initially had their condition misdiagnosed as unipolar depression. Misdiagnosis often occurs because the symptoms of bipolar disorder overlap with depression and other psychiatric disorders. However, misdiagnosis can cause serious problems. For example, if people […]

Will Hall’s updated recovery story

I posted Will Hall’s story a couple years ago and at that point it was already at least a couple of years old. He updated his story six months ago and asked that I publish the newer version here as well. So here it is. Since I was a child I’ve struggled with extreme emotions, […]

Vogue Magazine takes on the toxicity of Paxil in pregnancy!!

Amazing but true!! This is a major victory. Vogue is as mainstream and (frankly disgusting) a magazine as you can get, but it’s so outrageously popular that this is really amazing and wonderful and may save hundreds of babies lives. It talks about the risks of taking medications in general while pregnant. With all the […]

Symbax—the Zyprexa/Prozac Eli Lilly combo drug approved for depression

This drug was approved quite a long time ago for “bipolar-depression,” and has now been approved for plain old garden variety depression, uh, make that “treatment resistant” garden-variety depression which seems to be about 70% of depression because, well, the treatment psychiatry routinely uses DON’T work. Nope antidepressants routinely don’t work, so now they want […]