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  1. A Pill for Every Ill—Or an Ill for Every Pill?

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    Jason* first went on antidepressants at age 18 when his girlfriend left him. It was his idea: he felt bad and wanted help. His parents agreed. They were concerned, because after the breakup he had sometimes been coming home drunk. Jason’s doctor asked if ...

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  2. Medication in the Press

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    Today we’re turning to a broader range of media sources than ever before for information. About 67% of Canadians tune into television news, and 42% read a newspaper on a daily basis. 1 Studies on new medical treatments and medications, headlines announcin ...

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  3. Using Mental Health Medications in Children and Youth

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    The use of medication for mental health problems in children and youth has skyrocketed in the last 15 years. This is an issue that alarms many people, and not without reason. ...

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  4. Medication Research in Psychiatry

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    People often think that there are many different kinds of medications available to treat mental illnesses. But in reality, there are not very many truly “novel” psychotropic† medications. Many of the so called “new drugs” work much the same way as the old ...

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  5. Working With Your Partner in Health

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    I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m a lot happier when I feel I have an active role in my own health treatment and am not just a “helpless” patient. I have a lot of confidence in my doctor and the health professionals I deal with, but realize that I only ...

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  6. Between Dusk and Dawn—Who Ya Gonna Call?

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    It’s shortly after midnight. As you were getting ready for bed earlier, you noticed a rash on your arm. You start to worry. You’ve recently started taking a new medication that your doctor prescribed. Is it the new medication? Could this be a side effect? ...

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  7. Plan G

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    Did you know that British Columbia’s PharmaCare program includes a specific plan to provide financial assistance for most psychiatric medications? It’s the No-Charge Psychiatric Medication Plan, also known as Plan G. It’s available to individuals of any a ...

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  8. I Can’t Access or Afford the Medication I Need: Now What?

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    It’s no secret that the health care system isn’t always easy to figure out. People don’t usually try to make sense of the system until they really need it. By then, an individual or their loved one is sick, and the last thing they feel like doing is focus ...

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  9. How Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications Work

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    Depression and schizophrenia are two of the many mental illnesses that a physician can treat with effective medications. Knowing how medications work can increase your understanding of mental illness and encourage compliance—that is, consistently sticking ...

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  10. Myths About Antidepressants

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    Web-only article from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2) Antidepressants are one approach to treating symptoms of major depression that have good evidence of effectiveness. Although antidepressants are among the most widely pres ...

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