PDF | Vol. 4, No. 2 (2007)
Medications are often a double-edged sword. They can lift symptoms of mental illness or addiction so that people can feel well enough to do all the other hard work needed for recovery. But, they also present a host of complex challenges from side effects and interactions, to affordability and access. This issue of Visions aims to help consumers feel more like partners in their care and tries to present a helpful guide into the complex world of pharmaceutical treatment of mental or substance use disorders.
Medications for Mental Illness: Are we there yet?
How Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications Work
(Anthony Tung and Ric M. Procyshyn)
Medications Used in Recovery from Addiction
All About Benzos
From Happenstance to Targeted Investigation: A brief history of mental health meds
(Debbie Thompson) (online only)
Myths About Antidepressants
(Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division) (online only)
Experiences and Perspectives
Medications: A quagmire of approaches and attitudes
A Sudden Stop: Medication management taken out of my control
(Patricia Harding) (online only)
A Pharmaceutical Sunset With a Side Order of Weight Gain, Please! My journey, through cocktails, to the light
(Simone Dina-Blunck) (online only)
Medications: Helping me enjoy the world go by
Tardive Dyskinesia: A Side effect of stigma
Medications and Youth on the Street
Alternatives and Approaches
To Take or Not to Take? The problem of compliance
A Pill for Every Ill — Or an Ill for Every Pill?
Medication in the Press: Evaluating media coverage of psychiatric and addiction drugs
Using Mental Health Medications in Children and Youth: Some thoughts...
Antidepressants in Pregnancy and Lactation: Let’s look at the facts
Medication Research in Psychiatry: New trends and discoveries
Working With Your Partner in Health
Between Dusk and Dawn—Who Ya Gonna Call? The BC NurseLine Pharmacist Service
(Barbara Gobis Ogle and Elaine Chong)
Plan G: Financial assistance for psychiatric medications
I Can’t Access or Afford the Medication I Need: Now what?