Today, we know a lot more about mental illness than we did forty years ago. But given the grueling and brutal demands of modern campaigning, we would be extremely unlikely to embrace a presidential candidate who acknowledged taking drugs for a psychiatric condition.
The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.
Last week, my oncologist told me that if he could get rid of one of my side effects, it would be the insomnia. He told me that this cumulative fatigue is exacerbating all of my other symptoms. How many sheep can a girl count?
Scientific research indicates that meditation practice can actually change our brain structure to ameliorate reactivity. But meditation is just one tool for what, at the extreme, is known as impulse control disorder.
Being in a controlled trial means the participants are randomly assigned either an old drug or the new one in order to find out its benefits or risks. In the fast-changing world of medication, the FDA needs to revise the protocol.
By creating an incentive for patients to stay healthy, it may be possible to avoid ER visits, eliminate surgeries, cut down or avoid hospitalizations and maybe eliminate some of the unnecessary trips to the doctor.