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What do These Students Have in Common?

What do These Students Have in Common? When I took a part-time job and started living off-campus, my course work fell apart. I couldn't concentrate or sleep, and I was always IRRITABLE and angry. - Leah, sophomore year After two years of straight A's, I couldn't finish assignments anymore. I felt exhausted but couldn't sleep, [...]

Thanksgiving Depression: These Five Steps Will Help You Cope

Home-and-Family/Holidays Thanksgiving Depression: These Five Steps Will Help You CopeYou pull the collar of your flannel shirt about your neck to ward off the chill. Refilling your coffee cup, more out of boredom than real need, you shuffle to the window and take in the wintry scene. The leaves have by now abandoned their trees, [...]

Different people, different antidepressants

Different people, different antidepressantsDifferent people, different antidepressantsTuesday, March 29, 2005By Melania Zaharopoulos The prescription drug market is awash in medications marketed for the treatment of depression with what could be as many as 30 common prescriptions on the market today, said Dr. Shan Crockett, a Santa Cruz psychiatrist who assists with a Hollister-based geriatric mental [...]

Geodon (ziprasidone)

Geodon (ziprasidone)FDA ALERT Geodon® is a type of medicine called an atypical antipsychotic. FDA has found that older patients treated with atypical antipsychotics for dementia had a higher chance for death than patients who did not take the medicine. This is not an approved use.What is Geodon® ?Geodon® (ziprasidone) is an antipsychotic medication—one of a [...]

Eskalith ®, Lithane®, Lithobid® (lithium carbonate)

Brand name:Eskalith ®Pronounced: ESS-kuh-lithGeneric name: Lithium carbonateOther brand names: Eskalith CR LithobidWhy is Eskalith prescribed?Eskalith is used to treat the manic episodes of manic-depressive illness, a condition in which a person's mood swings from depression to excessive excitement. A manic episode may involve some or all of the following symptoms:AggressivenessElationFast, urgent talkingFrenetic physical activityGrandiose, unrealistic [...]

Parnate® (Tranylcypromine sulfate)

Brand name:Parnate® Pronounced: PAR-nate Generic name: Tranylcypromine sulfate Why is Parnate prescribed? Parnate is prescribed for the treatment of major depression--that is, a depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 weeks and interferes with daily functioning. Major depression is marked by at least 4 of the following 8 symptoms: changes in appetite, changes in [...]

Tranxene® (clorazepate)

Brand name: Tranxene® Pronounced: TRAN-zeen Generic name: Clorazepate dipotassium Other brand names: Tranxene-SD, Tranxene-SD Half Strength Why is Tranxene® prescribed? Tranxene belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. It is also used to relieve the [...]

Tofranil® (Imipramine)

Tofranil® (Imipramine) DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Imipramine is an antidepressant medication of the tricyclic class. Medications in this class are often referred to as tricyclic antidepressants or TCAs. Depression is defined as an all-pervasive sense of sadness and gloom. In patients with depression, abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain (called neurotransmitters) may be the [...]


The brain chemical these drugs increase, serotonin, is the same brain chemical that LSD, PCP and other psychedelic drugs mimic in order to produce their hallucinogenic effects ". . . psychedelic agents mimic the effects of serotonin." And remember that psychedelic agents are "a class of compounds with no demonstrated therapeutic use, a history of [...]
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