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Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication compliance rates for psychiatric medications could be better. Now there's a medication that digitally tracks compliance. Should we be worried?

Medication compliance for people taking psychiatric drugs is notoriously hit and miss. Because of that, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a form of aripiprazole (Abilify) that digitally tracks medication compliance in patients with schizophrenia, some forms of bipolar, and some cases of depression according to Psychiatric Times.1 A digital sensor in the pill tracks when the medication is ingested by sending a digital tracking signal to an arm patch. Information can be provided to patients and might be shared with families and providers. While this may be the first such drug approved by the FDA, it will not be the last. So, the question for mentally ill patients and their families is this: Is this a wonderful, new medication compliance tool, or is it a potentially dangerous invasion of privacy?

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My Mother with Mental Illness

My Mother with Mental Illness

Did you grow up with a mother with a mental illness? Read this daughter’s experience with a mentally ill mother to learn how she found peace.

My mother with mental illness died last week. She was 85 years old. Here I share my recollection of being raised by a mother with mental illness.

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Should People with Mental Illness Have Children?

Should People with Mental Illness Have Children?

Should people with mental illness be allowed to have children? It seems like a good time to ask since our reproductive rights are again on the political line.

The quest for a GOP presidential candidate has raised a lot of brouhaha concerning reproductive rights in America. Whether certain politicians aim to force everyone to spawn or limit childbearing rights to a particular set is unclear. The debate, however, brings to mind the question: should people with mental illness have children?

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SAD in Spring: Spring Can Make Mental Illness Symptoms Worse

SAD in Spring: Spring Can Make Mental Illness Symptoms Worse

Yesterday morning, Bob said something I’ve never heard him say before: “I need to see my doctor.” (He was referring to his psychiatrist.)

I asked why, and his answer was clear: “Because I can’t sleep.” I felt awful for him, he looked almost near tears.

He’s not the only one. Every morning, as we inch closer to Spring, I find it more difficult to get to sleep (and stay asleep), and more difficult to awake and rise in the morning (What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]?).

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How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

My most recent post asked if a parent and child should see the same psychiatrist. The consensus was a resounding “NO.” (Honestly, can’t you people make anything easy?) Admittedly, upon giving the situation further thought, I’d rather preserve my flawless appearance with Bob’s psychiatrist and let someone else be privy to my hot-messiness.

And so the search begins. (Sigh.)

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