“A ‘digital’ drug could help patients take their medicine”

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This October 6, 2015 US News article by Kimberly Leonard and found on the AOL On  website talks about technology being reviewed by the FDA for a version of Abilify that has a small chip the size of a pencil tip that would allow professionals to verify that the medication is being taken.

I have a concern that while yes verification can be good to have, I feel as though this could offer yet another tool for those who prefer to use coercion or force choices  when dealing with people with mental illnesses …. I could see this easily be turned into something where the person is told “take your meds or we will send you to the state hospital”  without trying to understand why the person isn’t taking their meds, and simply chalking it up to non-compliance on the part of the person with a mental illness.  if it is strictly used for verification I’m ok with it, but if it begins to be used as a way to force the person into treatment they aren’t given a choice about then that’s where I have a problem.

“ADHD Med Helps Women with Cognitive Challenges of Menopause”

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This article on Psych Central was last reviewed on June 12, 2015 and discusses a recent study that could offer hope to women in menopause who experience executive function based cognitive issues, not attributed to any other condition, could benefit from medication used to treat ADHD to improve their ability to act effectively with regards to executive function.  The symptoms seen are very similar to those experienced by people with ADHD.

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the lit...

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pitt joins medication study”

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This February 3, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Business Times website talks about a medication study being done in the Pittsburgh area involving

 

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

personalized medicine.

“60 Minutes: Denied”

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This December 14, 2014 60 Minutes segment talks about the problems occurring when insurance companies deny people with mental health issues services.

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“Ten Principles of Recovery”

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Ch...

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Cherry Road in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on October 17, 2012 by Marc Jacques and offers information about the ten principles of recovery from mental illness based on SAMHSA’s principles of recovery.

“FDA Warns of Skin Reactions to Antipsychotic”

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This December 12, 2014 Medpage Today article talks about a possible negative reaction that has been connected to Geodone.

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