Supplements for Depression & Anxiety

...so long as no claim is made for the product as a treatment or cure for a specific disease or condition, then “they can say anything they want to” about the supposed benefits of using it.

About those supplements that seem to take up so much shelf space in our grocery and natural food stores – how much value can they actually bring, to someone in early recovery? In this instance, for common complaints of depression and/or anxiety?

Science has an answer: some value, perhaps, limited to some cases. But science cautions against expecting too much from a supplement.

And there are also risks to consider, if you’re taking prescribed medications as well as the supplements.

Still, it isn’t hard to understand why supplements are so popular. First, they’re  much cheaper than most prescribed meds. Second, you don't need a doctor's permission. And look, it says right there are on the package, it's been 'proven effective'. They couldn’t say that unless they had proof, could they?

Yes, they could. And often, they do.

I noticed that the questionnaire the nurse asked me to complete (prior to being admitted to the presence of an actual physician) had been...

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Their Empire Strikes Back

The Company’s actions relating to the marketing and promotion of these important prescription pain medications were appropriate and responsible. Today the Oklahoma State Supreme Court appropriately and categorically rejected the misguided and unprecedented expansion of the public nuisance law as a means to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and sale of products, including the Company’s prescription opioid medications."

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Fentanyl Sneaks In

There’s a long history of people dying from the cocaine-opioid combo, commonly known as a ‘speedball’. The actor John Belushi is one. Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix are others. We could go on.

Fentanyl Sneaks In

There’s a long history of people dying from the cocaine-opioid combo, commonly known as a ‘speedball’. The actor John Belushi is one. Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix are others. We could go on.

The Juul Ban

Unobtrusive, easy to conceal, it wouldn’t draw notice from teachers and bosses the way it would if you fired up a Kool in class. For another, it comes in all sorts of kid-friendly flavors, including Crème Brulee

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...the most reliable recipe for a successful therapy experience is that strong therapeutic alliance plus a therapist able to explain the problem and the process skillfully, along with a treatment approach that the patient finds believable.

What Makes An Effective Therapist?

...the most reliable recipe for a successful therapy experience is that strong therapeutic alliance plus a therapist able to explain the problem and the process skillfully, along with a treatment approach that the patient finds believable.

Drugs in Jail

If 70% or more of a jail population has been identified as having a drug or alcohol problem – that does happen – then what you’re really operating is a treatment center that happens to have bars on the windows and guards at the entrance.

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