The Real Deal Versus Generics in Psychoactive Meds

DeeDee newRecently the FDA announced that Teva’s generic version of Wellbutrin XL (budeprion) was not in fact an equivalent medication, pulling it from the market. This is sort of a landmark thing; all kinds of authorities of various sorts (doctors, pharmacists, regulators, hobos) will insist that generics and brand name medications are the “same.” They are not. They are the same in some respects, but can be meaningfully different in other respects. I’m not going to go into those details at the moment, however, because I’ll go off on a rant and I do have another point to make. Continue reading

Ruby Has Mono

RubyYay and hooray for me.  I’ve been feeling tired and crappy for a while, now I am official.  I wanted to write a note here, because I’ve done this before a few times (had mono, I mean), so I know I’m going to be about as useful and productive as a box of rocks for a little while.  Probably more than a little while.

I have been meaning for some time to write up a series of posts for this month’s Let’s Talk About.  A number of things made me decide that for this month, it would be a good idea to talk about the ten topics already in our arsenal. Continue reading

I am a Human Being

SSGI am just a human being.  I make mistakes like every other human being, and like any other human being, I’m capable of great things.

I’m as perfect and as flawed as any regular human being.

No, scratch that. I am more flawed that your regular human being. Continue reading

Someone I Admire

alicecardsDepression can make you think that nothing you do matters.  If you’re a mom or a caretaker of children, you think you’re closer to Peg Bundy than Donna Reed.  The funny thing is that when we’re down, we concentrate on what we don’t do.  What we don’t realize is that the things that the children in our lives love and remember about us are not the fabulous trips to Disney World or big flashy Christmas presents or even cake you made to look like a life-size Darth Vadar. Continue reading