FDA approves antihappiness drug

It's satire but I love it. (HT: justAna)

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

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Fail Fridays

Fail Fridays

A deviant this Friday because I’m an editor. I fail at posting fail pics on Fail Fridays today.

LOLcat Editor

“If you don’t like my changes” from icanhascheezeburger.com

Fail Fridays

Susan over at If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going posts some of the best lolcat pics from icanhascheezburger.com and Liz Spikol at The Trouble with Spikol is addicted to Cute Overload. I too love the sites but in an effort to be an individual—and because it’s my favorite spinoff of icanhascheezeburger—I’ll be starting an irregular feature called Fail Fridays where I post some of my favorite pictures from FailBlog.org showing the goofs, mistakes, and stupidity of other people. (They also post videos but I’m too lazy to do fiddle with youtube here so pics are all you’ll get. Note: I’m drawn to misspellings.)

Enjoy!

Spelling Fail

Champagne fail from failblog.org

Celebrity Sensitivity: Rolex watches helped Owen Wilson overcome suicide

Wow. If this isn’t a blatant advertisement for Rolex watches, I don’t know what is:

Owen WilsonAfter a frightening suicide attempt in 2007, Rolex watches and benefits appeared to play an essential role in actor Owen Wilson’s recovery. On August 29, 2007, Time magazine reported: “speculation about his drug use, depression over his May break-up from Hudson and a recent fight with a friend have peppered the coverage of Wilson’s hospitalization. A People magazine cover story out Friday quotes a friend as saying: “Owen was very despondent. He slit his wrists. He almost did not make it.” It was a dark period in Wilson life, and Rolex played a key role in helping Owen regain his bearings and his success.

RolexAlthough Owen Wilson has worn a Rolex GMT Master in the popular films Wedding Crashers and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, he chooses to wear a Rolex Submariner in his everyday life. It is not surprising that he would make such a choice. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner originally was designed for diving and known for their resistance to water. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Fair. Copied by other watchmakers, the Rolex Submariner is recognized as a classic, and one of the most widely recognized luxury products in the world. The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Professional line. After returning home from the hospital, Owen was captured by a photographer walking on the beach, wearing his Rolex Submariner. Later, he was seen riding his mountain bike in Santa Monica with the Rolex Submariner on his wrist. Obviously, the quality of a Rolex watch helped Owen realize and appreciate the quality of his own life.

If I had known that the answer to overcoming suicide was this easy, I could have avoided myself years of trouble.

Movie to avoid: The Happening

I do not watch movies often. Mainly because I think I could be doing something more useful during the time I spend watching a movie. I’m not knocking anyone who enjoys watching movies — my husband does — but they’re usually too long for me. Like an hour to an hour and a half too long.

Which is why I love the site Movies in Fifteen Minutes. It’s sort of a parody retelling mixed in with actual events of the movie that takes about 15 minutes to read. I read Cloverfield to my husband (who saw it and hated it) and he said that it was pretty close to the movie. Therefore, I figure her humorous spin on movies, while off-kilter, is slightly accurate and gets the gist across.

The HappeningSo when I saw that Cleolinda Jones, author of the blog, had a write-up of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, I was excited. It was one of the few movies I’d wanted to see since I love The Sixth Sense and heard a lot of good reviews about The Village. However, before giving her take on the movie, Jones writes:

It’s just as bad as you’ve heard. I went in hoping that people were just being harsh on Shyamalan out of habit… They really… aren’t.

(Spoiler/ending revealed under post continuation)

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I cannot brain today, I have the dumb

I’m feeling pretty out of it right now… sort of like a zombie. I have no energy to be responding to emails or posting anything of particular substance. I’m lucky to even be posting this entry. I thought I’d leave you with a cute cat picture courtesy of the popular Internet site icanhascheezburger.com.

I cannot brain today

Crazy Psychiatric Treatments

As if some psychotropic meds out on the market aren’t bad enough, out from the archives of Neatorama is a post on 10 Mind-Boggling Psychiatric Treatments. Somehow Insulin-Coma Therapy made it to #1 and lobotomy was listed as #10. I don’t know if they were placed in order of craziness. I didn’t even read the text of most of the treatments. The graphics and headlines were enough to make me cringe.

(Hat Tip: Bob Thompson)

Depression Overawareness and Overmedication Week

The Pursuit of Happiness

This post kicks off Depression Overawareness and Overmedication Week.

Two weeks ago, CLPsych and Gianna, among others, celebrated Bipolar Overawareness Week. To cap off Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve declared this last week of May Depression Overawareness and Overmedication Week. Use this checklist to identify whether you may possibly be “overaware” and “overmedicated” for depression:

  • If you’re on Zoloft because you’ve never been sad or anxious.
  • If you get a prescription for Lexapro on Thursday because you had a bad day on Tuesday.
  • If you take Paxil because you’re never restless or irritable.
  • If you are on Pristiq as a result of sadness and guilt over your Wii-related injury (eg, throwing your shoulder out or tripping over the coffee table).
  • If you are on Celexa because you hate the job that you disliked anyway before you began the medication.
  • If you are on Cymbalta because you are tired after normal long, exhausting days at your job(s).
  • If you are on Effexor only because you overate during the holidays.
  • If you take Prozac because you’ve never had passing thoughts of suicide.

If you meet any of the criteria above, this is a medical emergency. You are overaware and overmedicated. Go see your doctor immediately and discuss treatment options that involve non-medication and/or talk therapy.

Now, the disclaimer.
The checklist above is satire. It is not intended to poke fun at those who suffer with real clinical depression (of which I am one). It is intended to mock the extremely high number of people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with depression and medicated with antidepressants. This is not a medically based checklist for anything. It is not a professional recommendation or intended for professional use. It is not intended to be serious. In fact, it is not intended to be seriously serious. If you take this to your doctor, he or she will probably diagnose you with something other than depression. If you have been offended by this post, don’t be; you shouldn’t come close to meeting the criteria above. And if you do, then you really should go to a doctor. While I meet the criterion for sadness over my Wii-related injury, I don’t take Pristiq for it. If you have something nice to say, click on the Comments link below. If you don’t have something nice to say, click on the Comments link below.

(comic from problogs.com)

Top 10 Bizarre Mental Disorders

The List Universe has a top 10 Bizarre Mental Disorders list from last year that is particularly intriguing. An additional 10 were added this year. Do you think they'll be included in the DSM-V?

Hat Tip: Dr. X

Fun with banned comments

I was just browsing through my spam comments filter today (I didn't even know I had one until recently) and discovered just how well it works. (If you need a refresher course on what's banned, check the second section of the right-hand column under "Banned Words.") I've put my "clean" revisions (as clean as it can get) in brackets.

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A little something to brighten up your day (and mine)

Click North three times. On the third time, turn the view south.

26-Week-Old Fetus Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Yes, it’s a parody, but an awesome one at that. Wish I’d thought of it myself.

Is EVERYTHING a mental illness?

PEOPLE who send excessive texts and emails may have a mental illness, according to an article in a leading psychiatric journal.

As more people leave the office computer, only to log on as soon as they get home, the American Journal of Psychiatry has found addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness.

I kid you freakin’ not. That’s an actual finding by Dr. Jerald Block  as reported by news.com.au. Here are the four symptoms to classify people into this mentally ill group:

  • suffering from feelings of withdrawal when a computer cannot be accessed;
  • an increased need for better equipment;
  • need for more time to use it;
  • experiencing the negative repercussions of their addiction.

textingDr. Brock considers text messaging to be a part of this category because it’s a form of electronic communication. The article uses a female sales consultant as an example of someone who “suffers” from this “debilitating” illness. She explains that she’s on the computer for work all day and then comes home and simply has to browse Facebook, eBay, and other entertainment sites.

Dr Robert Kaplan, a forensic psychiatrist at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, said he first saw a case of internet addiction in 1998.

“I think in general it’s escalating,” Dr Kaplan said. “We now all live in an internet world, and it brings with it a range of problems.”

Someone please tell me this is an early April Fool’s joke. If not, I’ll cry golden tears if pharma companies put out medication for this.

Nothing to do with anything

I was browsing Rich Kilpatrick’s Web site the other day and found this cool YouTube video below. I don’t know if anyone’s seen it, but I think the flute playing with the beatbox is pretty amazing. Having played flute previously, I can only imagine that he must need to douse his flute in ammonia afterward. All that spittle inside the flute mouth can get really stinky if left unwashed.

Now, I present to you, the Beatboxing Flutist:

They're fuzzy

A comic strip today celebrating the loveliness of puppies and why pups belong on a blog for mental illness.

Comic

What a relaxing way to start the day!

Microsoft Word can help you commit suicide

A funny graphic courtesy of Graham’s Blog:

MS Word letter

Aw, have a sense of humor.

Antidepressants can't save themselves

It’s all too much to handle

comic

Overmedicated

Nope, it’s not your metabolism; you’ve got a mental illness.

comic

Conduct disorder

Eagles fanOh yeah, there are more than a few Eagles fans that are suffering from conduct disorder right now:

“In psychiatry, conduct disorder is a pattern of repetitive behavior where the rights of others or the social norms are violated. Possible symptoms are over-aggressive behavior, bullying, physical aggression, cruel behavior toward people and pets, destructive behavior, lying, truancy, vandalism, and stealing.”

(Just in case you didn’t know, I’m kidding about the conduct disorder thing.)

(Picture of the PO’ed lady at the right is courtesy of philadelphiaeagles.com.)

Bipolar fun

I found this comic at cartoonstock.com. It seemed to really fit my discussions as of late.

Cartoon

And here’s the bipolar screening test that my psychiatrist gave me.