An internet friend of mine, Tabita Green, has just published a touching memoir called HER LOST YEAR, about her teenage daughter Rebekah's struggles with an eating disorder and experience with well-meaning doctors who eventually put her on way too many medications, leading to multiple mental hospitalizations. It is a true story well told, a meditation on family and healing, and a caring and careful mother's account of learning to trust herself over the so-called experts.
More about the book and where to get a copy here http://tabitagreen.com/her-lost-year-book/
Bethany Butzer, postdoc at Harvard's Brigham & Women's Hospital and the author of "The Antidepresant Antidote," posted about "Coming of Age on Zoloft" on her blog.
A young musician from the UK is donating 30% of the sales of his new album, Winterheart, to the Depression Alliance charity. If you're feeling singer-songwriter-y, check it out.
While youth on psychiatric drugs raise special questions, the heaviest users of antidepressants in the U.S. are women aged 40-59. I wrote about it for the June issue of Prevention magazine.
News! I've got an article out today in the science journal Nature about ADHD medication: specifically, the lack of evidence that the pills do much to improve kids' academic achievement in the long run.
(Spoiler alert: Adderall's benefits as a study drug are overestimated, too.)
Once again, The Onion has it.
More press for the Mt. Holyoke talk next month. I can't wait.
On Wednesday, March 6, I'll be giving a talk at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass, as the kick-off of their Open Minds Forum series. If you're in Western Mass, you should come on out!
Wow! Please permit just a second of gloating. Over at Somatosphere, a great website covering the intersection of anthropology, medicine, psychiatry, and science and technology studies, anthropologist Kelly McKinney has posted review of Coming of Age on Zoloft and Kaitlin Bell Barnett's Dosed, which contains these words:
"I really enjoyed Sharpe’s [book] in that I-cannot-wait-to-curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-hot chocolate-and-my-warm-dogs-next-to-me-to-read-this-book kind of way...."
Which would have been enough to make any author grin. But wait, there's more!
"I was even excited to get on the elliptical trainer at the gym," McKinney continues, "just so I could continue reading Sharpe’s book, and I barely even glanced at the US magazine on the rack beckoning to me. Admittedly, I have scholarly and personal interests in this topic, but I also just love a good read."
A day of getting gym-read in favor of US is a fine day indeed.
Full review here: http://somatosphere.net/…/coming-of-age-on-psychiatric-meds…
POWELL'S! Like every Reedie (right?), I've always dreamed of reading at the legendary Powell's City of Books in Portland. Hope you can be there this Friday night, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. I'll read some pages from Coming of Age on Zoloft, there will be a Q&A, and a good time will be had by all. Free.
I was really happy to see this AP story about colleges starting to stress the need for students to get enough sleep, and the importance of sleep to mental health:
"College health officials are finally realizing that healthy sleep habits are a potential miracle drug for much of what ails the famously frazzled modern American college student: anxiety, depression, physical health problems and—more than most students realize—academic troubles."
Uncool, perhaps, but so, so true....
In a few hours, I'm going to train my rusty college Spanish skills on this weekend story from the Chilean newspaper La Tercera. (Thanks for the interview, Jennifer Abate!)
Thanks to the massive storm and power outage in the Washington, D.C. area, I'm just now getting to check out this weekend's Saturday Essay in the Wall Street Journal, reworked from Coming of Age on Zoloft. Complete with somewhat embarrassing accompanying video!