Sunday, 5 October 2008

Now I know

And all this time I have been doing my tek weh yeh self without attitude

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Japanese Psychiatric Medicine Artwork

I am a bit terrified of psychiatric medication. The side effects often become problems in themselves, making the individual even more distressed and socially excluded. I have found some amazing art work that went on the packaging in Japan.

Pipradrol- used for the treatment of a variety of other conditions such as narcolepsy, ADHD, and most particularly for counteracting the symptoms of senile dementia. Was made illegal in the 70s because of the side effects which include insomnia, anorexia, tachycardia, anxiety, dry mouth, tremor, hypertension, euphoria, depression,psychosis and convulsions.

Noritren- It is used in the treatment of major depression and childhood nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting). In addition it is sometimes used for chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and migraines, and labile affect in some neurological conditions. Side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, orthostatic hypotension, urinary retention, constipation, and rapid or irregular heartbeat. Some sexual side effects. Seizures and ECG/EKG changes.

Rohypnol- a hypnotic which is generally used for short-term treatment of chronic, or severe insomnias that are not responsive to other hypnotics, especially in inpatients. Also used for date-rape. Side effects include dependence, both physical and psychological; reduced sleep quality resulting in somnolence; and overdose, resulting in excessive sedation, impairment of balance and speech, respiratory depression or coma and possibly death. Because of the latter, Rohypnol is commonly used in suicide. When used in pregnancy, it might cause floppy infant syndrome.

Serenace- An antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia and, more acutely, in the treatment of acute psychotic states and delirium. Side effects include the risk of facial disfigurement, anxiety, dysphoria, and an inability to remain motionless.Dry mouth, lethargy, muscle-stiffness, muscle-cramping, restlessness, tremors, and weight-gain. Depression, severe enough to result in suicide, is quite often seen during long-term treatment. Sudden death syndrome, dependency and the potentially fatal neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Nicergoline- Used to treat senile dementia. Side effects include nausea, hot flushes, mild gastric upset, hypotension and dizziness. Bradycardia, increased appetite, agitation, diarrhea, perspiration and Acute Interstitial Nephritis.


So I have a new job, which has slightly taken over my life. This is in a nice way though.

I spend my days at Springfield Hospital, formally Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum. You no longer have to be a pauper to have the privilege of staying, just a bit challenged. It looks the kind of place too.

I feel a bit bad writing about work- it feels a bit unethical. So I'll stop.