The horrible branding of psychiatric medication

Dr. Brett HowardMental Health

Can I offer you a Kleenex®? Or perhaps a Q-tips®? Have you ever “Googled” for the nearest coffee shop because you needed a Starbucks®? Sometimes a product’s brand can become so pervasive that the branded name can actually replace the more generic term (i.e., tissue, cotton swab, internet search, coffee). Unfortunately, we have the opposite problem in psychiatry. That is, … Read More

Pharmacogenomics – The Mental Health Genetic Tests

Dr. Brett HowardMental Health

If you have recently had an appointment with me you have probably heard something about a new trend in the mental health field: the use of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes affect their response to medications, and this trend has resulted in the creation of several lab tests which targets those genes most relevant to … Read More

ADHD Drug Holidays

Dr. Brett HowardADHD

“I don’t take my medication over the weekend.” “We are taking the Summer off.” “I’m not in school over Winter break, so I save up my medication for when I really need it.” ADHD drug holidays (i.e., the purposeful discontinuation of stimulant medication over weekends or school breaks) can take many forms, and the reasons ADHD patients provide for taking … Read More

Treating Insomnia is Treating ADHD

Dr. Brett HowardADHD

A bad night of sleep can mean a bad day at school or work, especially for one who suffers from ADHD. ADHD symptoms can get much worse when you’re fatigued, so treating insomnia is treating ADHD. There are many behavioral, prescriptive and over-the-counter remedies to treat difficulties with falling or staying asleep. A holistic approach to ADHD treatment will often … Read More

5 Reasons Your Antidepressant Is Not Working

Dr. Brett HowardMental Health

Antidepressant | Reboot Science

Are you close to flushing your antidepressant down the toilet? Have you been taking an antidepressant for weeks but feel that it is not working? In a 2011 Data Brief the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed antidepressants as the most frequently used prescription medication among those aged 18-44. Despite their popularity in prescription, many who have started … Read More