6/20/2014 From Donna Cunningham, MSW
This is a bit off-topic from suicide, but, then again, perhaps it’s not. I subscribe to Scientific American Mind, a magazine connected to Scientific American, but focused on emotions and psychological principles.
In the July/August 2014 issue on page 15, I found an article reporting on several important research studies into the ways that women’s bodies react differently—usually more strongly—from men’s bodies to medications for things like depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and pain. The side effects of these medications on other bodily functions are much more likely to be toxic or overly strong when women take them.
For instance, with sleeping pills of one kind or another, women typically have more of the drug left in their system the next morning than men do, creating problems in being alert for work and driving.
I recently got a much-needed new printer (Hewlett-Packard) which not only prints beautifully, it also scans well. Therefore, rather than trying to re-create the entire article about the side effects of various pharmaceuticals on women, I scanned it and it came out really well. You can download it at this link: gender differences in psychotrophic meds .
(The vocabulary is a bit more difficult than even Psychology Today, but there are lots of important research study reports. If you’ve been taking one of these medications and find the vocabulary too hard, ask your care provider to explain.)
If you feel the information would be important for professionals (including astrologers) or for women who are taking the medications described there to know, pass this link along.
Readers: do you or those you are close to have any experience with the medications covered in this article, and did it have any of the effects noted there? Leave your observations in the comment section.