Pain Medications and Chronic Pain


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Chronic pain is pain that lasts for a long time – more than a month.  While it is OK to use short-acting pain medications (like hydrocodone or oxycodone) for short-lived pain (like that from an injury), it is not good … Continue reading

Antidepressant (and Anxiety) Medications


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Depression vs. Anxiety Antidepressant medications are used for both anxiety and depression.  Both depression and anxiety are problems of normal emotions gone awry.  Depression is hopelessness (sadness, melancholy) while anxiety is helplessness (fear, nervousness).  Usually people have some of each, … Continue reading

Addiction Podcast


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I have gotten some really nice notes from readers who enjoy this podcast.  It’s a real thrill to hear that kind of thing.  Some people have gone so far as to say that they are “addicted” to my podcast.  Addicted?  … Continue reading