The prescribing and use of antidepressants is rising. Interestingly, it seems the biggest rise occurs in countries that are traditionally perceived as the happiest.1 In trying to find an association between suicide rates2 and happiness (or depression), no real association can be determined. One thing is clear, however: not only is the use of antidepressants rising, but the rise is accelerating.3
Unhappy Americans, unhappy Canadians
So how do the statistics play out for the USA and for Canada? As it turns out, one out of 10,000 people annually commit suicide in the USA. In Canada, it is a hair higher (about a hundredth of a person higher). Of course, the USA has a larger population (many more groups of 10,000 people), so it will have an absolute number of suicides that is larger than Canada’s and with it, the amount of diagnosed depression. Within statistical error, this means that although the numbers are different, the suicide rate is about the same for the two ...
Weird, but not fun. That’s one way of describing migraine headaches. But the term, migraine headache, itself, is very broad. What we’re talking about here is something that messes with the brain, and since the brain is the way everyone deciphers the electromagnetic wavelengths and atoms of the universe to construct a worldview through which to navigate in life, alterations there can be debilitating to that navigation. When it comes to the subject of “ocular” migraines, that is, disturbances in vision due to a migraine process, the bottom line is that it is still a migraine.
What are ocular migraines?
An ocular migraine, also called “retinal migraine,” is a migraine condition with repeated episodes of simple visual hallucinations or blindness, in one eye, associated with or followed by a headache.1 The word “ocular” is preferred over “retinal” because it is not just a disturbance of the retin ...