Your Campus on Drugs | Caroline Posner

February 5, 2015 3:43 PM

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Your Campus on Drugs | Caroline Posner

I am about two-thirds of the way through writing a column on Adderall, the newest addition to my list of daily drugs, when I reread the suicide note posted on Facebook by my friend Luchang Wang '17. It says that she couldn't wait for new medication to kick in while remaining in school. It sounds desperate. I wonder if my voice sounded desperate through the phone when I implored Yale Health to let me see a psychiatrist to increase my dosage. When they said I had an appointment in three days. When I pushed my mother to call my psychiatrist in Florida that night because three days was too long.

I spend a lot of time talking about my emotional health, but I'm still hesitant to bring up my history with psychiatric medication. Words like antidepressant and benzodiazepine tend to evoke a visceral reaction, an unsettling in your gut that makes you want to change the topic or converse in hushed ...

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