Although mental illness is no joke, laughing can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion, and boost immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies.
Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being. So, let’s take a moment to laugh, to smile, if only just for a while. 😛 ~ Wil
Patient: Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I am a set of curtains!
Doctor: Pull yourself together, man!
Emoticons for Psychiatric Med Management (source)
:- ) stable. cont prozac 40mg. f/u 3 mos.
:- )) reduce prozac to 20mg. f/u 1mo.
:- )))) d/c prozac. add lithium 300 tid. check TSH, creatinine, lithium level. f/u 1wk.
:- D add depakote. check valproic acid level, Liver Panel, CBC. f/u 1wk.
:- | stable. cont prozac 40 mg. f/u 1mo.
:- ( increase prozac to 60mg. f/u 2wk.
:’- ( add wellbutrin SR 150mg. f/u 1wk.
%- } weekly tox screen. refer to AA/NA.
:- &@? add haldol 2mg bid.
|- 0 d/c ambien.
:- # d/c elavil. use hard candies.
;- P d/c haldol. add clozapine. AIMS exam. vitamin E 800 iu bid.
:- )~ reduce haldol. add cogentin to reduce sialorrhea.
;- ) establish boundaries. do not schedule at end of day.
;- x see with chaperone only.
Patient: Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I’m invisible.
Doctor: Who said that?!