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Everyone needs some help once in awhile, especially when you’re mentally interesting. I hate asking for help, especially when it’s for something I’m not good at.
I want you to be
part of my circle jerk my friend. If you’re using a high-end mobile device or a laptop you’ll see this near the bottom of every page1:
If you’re on a real computer, a large laptop, or have really good eyesight and display the right sidebar with everything in a tiny font, you also get to see me over there →
If you have a
DoublePlusGoogle Google+ account, please add me to one of your circles. I’ll add you to mine. I don’t post all that much.
We also have a Facebook page (which is not the same as the group) you can like:
Liking us via our Facebook page or following us on Google+ will get you notifications of all sorts of exciting things, like new content, impending forum software upgrades, and status reports when the site is off the air for some reason.
I really need you to share what I’ve written. At the top of each page there are buttons to share or like it via Facebook, Google plus, and every other social media/bookmarking/whatever service there is via AddThis. It would really, really help if you flag every page you’ve found helpful and/or entertaining with a G+ and/or a Facebook share. I realize there is a hell of a lot of stigma attached to having brain cooties, and a share on Google+ and Facebook, unlike those in AA, is fairly public, whereas a like is much less so. Which is why I have both options available. If you don’t have, or don’t wish to use either one of those accounts, perhaps you can use another social bookmarking service. We have many from which to choose: Reddit, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and even the surprisingly popular LinkedIn. If you don’t see what you have, or wish to use, move your cursor over the +Share button, and down past the bookmark mail, etc. options to + More (some number), and you’ll find around 330 (as of this writing) selections from Adfty to the Max Headroom-sounding Zic Zac.
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The Internet, alas, is like high school. Popularity is everything. Well-liked pages tend to do better in the search rankings. The better it does in the search, more people will visit it. Likes, however, are merely statistics. shares are real links. Shares bring more people to site than likes do. Along the same lines links from blogs and message boards/fora. To continue the high school analogy, a share is similar to being liked by someone who is popular. The more non-spammy links2 and traffic from them, the further up the search engine results we get, and the less freaked out I get about not being able to afford health insurance and having to pay for my meds myself because the only expensive, high-risk plan that will take me won’t cover them, which would force me to shut down the site because it makes too much money to qualify me for free meds (or anything else), but nowhere near what Medicare is worth3. As I make my living4 off of this site’s ad revenue, and more and more people are getting ad-blocking software installed5, I need to keep getting more and more people to see more and more pages just to keep up. Back on the statistics page I go into far too much detail about search page rankings and so forth. The higher up Crazy Meds is in the search results, the more people who land on it from search engines. Search engine traffic usually sends people to the wiki where they are more likely to click on ads6, and the ads usually pay more7.
I really don’t want to inundate Crazy Meds with ads from sources other than Google’s AdSense. The way things are going I might be forced to. I’m plummeting in the search results, sometimes meds completely vanish, but when you make a living off of the ad revenue from your site, not being in the top ten results is the equivalent of not being in the search results at all.
Now we’re in familiar, if head-bangingly frustrating territory. Sites that are already popular, like Wikipedia, Drugs.com, WebMD, RxList, are going to rate higher because they get more traffic. Recent graduates, and those who can remember what it was like, should recognize this as: “How can you get a job without experience, and how can you get experience without a job?” The answer to that is becoming
someone’s unpaid lackey the corporate equivalent of a slave an intern and being paid in experience and maybe even college credits. On teh interwebs you can buy ads, which I may have to do, although with my budget I doubt their efficacy. Hence my reliance on word-of-email, which has served me well for nine years, but now may not be enough. What really gets something happening is reaching some tipping point with crowds8 where everyone rushes to one site, making it one of, if not the place to go for information on some topic. The flipside of crowdsourcing is the madness of crowds.
If you’re some
Commie Owenite who thinks everything should be free idealist tired of seeing advertisements wherever you look and would like to support Crazy Meds without feeding our nascent self-aware Internet Overlord filling the coffers of this century’s robber barons supporting the new Microsoft contributing to Google, you can always buy a t-shirt or two, some mugs, stickers or other crappy merchandise, or various media we like, think will will be helpful, and even some of the books we use.9 Hell, I’ll even take the filthy lucre that is the source of all of Humanity’s problems; or cash money as they call it where I grew up. Send cash, check, money order, bearer bonds, used books, DVDs, CDs (anything I don’t want I can always exchange, sell or donate), or relatively recent medical journals10 to:
PO Box 271
Saint Regis MT 59866
your tinfoil hat is properly adjusted you wish to fuck with the NSA you prefer the immediacy and anonymity of PayPal, my e-mail address is jerod23 at, where else, g mail dot com. That’s:
As you may have noticed, the beg button is back. The Google search algorithm hates me now, and the medication pages no longer show up in the top 7 results. Hell, most of them don’t even show up in the top ten any more. With the forum’s activity, search engine traffic being what it is, increased use of ad blocking software, and most drug companies not liking my “unpredictable”11 stance, and thus not buying ads like they used to, we’re at the equivalent of coming in fourth at the Olympics: we need a lot more traffic to get the revenue to stay on the air12, yet the site doesn’t get the traffic it needs to make enough money to pay for the minimum amount of domain hosting horsepower required to handle the traffic it does get13.
To make life easier for those who click on the beg button…
Thanks for your contribution. It won’t be wasted on anything frivolous. Whenever I’m stressed about money I go into miser mode. Plus I can’t drink booze, smoke pot, or eat food I didn’t make myself, and I don’t go anywhere.
If you hit the beg button by accident, or realized it was either hypomania or the overlords of the 12 Zegnatronic Galaxies were just guilting you into donating, it’s OK. I know money is tight.
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1 Including the one near here, as it's part of a template. Sorry about the redundancy.
2 Please don't post links to Crazy Meds where they don't belong. It's one thing if it's in reply to a question someone asks about meds or conditions we cover in an off-topic thread on a site about exotic fish, it's something else entirely if someone goes around randomly posting links to this place on sites that have nothing to do with neurological or psychiatric conditions and treatments just because they think everyone should know about us. I already have enough trouble with ISPs sending Crazy Meds e-mail - along with e-mail from a personal account that has nothing to do with Crazy Meds - to the spam bucket because Crazy Meds is used in bogus, redirecting links. As is my name every now and then. My name and the site name are used in SEO spam, in spoofed e-mail addresses, and so forth.
3 About $1,300 a month. Social Security considers $1,050 a month to be enough to live off of. Which is a vast improvement over the $580 a month they thought you could live off of in 2004.
4 Really, this is my day job.
5 In 2004 - 2006 1.5% - 2.0% of the ads displayed were clicked on. From 2007 through March 2012 it was slightly over 1%. Today it's
just under -0.5% make that barely over 0.4%.
6 1 person in 150 who reads the wiki clicks on an ad vs. 1 person in 300 who reads the forum.
7 You're just going to have to take my word on this. I can't give you any details.
8 Which I may have had already in 2006. While I've been building steadily upon that surge of popularity, and even recovered from the disasters in 2007, this latest adjustment in what is probably no more that normal dip in the cyclical nature of any site's traffic and income, has come at a very bad time.
9 Honestly - I'd rather you spent that money at your local bookstore. The commission I make from the sale of one book is often a lot less than that of a single click on an ad.
10 I can really use medical journals. They need to be about psychiatric or neurological conditions and treatments, and I'd prefer ones less than 10 years old. Ask your doctor, or whoever runs or works the desk at your doctor's office, if they have any that would be otherwise thrown away.
11 Really, that is the word used to describe me when I was discussing the sale of this site a couple years back. Fearmongering they understand and can work with, because Big Pharma owns a big chunk of the supplement industry. So they can't deal with anti-quackery, vitamins-fix-everything articles that are on the same site with articles that highlight "freaky rare side effects." They don't like how I helped expose the lie that all generics are the same and the same as brand-name meds while I also give them shit for patent-extending tactics and how to tell if an Internet pharmacy promising meds from Canada or Europe is legit. I'm decidedly pro-med, but I'm against over-medicating (in spite of a five-med cocktail of my own). They can't get a read on me, and few people like such uncertainty.
12 Just think of Crazy Meds as being like your local publicly-funded, non-profit, "commercial-free" broadcast TV or radio station, only I call the ads "ads" and not "sponsorship messages." And if it allows me to exchange what I make off of it for food, shelter, meds, etc.. then it's a for-profit enterprise.
13 Unless I don't buy any meds, because none of the available insurance plans will pay for the ones that come close enough to working for me to exist.
Support Crazy Meds by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2012 Jerod Poore
Page Author: Jerod Poore Date created: 20 June 2012 Last edited by: JerodPoore on 2013–12–05
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All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on the Crazy Meds Forum.
The information on Crazy Meds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else.
Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away.
Crazy Meds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
All brand names of the drugs listed in this site are the trademarks of the companies named on the PI/SPC sheet associated with the medication, sometimes on the pages about the drugs, even though those companies may have been acquired by other companies who may or may not be listed in this site by the time you read this. Or the rights to the drug were sold to another company. And any or all of the companies involved may have changed their names.
Crazy Meds is optimized for the browser you’re not using on the platform you wish you had. Between you and me, it all looks a lot cleaner using Safari or Chrome, although more than half of the visitors to this site use either Safari or Internet Explorer, so I’m doing my best to make things look nice for IE as well. I’m using Firefox and running Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazy Meds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazy Meds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality.
‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore
1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazy Meds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]