Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Wanna Be Sedated

Lately I’ve been wondering a lot about Valium. Somehow people in the 50s and 60s took this Wonder Drug and still FUNCTIONED, and it’s fascinating to me.

They didn’t act like alcoholics, who get mean or run into things with their cars or pass out during a PTA meeting or wake up totally non-functional.

They didn’t act like other drug addicts, who have all kinds of problems with finding a vein to shoot up in or whatever. Sorry, but my drug lingo isn’t that great.

They didn’t act like people on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs, who get about 57 fun side effects (can’t sleep, sleep all day, don’t want sex, want sex all day, can’t eat, want to eat all day, act stupid, act mean, etc.) and are often STILL messed up.

I definitely need to do some research on Valium. Can you take it pregnant? Can you take it nursing? Does it just make you a little dull or does it knock you out? Raggedy, you should know something about this one ... you are a cool 60s-type chick!!! I thought my mom would know more, but she disappointed me :-)

Here’s your assignment for the day: leave me a comment with everything you know about Valium.


  1. My mother took valium back in the day. I don't remember much about it. I know she still occasionally takes a "nerve" pill for stressful times(like flying).

    I don't think you can take it pregnant but hey, who knows? I wonder...my nerves are shot...lol..just kidding...a little rescue remedie and I'm good.


  2. I hate to disappoint but I don't think I have ever had Valium. But I think my Mom may have popped a few in her day. She and I both suffer from an inability to turn our brains off for even a second unlike my sweet hubby who can enter a sort of computer sleep mode and stay there for long periods of time. I have to say that my dentist gives me a small pill when he works on me that makes me feel kind and happy with the world but then the next day I have no memory of feeling kind and happy or anything else that happened during the day. When things get tough I like to hang out in the bathroom. It is usually the cleanest and most uncluttered room in the house, it is made for use by only one person at a time. Mine has reading material and fun lotions and potions. It is like a small get-away from life and maybe that makes it a little like Valium.

    The Raggedy Girl

  3. Valium? Isn't he the prince in Spaceballs who looks a lot like Jim J. Bullock?

  4. My cousin took it when she was younger and didn't know how to deal with her stress. SHe went off of it when she realized she was floating through her daughters childhood.

  5. ew. i don't want to NOT remember anything. i forgot about the Bach's natural rescue remedy ... but it gave me headaches.

  6. You are too funny! The title caught my eye as I JUST finished loading that song onto my ipod!


  7. I had to do a report on a Page from a book that told 50 's mothers how to get the home ready for hubbies return. Clean up put fresh make up on make sure there is nothing stressful for you Husband to deal with etc. etc. etc. I remember commenting that maybe if the Hubbies gave their wifes some help and apprication then maybe they wouldn't have had to turn to "Mother's Little Helper".


  8. ok counselor Chris can not leave this one alone! Yes many people who are medicated for depression and anxiety still have problems. But many people who take drugs to treat cancer or high blood pressure or chronic pain or acne (I could go ON and ON here) still have issues. Just because a drug does not completely cure a problem does not make it a bad thing. Sometimes when you have a debilitating medical condition (and YES, depression and anxiety are MEDICAL conditions)you take what you can and hope and pray for the best. No cause for ridicule or being compared to a drug addict!!!!!! So, be thankful for the gift of your mental health. And PS if you score some Valium, I'm in. :)


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