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Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Problem Marriages #2–Rescue Marriages

January 1, 2012
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It probably seemed pretty clear how the first problem marriage structure, of the over- and under-functioning spouses, could lead to marital stress–although  many of these couples stay together for the long-term. The second ‘problem marriage,’ in my view, though, is that of the rescue marriage, and oftentimes it’s harder for people to see the problem with […]

Getting Taken to the Cleaners, the Poorhouse, or Worse–to Jail

December 12, 2011
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As much as your friends and family would love to protect you, it’s really your own job to avoid being betrayed financially, as you’re the one who has all the clues. Be your own detective regarding financially improper or criminal behavior. But how do you read those clues, and what should you be looking for? […]

Schizophrenia: If a Disease Falls in a No-App World, Does It Exist

July 25, 2014
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There’s nothing like a creative mental health app to make a mental health writer happy, especially an app-addict. As far as I’m concerned, any illness can be monitored and improved by shopping at the App Store and finding an application just meant to ease the suffering. I’ve always been able to find and purchase not […]

Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014
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My father has a phenomenal memory. Truly out of this world. For example, he remembers the 10 best meals he ever ate (Meal #1: Zalacain in Madrid, 1971, he and my mother, Young Pigeon Salad with Apple Vinegar). About 15 years ago, when I still lived in NJ, I picked him up at Newark Airport, obviously […]

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To–or How We Die

July 14, 2014
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Kelly had been a real touchy-feely all her life, so her choice about how she wanted to go surprised me–but, as I reminded her distraught daughters, it was her choice that mattered. It’s become trendy nowadays to make our last days into something of a memorial smorgasborg. We’re encouraged to write poems to our grandkids, […]

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“Antidepressant Nation”: Stats and Infographic

July 9, 2014
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No class of drugs can beat prescription painkillers for the sheer quantity of prescriptions written, but the meds that place second and third have nothing to be ashamed of. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the second most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. (just think Lipitor, best-selling drug ever) and. . .drum roll, please. . .. […]

Understanding Fear: What Are Phobias and How Common Are They?

June 16, 2014
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Did you ever notice that when it rains it pours? Well around here it’s been raining infographics like cats and dogs. For real–it takes the two of us who run this blog to fend them off at times. It’s not that the ones we don’t choose to run (and, hard as it may be for […]

May Is Borderline Personality Awareness Month

May 12, 2014
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The 4-year-old child spills the cereal on the floor when trying to put some in his own bowl.  The mother’s response: “I told you not to take cereal yourself! No one listens to me. I’m a piece of garbage!” Storming, she jams the bowl, the cereal box, and everything else on the table, and then […]

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