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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? […]

Pain Awareness Month– Estelle and Narcotics Anonymous

September 8, 2014
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Twenty years ago a woman we’ll call Estelle* came to my office for coaching. Estelle was 84 and had been living with chronic pain from two failed back surgeries she’d had years earlier.  She’d been on opioid pain medication since before the first operation. As with my other pain clients, I was struck by the […]

September is National Yoga Month

September 1, 2014
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Although yoga has been a trend for years, It is such a complex practice, that speaking in Sanscrit is only part of it.   Iyengar, Ashtanga, yin (which speaks Chinese, not Sanscrit)–hot yoga, power yoga, peace yoga, and more,  While it takes work to master, anyone can get started;  observe the photo: man attempting Warrior […]

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 […]

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