Browsing Archives of Author »Rhona Finkel«

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 […]

“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. . .. […]

Looking For: A Little Good News, If I Can Remember It

April 30, 2014

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You know what I like? A little good news. It doesn’t really seem like all that much to ask. You know, just not the constant drumbeat of gloom and doom. But apparently ever since T.S. Eliot had the brilliant insight that April was the cruelest month, with all those lilacs breeding out of the dead […]

Stopping Suicide

April 28, 2014

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I know exactly what you’re thinking. I do. You’re saying to yourself, “Hey. It must have been at least 25 whole minutes since that blog has run an infographic one of their readers sent in. You think maybe Rhona’s actually going to write something again?” Well, go on and think until the cows come home. […]

Small and Underfunded Can Win the Race; Teva Launches 1st Inhaled Antipsychotic

March 31, 2014

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Some people like their portions big. We have them to thank for the Big Mac, Bog’s Big Boy, the Burger King’s Triple Whopper Sandwich Meal, and Taco Bell’s Taco 12-Pack. When it comes to food, I’m all over that. But I like my most of the rest of my life small and manageable. You’ll never find me […]

Coping with S.A.D. and Seasonal Depression

March 24, 2014

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I cannot possibly be the only one with a dubious attitude toward matters of the “new” in health: new doctors, new drugs, and, especially, new diseases. I mean, when I was in the emergency room yet again–due solely to being female and having the appropriate parts–I was highly displeased to have the doctor walk in, […]

Of Illinois Politicians, Government Budget Woes, and Disappearing Medicare Drug Benefits

March 15, 2014

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I have always thought of Senator Dick Durban (D), the senior U.S. Senator in IL, as pretty much of a gentleman. In a state where four out of our last 7 governors have been convicted and imprisoned (the last one, one Rod Blagojevich, was convicted on 18 counts of corruptions–although my uncle to this day […]

Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online?

March 10, 2014

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You know how sometimes it really does strike you that suddenly, right in front of you, is an idea whose time has come? Like, I know not everyone took to this immediately and there was a lot of strum and drang, but when Copernicus discovered (or built on others’ discoveries) that the earth moved around […]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week–A Continuing Crisis

February 26, 2014

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year is February 23-March 1. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you […]

Dementia: A Growing Epidemic

February 17, 2014

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Do you remember  when anyone exhibiting signs of dementia was simply said to have Alzheimer’s? Wait–kind of a heavy pause here.  What’s happening for me in this silence is the realization that to this very day, a significant minority, if not, in fact, the outright majority, of people still cannot differentiate between the two. I […]

We Need You–Yes, You–Again

January 25, 2014

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It takes someone with a seriously high IQ to totally figure out Medicare. I mean, an Ivy League education failed to prepare me for the Part As, Part Bs, Secondaries, Supplementals, and–oddly missing a Part C, as far as I can tell–the Part Ds. If you have yet to encounter this system, my strong recommendation […]

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