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Good Cognitive Remediation Studies Are Hard To Find–Unless You’re Danish

November 25, 2013

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So you may recall from my mentioning in previous posts – and I most certainly hope you do not – that my ECT treatments combined with my bipolar disorder (BD) have left me, well – how do I say this nicely? – not the sharpest tool in the shed. I really didn’t know that having […]

Forgotten Children

November 21, 2013

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Did you know that, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in five American children suffers from a mental illness in any given year? And that, of those, nearly 5 million suffer from what they call ‘serious mental illness’ (it gets its own acronym, the catchy ‘SMI’), meaning that it significantly interferes with their day-to-day […]

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

November 21, 2013

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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 finding the perfect application to ease a specific illness’s suffering. For example, I’m headache-prone so I don’t just have one app to record my […]

Crisis on Campus: the Untold Story of Student Suicides {infographic}

November 18, 2013

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Much as we’d like to avoid the topic completely, it is hard not to come to terms with suicide.  It is particularly difficult to miss, since 30,000 Americans die from suicide every year, twice as many who die due to HIV/AIDS. Although I’ve written before that elderly white males are the highest risk group for suicide in […]

National Prematurity Awareness Month and Day

November 14, 2013

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My oldest niece is the closest I ever came to having a child of my own. I do fully understand that you can never truly grasp what it’s like to have a child until you do, indeed, have one, but if all it took was a love so deep and wide that the famous Spanish […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, November 10-16, 2013: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

November 11, 2013

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So I’m running on the “better late than never” slogan here, I realize–I hope you’ll indulge me. Unlike most of the Awareness Months, Weeks, or Days I cover, Mental Health Awareness Week is a grassroots public education campaign–it wasn’t designated by the Senate, it isn’t supported by an organization that’s been around since the time […]

They Actually Did It: Your Mental Health Care Benefits? Same as for Physical Care. Fancy That.

November 8, 2013

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The truth is that if you have a TV or radio, or you get a newspaper, you hardly need me to run through this again for you. But just in case you missed the headline news, or felt too blue to go out and pick up the paper from the driveway, or–and this is as […]

Do I Disgust You? The Visual Missed Cues of Bi-Polar Patients

November 1, 2013

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Did you ever get the feeling that someone didn’t like you? I mean–really, really didn’t like you, perhaps even saw you as beneath contempt? And–did you get that feeling before there was any interaction between you and the aforesaid person? Just, maybe, from a look on his or her face? Are you also, by chance, […]

October is “Talk About Prescriptions” Month

October 23, 2013

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When seeing the “Talk About Prescriptions” title of the month, some people (translation: almost anyone who knows me) get a little nervous. Talking about MY prescriptions with me could be a rather lengthy and uninteresting conversation. However, having to listen to your treatment-resistant mood – disordered spouse’s or sibling’s cocktails is not at all what […]

WHY Schizophrenics in Ibadan do better

October 21, 2013

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So you might remember–and if you don’t, welcome to my world–a post I recently did called “Schizophrenic? Consider life in Ibadan.”  To save pursuing the link, I’ll tell you how it turned out.  Despite the fact that ‘developed’ countries have it all over ‘developing’ ones in terms of access to psychotropic medications for schizophrenics–and the […]

Media Hype: “Wonder Drugs” and Other Bridges For Sale

October 14, 2013

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I suppose it’d be nice to think we could trust the media when it came to presenting medical issues. Although, come to think of it, it’s kind of hard to trust them on all that much else [think: "The government is full of vampires, and they are trying to suck the lifeblood out of the economy."--From […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 7, 2013

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I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

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