Browsing Archives of Author »Rhona Finkel«

How to Embrace Your Inner Crazy. . . .

December 16, 2013

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My mother is a woman of – how shall I say?–unusual tastes.   It came to the point in jewelry that nothing sold in stores could really satisfy her. So she, a woman of many talents, took to making her own. And her necklaces and bracelets are, well, unusual. Some, truly unique, have larger plastic airplanes […]

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

December 9, 2013

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“Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain. . .As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter sitting between our ears. . .Now is the time to reach a level of research and […]

It’s time to stand up to the plate and help the mentally ill. You can start by. . . shopping.

December 2, 2013

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Truth be told, I was always a little unusual, even from way back when. I (and there’s no need to pass this on) actually liked school, and enjoyed doing my homework. I never enjoyed going out with big groups of friends, which also meant that parties were about as un-fun as could be, and I […]

Trends in Mental Disability Infographic

December 1, 2013

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I know, I know. I’ve really hit you over the head with some of these stats, you could recite ‘em in your sleep. Right, 1 in between 4 and 5 (it’s about 26.2%) Americans suffer from a mental illness in any given year, one in 17 will have the big SMI, serious mental illness, which […]

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, […]

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