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Does Your Holiday Family Event Make You Itch?

December 5, 2013 by


Well, you made it through Thanksgivukkah.  But don’t relax yet; the big season of joy is coming up fast. Being with your extended family can make you squirm, either due to their direct questions or simply as a results of the difference between your life situation and that of the larger group. If something important […]

Bullying’s Victims: Profile of Our Vulnerable Children

October 17, 2013 by


A story of injustice mixed with justice hit the news yesterday. A Florida sheriff arrested 2 girls (ages 14 and 12) for cyberbullying. Their victim, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete factory.  The Facebook entry from her torturer: “Yes, IK I bullied her Rebecca and she killed herself and IDGAF” […]

Smartphone = Smart Healthcare Infographic

September 27, 2012 by


I just love it when two interests of mine coincide–and I don’t even have to read an advanced ‘Results’ section of a paper [remember: it's all okay if p is greater than 0.05, right?] to get to the crux of an issue. I’m a softie for infographics [you might have noticed], with a strong interest in the […]

Poetry: Off the Beaten Path

August 21, 2012 by


A friend attended a well-known residential program for bipolar disorder, and what was one of the therapeutic offerings, bless my English-major heart, but a poetry group? So I got to thinking. . . I love poetry [I didn't have to think hard for that]–is it possible it has medicinal powers? [I have of course begun a […]

Fending off Forgetting: Pillboxie

July 17, 2012 by


Managing medications is a difficult endeavor. I’ve come up with this brilliant little solution: When I wake up and take my morning meds, I then throw them, so I’ll know I’ve taken them. I throw the ones I won’t need again into my pill basket (or I try to, I’ll never make it as a quarterback), and […]

Woefully Unprepared: America and the the Mental Health Needs of the Elderly

July 14, 2012 by


“The burden of mental illness and substance abuse disorders in older adults in the United States borders on a crisis.” ~ Dr. Dan Blazer, Duke University Stating the obvious can be a particularly irritating habit. Exclamations of “it’s hot!” when the temperature reached 103 in Chicago last week lacked a certain originality.  Sharing the sure-to-be-true warning “you’ll […]

Curing Your ‘Internet Addiction’–Via. . .Internet Apps? It’s No Joke.

July 13, 2012 by


When I came across apps for what people were calling ‘Internet addiction,’ I thought I had slid down the rabbit hole. Treating addiction to computer technology with computer technology? It sounded–let’s just say ‘off.’ But we must know the mantra by now: There’s always an app for that–even too much app. Now, the Internet addiction these apps treat isn’t […]

“MHealth in Mobile Apps” Weekly

July 12, 2012 by


Check out the “MHealth in Mobile Apps” Weekly, with the week’s round-up on what’s new and upcoming in the world of mobile health apps. This week’s topics range from an instant anatomy heart lectures app available on the Android to an interview with the VP of Weight Watchers about self-tracking for all to a new […]

Forget the Ambien and Prozac–Just Put Away Your Cell Phone, Part II

July 12, 2012 by


Perhaps you’ll recall from our last post (with the same clever title as this, only a ‘Part I ‘ in place of ‘Part II,’ as these things go) the following: –>Young adults ages 20-24 are heavy information and communication technology (ICT) users. –>According to self-reports, mental health and sleep have  deteriorated, and stress has increased among […]

Forget the Ambien and Prozac–Just Put Away Your Cell Phone, Part I

July 11, 2012 by


It strikes me as fairly incomprehensible  how attached people are to their mobile phones–even in our family, which is of course a bastion of mental health. We’ve got one family member who sleeps with hers, one who watches sports games under the table during meal times–as if no one could notice, one who can pass […]

Technology Applications and the Fast-Moving Elderly: The Facts on the Ground

June 29, 2012 by


In 2011, nearly 80 million Baby Boomers turned 65, earning themselves the official title of ‘senior citizens.’ I’m not a huge fan of this title, myself, but there’s a lot to go with aging that has real positives, so I’ve turned the other cheek. Additionally, the image of the doddering elderly person, cut off from […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part I

June 18, 2012 by


“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” ~ Arnold J. Toynbee Suicide is the ultimate expression of abandonment of hope, of an inability to see a better future, of the experience of agony too great to suffer a moment more. It is a death that comes when  the spirit has gone before it. And I’d […]


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