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Does Your Holiday Family Event Make You Itch?

December 5, 2013 by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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 […]

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