Browsing All Posts filed under »Communication«

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 […]


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