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Bullying’s Victims: Profile of Our Vulnerable Children. Oct. Is Bullying Prevention Month

October 15, 2014 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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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