Browsing All Posts filed under »Financial Challenges«

The Costs of Job Stress

July 9, 2013 by


I’m not saying that it isn’t a barrel of laughs to consistently discuss heavy, often depressing topics. We can all get our kicks out of mental illness,  complex medication mechanisms, ECT, failed drug trials–and insomnia, for a light day. But one of our followers, Julia Smith, offered to share with our readers the following charming blog on […]

No More Monkeys Jumping On This Bed: Few Psych Meds Coming Our Way

June 16, 2013 by


There’s nothing wrong with the size of the field. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in four adults in America suffers from a diagnosable mental order in any given year. And there’s not been much to complain about the profitability of the field in past years either. Take 2009: Next Generation […]

The Patent at Any Price: The Fight For Market Exclusivity in Psychiatric Medications

July 16, 2012 by


Hidden in a small blurb in the “Corporate Watch” section of this week’s Wall Street Journal was a piece on pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and its blockbuster antidepressant medication Cymbalta. Lilly’s U.S. market exclusivity for the drug was set to expire in June of 2013, according to the patent. Once that exclusivity expires, generics can […]

It Pays to Be a Boy–and a Radiologist

July 5, 2012 by


I think my readers have guessed by now that I like my research down and dirty. From journals with high impact factors, with lots of statistics and graphs, and a whole lot of talk about confidence intervals and “p greater than 0.05.” But there’s something elegant about a survey where you ask people how much […]

Ways to Follow-Up On ‘Criminalization of’ and ‘Not Servicing The Mentally Ill’: Just Click ‘N Sign

May 23, 2012 by


If you were concerned after reading “More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health,” or “Just the Facts, Ma’am; The Numbers Don’t Lie: Not Servicing the Mentally Ill,” or merely after keeping abreast of cuts in mental health funding across the country (and the globe, really)–and aren’t up for a full-scale anti-Nato-like protest, there […]

“More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health:” Chicago’s Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

May 23, 2012 by


“The largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois is the Cook County Jail.” ~ Tom Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thus Tom Dart welcomes you to the largest mental health facility in the state of Illinois–Cook County jail. Just last month, on April 30th, 2012, Chicago closed the last 4 of the 6 mental […]

What’s A College Education Worth? Just Ask Congress

May 18, 2012 by


You might remember that many moons ago I did several pieces on college education (the series that starts with, “When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future“), particularly from the perspective of whether parents should be obligated to pay for such. We addressed whether there was inherent value in attending […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am; The Numbers Don’t Lie: Not Servicing the Mentally Ill

May 16, 2012 by


“New York’s Riker’s Island, Chicago’s Cook County Jail and the Los  Angeles County Jail are the largest mental health institutions in the  nation. . . 15 percent of the inmates of those three  jails are mentally ill, making penal institutions — not hospitals —  the three largest U.S. mental health institutions.” ~ 2010 UPI Report […]

It Just Isn’t Worth That Much: Paying For Mental Illness Prevention

May 15, 2012 by


“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” ~ Warren Buffett If Warren Buffet, probably one of very few men in financial history with even remote islands asking him for economic help, tells me I get good bang for my buck, I’m tempted to believe him. Or at least in areas where it makes sense. It’s […]

The Damage of a Long Commute–Putting Your Life in Danger?

May 11, 2012 by


I have a pretty good commute, all things considered. I have to move myself from my upstairs, down one–possibly two, depending on where I am at the moment–flights, propel myself around a corner, open a door, and deposit myself on my chair.It’s got a lot going for it–particularly in the winter when I don’t have […]

A Kindler, Gentler Psychiatrist

May 10, 2012 by


Dr. Dilip Jeste is what we would call a high-achiever. For starters, he’s published 11 books, which I suppose is child’s play, but over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals. My guess is that he writes ‘over’ because by the time you reach 500 or so, you’ve really lost count. In fact, for good measure, he’s in the Institute […]

How to Succeed In Business Without. . .Social Skills? Forget it!

May 6, 2012 by


“85% of your social and financial success in life is determined by your social and communication skills” ~ The Dale Carnegie Foundation Do you remember when psychologist Daniel Goleman made a big splash in 1995 by publishing his groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence, which would spend more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller […]


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