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How to Embrace Your Inner Crazy. . . .

December 16, 2013 by

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My mother is a woman of – how shall I say?–unusual tastes. It came to the point in jewelry that nothing sold in stores could really satisfy her. So she, a woman of many talents, took to making her own. And her necklaces and bracelets are, well, unusual. Some, truly unique, have larger plastic airplanes hanging […]

It’s time to stand up to the plate and help the mentally ill. You can start by. . . shopping.

December 2, 2013 by

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Truth be told, I was always a little unusual, even from way back when. I (and there’s no need to pass this on) actually liked school, and enjoyed doing my homework. I never enjoyed going out with big groups of friends, which also meant that parties were about as un-fun as could be, and I […]

Trends in Mental Disability Infographic

December 1, 2013 by

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I know, I know. I’ve really hit you over the head with some of these stats, you could recite ‘em in your sleep. Right, 1 in between 4 and 5 (it’s about 26.2%) Americans suffer from a mental illness in any given year, one in 17 will have the big SMI, serious mental illness, which […]

Good Cognitive Remediation Studies Are Hard To Find–Unless You’re Danish

November 25, 2013 by

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So you may recall from my mentioning in previous posts – and I most certainly hope you do not – that my ECT treatments combined with my bipolar disorder (BD) have left me, well – how do I say this nicely? – not the sharpest tool in the shed. I really didn’t know that having […]

Forgotten Children

November 21, 2013 by

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Did you know that, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in five American children suffers from a mental illness in any given year? And that, of those, nearly 5 million suffer from what they call ‘serious mental illness’ (it gets its own acronym, the catchy ‘SMI’), meaning that it significantly interferes with their day-to-day […]

Crisis on Campus: the Untold Story of Student Suicides {infographic}

November 18, 2013 by

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Much as we’d like to avoid the topic completely, it is hard not to come to terms with suicide.  It is particularly difficult to miss, since 30,000 Americans die from suicide every year, twice as many who die due to HIV/AIDS. Although I’ve written before that elderly white males are the highest risk group for suicide in […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, November 10-16, 2013: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

November 11, 2013 by

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So I’m running on the “better late than never” slogan here, I realize–I hope you’ll indulge me. Unlike most of the Awareness Months, Weeks, or Days I cover, Mental Health Awareness Week is a grassroots public education campaign–it wasn’t designated by the Senate, it isn’t supported by an organization that’s been around since the time […]

Do I Disgust You? The Visual Missed Cues of Bi-Polar Patients

November 1, 2013 by

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Did you ever get the feeling that someone didn’t like you? I mean–really, really didn’t like you, perhaps even saw you as beneath contempt? And–did you get that feeling before there was any interaction between you and the aforesaid person? Just, maybe, from a look on his or her face? Are you also, by chance, […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 7, 2013 by

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I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

After bunny massage and cocaine in birds comes a brain scan: Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression

September 30, 2013 by

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I don’t always trust the way the government uses its funds to research on health. If you ask me why all that negativity, I turn to you: Do these  studies look like good ways of using around a couple hundred thousand dollars of government money to you? Consider the National Institute of Mental Health’s study, “Octodon […]

But they TOLD me I was Bipolar: It seems the twain CAN meet, Part II

September 25, 2013 by

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Do you remember that I told you that bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia have been considered completely different illnesses for. . .well, pretty much forever? Until researchers started getting a look at people’s brains? And then it seemed possible–just possible–that these 2 illnesses might not be as fundamentally different as we’ve come to believe? (Hint: […]

But they TOLD me I was Bipolar: It seems the twain CAN meet, Part I

September 23, 2013 by

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Although there’s no reason to doubt that schizophrenia is as old as mankind, the name didn’t come into existence until 1910, when the Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler termed the illness such, with the Greek words schizo (split) and phren (mind) referring to the dissociation that is common in the illness. Bleuler was merely adding the ‘finishing […]

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