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

October 6, 2014 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 […]

Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014 by

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My father has a phenomenal memory. Truly out of this world. For example, he remembers the 10 best meals he ever ate (Meal #1: Zalacain in Madrid, 1971, he and my mother, Young Pigeon Salad with Apple Vinegar). About 15 years ago, when I still lived in NJ, I picked him up at Newark Airport, obviously […]

May Is Borderline Personality Awareness Month

May 12, 2014 by

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The 4-year-old child spills the cereal on the floor when trying to put some in his own bowl.  The mother’s response: “I told you not to take cereal yourself! No one listens to me. I’m a piece of garbage!” Storming, she jams the bowl, the cereal box, and everything else on the table, and then […]

Looking For: A Little Good News, If I Can Remember It

April 30, 2014 by

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You know what I like? A little good news. It doesn’t really seem like all that much to ask. You know, just not the constant drumbeat of gloom and doom. But apparently ever since T.S. Eliot had the brilliant insight that April was the cruelest month, with all those lilacs breeding out of the dead […]

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 […]

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 […]

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