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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 […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, October 5-11, 2014: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

October 5, 2013 by

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  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 of King David, raising money since he, in his young shepherd incarnation, picked the jewels off […]

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 […]

Preparing for ECT: You CAN make a difference

August 25, 2013 by

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Preparing for ECT: You can make a difference Lest you try to discount my advice by thinking, “Wait a minute, that can’t happen to me. That gal’s off the charts!” I acknowledge–fully–that in the field of mental health I’ve spent much time as an outlier (although outliers, remember, are often stories of success–in other circumstances, I […]

One Big Not-So-Happy Family: Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

August 14, 2013 by

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I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news sources, blogs, videos—you name it. Some days, 5 out of 6 of the news stories […]

The Psychology of Disappointment

July 25, 2013 by

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If report cards and parent reports are to be believed, I’ve been a “hard worker” and “overachiever,” within a short time from exiting the womb. I think I sucked my thumb harder than most. I share this fascinating piece of information with you so that you understand how lucky my lucky break really is. As […]

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 15, 2013 by

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Yup it’s still Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In fact, I stand corrected. It is the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. And I have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve forgotten that–that to you it’s Cord Blood Awareness Blog Month, or International Group B Strep Awareness Month–or even Eye Injury Prevention Month–but within […]

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