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Small and Underfunded Can Win the Race; Teva Launches 1st Inhaled Antipsychotic

March 31, 2014 by

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Some people like their portions big. We have them to thank for the Big Mac, Bog’s Big Boy, the Burger King’s Triple Whopper Sandwich Meal, and Taco Bell’s Taco 12-Pack. When it comes to food, I’m all over that. But I like my most of the rest of my life small and manageable. You’ll never find me […]

Coping with S.A.D. and Seasonal Depression

March 24, 2014 by

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I cannot possibly be the only one with a dubious attitude toward matters of the “new” in health: new doctors, new drugs, and, especially, new diseases. I mean, when I was in the emergency room yet again–due solely to being female and having the appropriate parts–I was highly displeased to have the doctor walk in, […]

Of Illinois Politicians, Government Budget Woes, and Disappearing Medicare Drug Benefits

March 15, 2014 by

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I have always thought of Senator Dick Durban (D), the senior U.S. Senator in IL, as pretty much of a gentleman. In a state where four out of our last 7 governors have been convicted and imprisoned (the last one, one Rod Blagojevich, was convicted on 18 counts of corruptions–although my uncle to this day […]

Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online?

March 10, 2014 by

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You know how sometimes it really does strike you that suddenly, right in front of you, is an idea whose time has come? Like, I know not everyone took to this immediately and there was a lot of strum and drang, but when Copernicus discovered (or built on others’ discoveries) that the earth moved around […]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week–A Continuing Crisis

February 26, 2014 by

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year is February 23-March 1. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you […]

We Need You–Yes, You–Again

January 25, 2014 by

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It takes someone with a seriously high IQ to totally figure out Medicare. I mean, an Ivy League education failed to prepare me for the Part As, Part Bs, Secondaries, Supplementals, and–oddly missing a Part C, as far as I can tell–the Part Ds. If you have yet to encounter this system, my strong recommendation […]

Somebody important wants to hear from you. Yeah–you!

January 10, 2014 by

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For those of you who are New York Times devotees, this introduction I’m sure borders on the insulting, but I ask you to humor me for just a moment while I speak to those who might, perhaps, get their news from alternative sources. One of the Times‘ regular columnists–since 2001–is a Nicholas D. Kristof. You can find out […]

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 […]

Schizophrenia: If a Disease Falls in a No-App World, Does It Exist?

November 21, 2013 by

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There’s nothing like a creative mental health app to make a mental health writer happy, especially an app-addict. As far as I’m concerned, any illness can be monitored and improved by finding the perfect application to ease a specific illness’s suffering. For example, I’m headache-prone so I don’t just have one app to record my […]

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 […]

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