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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 […]

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

December 9, 2013 by

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“Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain. . .As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter sitting between our ears. . .Now is the time to reach a level of research and […]

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 […]

They Actually Did It: Your Mental Health Care Benefits? Same as for Physical Care. Fancy That.

November 8, 2013 by

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The truth is that if you have a TV or radio, or you get a newspaper, you hardly need me to run through this again for you. But just in case you missed the headline news, or felt too blue to go out and pick up the paper from the driveway, or–and this is as […]

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 Schizophrenics in Ibadan do better

October 21, 2013 by

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So you might remember–and if you don’t, welcome to my world–a post I recently did called “Schizophrenic? Consider life in Ibadan.”  To save pursuing the link, I’ll tell you how it turned out.  Despite the fact that ‘developed’ countries have it all over ‘developing’ ones in terms of access to psychotropic medications for schizophrenics–and the […]

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: […]

The government grooves to World Alzheimer’s Day. . .by starting over

September 21, 2013 by

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As you my recall, either from your own font of knowledge, or from our post on the 11th (with the rather uninspiring but fairly informative title “World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013) and Day (September 21),” in spite of the staggering numbers of people who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease (AD), national research money has lagged significantly […]

Schizophrenic? Consider life in Ibadan

September 13, 2013 by

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We’re not given choices over our suffering in life, but if I was given the option over where I would want be if I had to suffer from a mental illness, let’s just say that Kiribati would not be choice one. I’d rule out Chad, Myanmar, Eritrea, Bhutan–any country which people gently refer to as ‘impoverished,’ […]

The Unlettered Women Who Changed Mental Health Care Forever, Part of XX in Health

August 19, 2013 by

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Before I start, I’d like to thank Linda, for inviting us to help in kicking off XX in Health Week, an initiative of Rock Health, whose function, in its own words, is to “connect. . .and empower. . female visionaries to drive change in healthcare.” I can’t say I’m a visionary, and I’m not particularly […]

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