Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014
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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 […]

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To–or How We Die

July 14, 2014
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Kelly had been a real touchy-feely all her life, so her choice about how she wanted to go surprised me–but, as I reminded her distraught daughters, it was her choice that mattered. It’s become trendy nowadays to make our last days into something of a memorial smorgasborg. We’re encouraged to write poems to our grandkids, […]

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“Antidepressant Nation”: Stats and Infographic

July 9, 2014
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No class of drugs can beat prescription painkillers for the sheer quantity of prescriptions written, but the meds that place second and third have nothing to be ashamed of. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the second most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. (just think Lipitor, best-selling drug ever) and. . .drum roll, please. . .. […]

Understanding Fear: What Are Phobias and How Common Are They?

June 16, 2014
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Did you ever notice that when it rains it pours? Well around here it’s been raining infographics like cats and dogs. For real–it takes the two of us who run this blog to fend them off at times. It’s not that the ones we don’t choose to run (and, hard as it may be for […]

National Cancer Survivors Day–the Good, the Bad, and the Neutral

June 1, 2014
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There are only three possible outcomes after a major life event: things get worse, things get better, or things stay the same.  Once you’ve had cancer, it’s not too likely that your life will ever be the same.  OK, maybe with a tiny skin cancer.  But I mean the big, scary CANCER, where your existence […]

May Is Borderline Personality Awareness Month

May 12, 2014
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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
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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 […]

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