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Knitting up “the raveled sleave of care”: Sleep and Bipolar Disorder

January 31, 2012 by

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Sleep. I, for one, am a huge fan. I love that feeling of drifting off, right before my consciousness checks out, and I adore that well-rested feeling I have when I first open my eyes after a productively-slept night. [Those nights are becoming fewer and farther between as I age, but that's just another one […]

Of Bipolar Disorder, The Hippocampus, and The Return of the Exercise Fiend

January 30, 2012 by

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My mother highly valued intelligence, and her way of putting down someone she saw as sub-par in the smarts department was saying, “He’s no brain surgeon, I’ll tell you that.” But I, literally, am no brain surgeon, so to discuss this latest research I have to do one of those “let’s start at the very […]

Running For Your Life: How I View Depression and Exercise

January 28, 2012 by

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My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit. ~Phyllis Diller Unlike the lovely Ms. Diller, I love to exercise. It gets me going in the morning, it gives me energy throughout the day, it fights the ravages of age. I love it enough to want to talk about it–a lot. I like to discuss […]

Depression and Eating Right, or ‘The Twinkie Defense’–Part II

January 27, 2012 by

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So back to Dan White, the San Francisco city supervisor who had been let go–and had returned to plow bullets into Mayor George Moscone and his own supervisor, Harvey Milk. And how he got away with, well, murder. To make a complex story somewhat less so, White definitely did not see eye-to-eye with Milk, his […]

But I got here first!: How birth order can effect sibling roles

January 24, 2012 by

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I’m a bit of a softie for sibling roles in family dynamics, and although there are definite limits to the validity of utilizing birth order to explain behavioral and personality traits, some value yet remains. Older research asserted a variety of characteristics to various birth-ordered children. It ranges from the 1975 Wark, Swanson and Mack […]

The Family Hero, or “Morticia and the Psychiatrist”: Part I

January 22, 2012 by

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Remember the wondrously insane and macabre Addams family? (“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky/They’re all together ooky. . . .”) They were the anti-Partridge family, the inverse Brady Bunch, fabulously perverse, with two ghastly children, Wednesday (as in “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”), and her partner-in-crime Pugsley, whose unique hobby is stealing […]

The Family Hero, or “Morticia and the Psychiatrist”–Part II

January 21, 2012 by

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In his book, Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls, Robert Burney writes that “there are four basic roles that children adopt in order to survive growing up in emotionally dishonest, shame-based, dysfunctional family systems.” The children take these roles because they sense that the family’s dysfunction is so great, without their wearing the mantle of […]

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