Browsing All Posts filed under »Financial Challenges«

The Costs of Job Stress

October 9, 2014 by


One of our followers, Julia Smith, offered to share with our readers the following charming blog on the effects of work and college stress, and I thought everyone might enjoy what for us is a breather.  Have “fun.” Image compliments of Top 10 Online Colleges  

Getting Taken to the Cleaners, the Poorhouse, or Worse–to Jail

August 1, 2014 by


As much as your friends and family would love to protect you, it’s really your own job to avoid being betrayed financially, as you’re the one who has all the clues. Be your own detective regarding financially improper or criminal behavior. But how do you read those clues, and what should you be looking for? […]

“More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health:” Chicago’s Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

May 23, 2014 by


“The largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois is the Cook County Jail.” ~ Tom Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thus Tom Dart welcomes you to the largest mental health facility in the state of Illinois–Cook County jail. Just last month, on April 30th, 2012, Chicago closed the last 4 of the 6 mental […]

The Damage of a Long Commute–Putting Your Life in Danger?

May 11, 2014 by


I have a pretty good commute, all things considered. I have to move myself from my upstairs, down one–possibly two, depending on where I am at the moment–flights, propel myself around a corner, open a door, and deposit myself on my chair.It’s got a lot going for it–particularly in the winter when I don’t have […]

No More Monkeys Jumping On This Bed: Few Psych Meds Coming Our Way

June 16, 2013 by


There’s nothing wrong with the size of the field. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in four adults in America suffers from a diagnosable mental order in any given year. And there’s not been much to complain about the profitability of the field in past years either. Take 2009: Next Generation […]

The Patent at Any Price: The Fight For Market Exclusivity in Psychiatric Medications

July 16, 2012 by


Hidden in a small blurb in the “Corporate Watch” section of this week’s Wall Street Journal was a piece on pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and its blockbuster antidepressant medication Cymbalta. Lilly’s U.S. market exclusivity for the drug was set to expire in June of 2013, according to the patent. Once that exclusivity expires, generics can […]

It Pays to Be a Boy–and a Radiologist

July 5, 2012 by


I think my readers have guessed by now that I like my research down and dirty. From journals with high impact factors, with lots of statistics and graphs, and a whole lot of talk about confidence intervals and “p greater than 0.05.” But there’s something elegant about a survey where you ask people how much […]

What’s A College Education Worth? Just Ask Congress

May 18, 2012 by


A college education is clearly worth something in the minds of politicians these days, as President Obama’s roast of Mitt Romney made clear. At the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where hilarity ((perhaps not our president’s greatest strength) is called for and expected, Mr. President made a point of noting the difference between his college accomplishments–and […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am; The Numbers Don’t Lie: Not Servicing the Mentally Ill

May 16, 2012 by


“New York’s Riker’s Island, Chicago’s Cook County Jail and the Los  Angeles County Jail are the largest mental health institutions in the  nation. . . 15 percent of the inmates of those three  jails are mentally ill, making penal institutions — not hospitals —  the three largest U.S. mental health institutions.” ~ 2010 UPI Report […]

It Just Isn’t Worth That Much: Paying For Mental Illness Prevention

May 15, 2012 by


“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” ~ Warren Buffett If Warren Buffet, probably one of very few men in financial history with even remote islands asking him for economic help, tells me I get good bang for my buck, I’m tempted to believe him. Or at least in areas where it makes sense. It’s […]

A Kindler, Gentler Psychiatrist

May 10, 2012 by


Dr. Dilip Jeste is what we would call a high-achiever. For starters, he’s published 11 books, which I suppose is child’s play, but over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals. My guess is that he writes ‘over’ because by the time you reach 500 or so, you’ve really lost count. In fact, for good measure, he’s in the Institute […]

How to Succeed In Business Without. . .Social Skills? Forget it!

May 6, 2012 by


“85% of your social and financial success in life is determined by your social and communication skills” ~ The Dale Carnegie Foundation Do you remember when psychologist Daniel Goleman made a big splash in 1995 by publishing his groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence, which would spend more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller […]