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“And a one and a two. . .”: Exercise as a way to improve Alzheimer’s (World Alzheimer Awareness Day)

September 21, 2015 by


Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older write Casey, Antimisiaris, and O’Brien in their 2010 article in Pharmacy and Therapeutics, “Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease: Are They Effective?” I imagine everyone nows by no that the journey involves progressive cognitive loss and impairment until the […]

June is National Migraine Awareness Month

June 1, 2015 by


There’s no doubt that I’m the weak link in my family. Sometimes you have no choice in linguistic life but to turn to Yiddish to really say what you want to say. So I’m not going to use the word ‘kvetch’ just because everybody knows it (even if I might have tendencies), but rather, if […]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Startling Consequence of Early Abuse

October 27, 2014 by


Clearly growing up with abusive parents is no great shakes no matter how you look at it. Early abuse has been correlated with later-life depression, stunted brain development, anxiety, alcohol abuse–and I’m just getting started. But, even knowing how damaging early childhood abuse is, a study caught my eye that surprised me, and brought home […]

Dementia: A Growing Epidemic

February 17, 2014 by


Do you remember  when anyone exhibiting signs of dementia was simply said to have Alzheimer’s? Wait–kind of a heavy pause here.  What’s happening for me in this silence is the realization that to this very day, a significant minority, if not, in fact, the outright majority, of people still cannot differentiate between the two. I […]

WHY Schizophrenics in Ibadan do better

October 21, 2013 by


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 […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, October 5-11, 2014: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

October 5, 2013 by


  Unlike most of the Awareness Months, Weeks, or Days I cover, Mental Health Awareness Week is a grassroots public education campaign–it wasn’t designated by the Senate, it isn’t supported by an organization that’s been around since the time of King David, raising money since he, in his young shepherd incarnation, picked the jewels off […]

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

September 21, 2013 by


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 […]

September is National Pain Awareness Month

September 19, 2013 by


“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” (French physician Albert Schweitzer, 1931) You might have taken a look at the title of this post and thought, “An awareness month for pain? This whole ‘Awareness’ thing is getting out of control. Can just anyone have an Awareness day, week, or month?” […]

World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013) and Day (September 21)

September 11, 2013 by


September is World Alzheimer’s Month, only the second such observance ever. The idea is for organizations to run awareness-raising activities around the world for 30 days.  It’s true this Awareness Month is only a year old–a mere baby as far as “Awareness” months and weeks go-but it has so very much work to accomplish. For starters, let’s […]

Of stimulants, all-nighters, and Irish poetry

August 22, 2013 by


I distinctly remember my one all-nighter in college. In fact, when this infographic makes me think of using stimulants in college (a concept that occurred way after my time), I’m reminded of one of their original uses, which is to fight narcolepsy. I don’t have narcolepsy, but the idea of an attack of sleepiness brings […]

Is America a Nation of Java Junkies?

August 5, 2013 by


It is fair to say that there never was such a fuss and hullabaloo surrounding a psychiatric manual as there has been about the DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, put out by the (psychiatry loves initials) APA (American Psychiatric Association) in May 2013, a year and a bit behind […]

Mental Illness and Insurance

July 5, 2013 by


The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) just released  its annual report (these things take a while, apparently, given its date), entitled, “Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings.” There’s a lot–and I do mean a lot–worth reading there, but I found something astounding. Although it required […]