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National Suicide Prevention Week, May 17-23, 2015

May 17, 2015 by

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On Sunday begins the 41st Annual National Suicide Prevention Week. The American Association of Suicidology is behind the week, and I just love their mission statement, with absolutely no messing around: “The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.”  There you have it. They have entitled the mission of this […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week, May 11-17

November 15, 2014 by

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Today begins Mental Illness Awareness Week. Established by Congress in 1990 thanks to efforts by the tireless National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it occurs every year during the first week of October to raise awareness about mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2% of adult Americans (that’s a […]

Running For Your Life: Depression and Exercise

October 20, 2014 by

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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 the new poses I’ve learned in yoga, my recent switch from […]

If the Wife Takes an Antidepressant, is the Husband Protected From Suicide?

October 20, 2014 by

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About one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant these days. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data Brief, “Antidepressant Use in Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2005–2008,” shares some interesting statistics about how usage has grown, and who’s leading the charge. For example, Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 6, 2014 by

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I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression–Everything You Don’t Expect

August 29, 2014 by

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ECT, TMS, antidepressants, Ketamine–ever thought you’d heard of just about every way there is to treat depression? Well here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of: Sleep deprivation. That’s right: doctors have found that depriving patients of sleep can ease their symptomatology–and can do so faster than antidepressants. Ann Wirz-Justice, Ph.D, of the Chronobiology and […]

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

August 27, 2014 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 […]

Depressed Older Cancer Patients–What Prevents Better Care?

August 13, 2014 by

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“From 2010 to 2030, the total projected cancer incidence will increase by approximately 45%, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. This increase is driven by cancer diagnosed in older adults and minorities. A 67% increase in cancer incidence is anticipated for older adults, compared with an 11% increase for younger adults.” […]

Depression and Eating Right, or ‘The Twinkie Defense’

July 26, 2014 by

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I think we all, if we’re forced to fess up about it, have some sort of sense of what is better for us to eat, depressed or not depressed, and what is generally–how to put this delicately?–junk? I mean, if the foods you see below make up, say, 87% of your diet, we all have […]

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

May 23, 2014 by

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“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 […]

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

October 5, 2013 by

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  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 […]

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 […]