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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

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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 […]

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 […]

Not that, too! Anxiety can shorten your life. (Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day)

February 1, 2015 by

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Frankly, I’m anxious.  (I’m also Rhona.) I spent a good amount of time trying to think of a way to put it that involved less brutal honesty, perhaps some more word craft–a bit of extra verbiage that might distract from such an unpleasant truth. But, ‘sometimes I worry’ was definitely a bit shy of the […]

Healthy Weight Week–A Continuing Crisis

January 20, 2015 by

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Healthy Weight Week this year is January 19-23. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you believe that nearly […]

Teen-agers or Old-agers? Who’s More Likely to Suicide? International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 22, 2014 by

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It’s an unpleasant question, and it doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation, but if you were to ask who was the group in the U.S. most likely to suicide, you’d get a variety of answers. Had you asked my brother two weeks after the birth of his first child, he would have told you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014 by

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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 […]

‘Money Has Never Made Man Happy’: But. . .Therapy Has–Apparently 32X More Efficiently Than Money

July 10, 2014 by

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  “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin knew a lot on an extensively large variety of topics –and pretty much liked to tell everyone about it at any opportunity. […]

May Is Borderline Personality Awareness Month

May 12, 2014 by

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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 […]