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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interventions For Mourners–and Why Sometimes Research Can Be A Real Downer

August 11, 2014 by

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“Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.” ~William W. Watt I’m going to really go out on a limb here. Forthcoming: one of those big assumptions about humankind in general. Consider yourself  warned. Here it is: I don’t believe (you still with me?) […]

‘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 […]

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

May 11, 2014 by

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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 […]

Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online?

March 10, 2014 by

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You know how sometimes it really does strike you that suddenly, right in front of you, is an idea whose time has come? Like, I know not everyone took to this immediately and there was a lot of strum and drang, but when Copernicus discovered (or built on others’ discoveries) that the earth moved around […]

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

December 9, 2013 by

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“Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain. . .As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter sitting between our ears. . .Now is the time to reach a level of research and […]

Good Cognitive Remediation Studies Are Hard To Find–Unless You’re Danish

November 25, 2013 by

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So you may recall from my mentioning in previous posts – and I most certainly hope you do not – that my ECT treatments combined with my bipolar disorder (BD) have left me, well – how do I say this nicely? – not the sharpest tool in the shed. I really didn’t know that having […]

Do I Disgust You? The Visual Missed Cues of Bi-Polar Patients

November 1, 2013 by

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Did you ever get the feeling that someone didn’t like you? I mean–really, really didn’t like you, perhaps even saw you as beneath contempt? And–did you get that feeling before there was any interaction between you and the aforesaid person? Just, maybe, from a look on his or her face? Are you also, by chance, […]