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

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… Continue Reading

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

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”… Continue Reading

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Preparing for ECT: You CAN make a difference

Preparing for ECT: You can make a difference Lest you try to discount my advice by thinking, “Wait a minute, that can’t happen to me. That gal’s off the charts!” I acknowledge–fully–that in the field of mental health I’ve spent much… Continue Reading

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The Unlettered Women Who Changed Mental Health Care Forever

Before I start, I’d like to thank Linda, for inviting us to help in kicking off XX in Health Week, an initiative of Rock Health, whose function, in its own words, is to “connect. . .and empower. . female visionaries… Continue Reading

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One Big Not-So-Happy Family: Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news… Continue Reading

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When the Alternative Just Looks Better: Bipolar and Medication Non-adherence

When the Alternative Just Looks Better: Bipolar and Medication Non-adherence Why would anyone choose an injection (getting to the medical office, waiting, waiting, more waiting, and then mild discomfort) over taking a daily pill? The simple answer: many folks can’t… Continue Reading

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Is America a Nation of Java Junkies?

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… Continue Reading

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Yup it’s still Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In fact, I stand corrected. It is the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. And I have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve forgotten that–that to you it’s Cord Blood Awareness… Continue Reading

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Third Time’s a Charm: Latuda Approved for Bipolar Depression

Having bipolar disorder isn’t exactly a kick. Now that it’s all the trend for famous people to have it, perhaps sufferers feel a bit better–but so often the names call up a manic hilarity. Think Jim Carey or Rowan Atkinson… Continue Reading

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Nothing new under the sun: Little new among psych meds in decades, Part II: The antipsychotics

“The data are in, and it is clear that . . .a[n] experiment has failed: despite decades of research and billions of dollars invested, not a single mechanistically novel drug has reached the psychiatric market in more than 30 years.”… Continue Reading