Trauma victims highlighted in the Boston Globe

A lesson about ALL mental illness is contained in this golden nugget found in the Boston Globe, but of course that connection is not made in this article. Read this amazing excerpt from the piece: Trauma care For over 25 years, Harvard psychiatrists have helped and studied victims of many of the world's most devastating... Continue Reading →

Wealthy people suffering delusions of poverty

This is for real according to the New York Times today. As the economy dips precariously, people who still have a lot of means are freaking out. Again another piece that will hopefully spark discussion. What do you all think about this? I don't want to minimize anyone's suffering, but what does this say about our grossly materialistic insanely disproportionate wealth in this country?? And the people who seem to measure their sense of self only from what they own and their social status??

How Mother Found Her Helper: The story of America’s long infatuation with anti-anxiety drugs.

Interesting little history of how benzos became a hit in this nation in Newsweek from last week. It's really not a great article as far as I can tell but interesting nonetheless. It's an interview with Andrea Tone who wrote a book called The Age of Anxiety, which I don't think I agree with the... Continue Reading →

Initial Treatment With Placebo Not Harmful to Teens

From Medscape: Initial Treatment With Placebo Not Harmful to Teens Participating in Antidepressant Trials, Study Suggests January 30, 2009 — Initial treatment with placebo in teens participating in antidepressant trials is not harmful, and in fact, adolescents who receive placebo prior to active treatment fare as well as those who receive immediate active treatment, a... Continue Reading →

The most shocking thing about this video

Is that I realized I employ to the best of my ability the philosophy espoused in these quotes. Not to perfection. No, not by a long shot. But in my intentions this is how I choose to live. And that made me feel profoundly grateful. In this moment. Now. I am happy. That I am... Continue Reading →

Brief update—in search of homecare

Things continue to be rough with the Valium crossover. I stopped until I stabilized a few days ago and then cut by only .125 mg of Klonopin and added 2.5 mg of the corresponding equivalency of Valium. I've been pretty out of it again and I cut the dose of the exchange in half and... Continue Reading →

Silly song for good fun

Stolen from Marissa at Depression Introspection. I love these guys. If you haven't seen their HBO show it's available at Netflix. Some of the episodes are better than others but the first episode alone is worth buying the whole series. I was laughing hysterically. That to me is priceless. I believe that laughter is healing.... Continue Reading →

Bitter Pill—Rolling Stone magazine takes on the atypical antipsychotics

In a very long feature article in Rolling Stone journalist Ben Wallace-Wells delivers what is apparently a very critical look at neuroleptics and big pharma. I have not read it. I don't have the attention span right now. I'll get around to it when I can. I don't expect to learn anything new but we... Continue Reading →

Omega 3s always good for virtually everyone

Now a real study supporting the essential fatty acid for mood disturbances in menopausal women. The fact is this is an essential oil (read good, healthy, needed FAT). We can all benefit from supplementation of it because it no longer occurs in the food chain as much as it used to thanks to us messing... Continue Reading →

HealthCentral buys Wellsphere

Kevin MD reports that the disgustingly pro-pharma site HealthCentral has bought Wellsphere. I've long thought Wellsphere were slimebags for multiple reasons I've left in comments all over the blogosphere. Apparently a lot of other people do too according to Kevin: The medical blog aggregator WellSphere has been coming under fire for distributing blogger content without... Continue Reading →

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