Carter Symposium 25 yearsI’m attending the 25th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy today, and I’ll write more about the inspirational work this organization has been doing for 25 years shortly (not just in Georgia, but throughout the entire country). The people who are attending this symposium — as well as the Carter Center itself — have done much to improve mental health care in the U.S., but it’s not something you hear enough about. It’s heartening so many great minds coming together to share best practices and ideas for improvement (especially at this unique time in healthcare history). Not just policy wonks, but also physicians, mental health practitioners, administrators, consumers, CEOs, you name it — they’re all here. All talking about ways to improve people’s access to mental health care for common concerns like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and more.

In the meantime, I present to you some of the best postings from our blogs in the past week:

The Fort Hood Massacre: A disturbed psychiatrist, a gun and the reality of war

(Depression On My Mind) – I will go to my therapist’s office this afternoon. I will sit in the waiting room and read an old magazine. Another client will walk from a hallway that leads to my therapist’s office, pass through the waiting room and leave. My therapist will poke her head out, smile and …

Reclaiming Sexual Intimacy in Your Relationship

(Healing Together for Couples) – It takes more than just showing up to reclaim or renew a good sexual relationship. Would you just show up on the dance floor to dance the tango together? Apart from the fact that you may have no interest in the tango – probably not. To really dance, you …

Exploring the Upside of Depression

(Mindfulness and Psychotherapy) – Sharon Begley, science editor for Newsweek and author of The Plastic Mind: New science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves, just wrote an interesting article titled The Upside of Depression. In this article she reviews some recent research that basically flies in the face of the “Happiness” surge and says …

Are We Exploiting Daniel Johnston?

(Celebrity Psychings) – Out of those of you who weren’t familiar with Daniel Johnston when I told you about his performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last month, I’m willing to bet more than a few of you found him interesting (even if you read only my brief introduction to him). …

More Thoughts on Hurtful Family Relationships

(Family Mental Health) – Hello dear Family Mental Health readers. Due to an inclusion in an Everyday Health newsletter, my blog post Can You Step Away From a Hurtful Family Relationship? post got a tremendous response. If you are now a new reader because you saw that post and have come back for more…

Beyond Mindfulness

(Anxiety and OCD Exposed) – My wife, Dr. Smith, and I are big fans of mindfulness approaches to therapy and we’ve included discussions of mindfulness in most of our self help books within the For Dummies series (including Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies). In brief, Mindfulness is typically described as involving focused attention on experiences …

Bipolar Disorder Q & A: How Do I Tell My Doc, “This Isn’t Working?!”

(Bipolar Beat) – Garett Asks: “Five months ago, I was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. First I was on Depakote and then I told my doctor I was still having major problems with my sleep. I was always up and about knowing it was 3 o’clock in the morning. I told her about the …”

7 Signs Your Body Image Is Bruised (and 5 Solutions)

(Weightless) – In this day and age, it seems like a positive body image is a rarity. Whether you fit today’s skinny standards or wish you did, most women have issues with their bodies. Some may argue that bickering with one’s body is as old as time. We frequently hear friends and family lament about their thick thighs or pudgy middle. Personally, whether I’m with family or friends, an hour doesn’t go by without someone saying that they shouldn’t be eating that much, must skip dessert…



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