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Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Suitcases from an insane asylum tell of lives long lost
These suitcases bore the names of former patients. Inside were their long-forgotten possessions: snapshots, diaries, postcards, books, letters, news clippings. For Williams, finding these suitcases was the equivalent of stumbling upon a buried chest of gold. "You'd open these suitcases, and you could so clearly sense and feel a personality and a humanity," he recalls. He didn't know it at the time, but these dusty trunks would change the course of his life, sparking a mission that would stretch on for the next nine yearsfirst to uncover the stories of the suitcases' owners, and then to present them to the public. Read the rest of the article at the Village Voice.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Diabetes Risk
The American Diabetes Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity joined forces in a statement published in the February issue of Diabetes Care. Read more about the risk...
Friday, January 23, 2004
The trials of getting a newspaper article published
For reasons they seem unwilling to disclose, they have refused publication of the article. I don't get it. If I were editor of that newspaper and a local professional wrote such an article, I'd gladly accept it. Why not? It provides timely information to the community about a disorder that affects a good percentage of northern residents every year at this time.
Thankfully, the Internet has become the true free press, publishing for the people, by the people. I reach at least 20x the readership of my local newspaper every week, so I certainly wasn't looking to expand my readership. I was just trying to give a little something back to my local community where I live, that's all. I still don't understand why it has to be so difficult. Apparently some people believe that there must always be some ulterior motive for one's actions... It's a sad, cynical world we live in if that's the case.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Century of research confirms impact of psychosocial factors on health
Why sleeping on it just might work
If you're a business....
Monday, January 19, 2004
Harris Poll: Source article
Men underdiagnosed victims of depression
For most folks, seasonal "blahs" give way to a sunnier outlook. But, if depression persists for longer than a few weeks, it may be a medical problem.
Men are under-diagnosed victims of depression. The U.S.-based National Institute of Mental Health says depression affects twice as many women as men, but men are much less likely to talk about it or seek help. "Men may not recognize their irritability, sleep problems, loss of interest in work or hobbies, and withdrawal as signs of depression," according to an NIMH release. Read the rest of this article about men and depression...
How TV Affects Your Child
Poll: Internet use grows to 69 percent of US adults
Internet use among adults is growing constantly, Harris Interactive said, noting that the figure had risen from 67 percent in 2002, 64 percent in 2001, and 56 percent in 1999. The first poll taken, in 1995, found that only nine percent -- some 17.5 million people -- said they used the Internet.
The poll found that most Internet use -- some 61 percent -- occurs at home, while 31 percent ocurrs at work. The biggest change was seen in users of high-speed Internet -- 37 percent of users, compared with 22 percent two years ago.
Internet users spend at least nine hours a week on the web compared with seven hours in late 2002. Some 93 percent of users gave their ages at less than 65 years, and 60 percent were university students.
The telephone poll, taken last November and December, surveyed 2,033 people aged above 18 years.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Docs Say They're Ill Prepared to Spot Mental Problems in Teens
Only half of the doctors said they always make a point of asking adolescent patients about their emotional well-being during exams. And three of four admitted they weren't very good at detecting drug abuse.
Another cold one here in New England
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Death of Civility and Tradition
Today, something got me up in arms that I would rarely otherwise think about. It has to do with cell phones and driving. I try not to talk too much on a cell phone when I'm driving, and if doing so, pull over into a parking lot or ensure that I'm on an interstate and stay in the right-hand lane with cruise control on to keep distractions at a minimum. I've never thought much about people who talk incessantly on their cell phones, driving, eating, when they go off in the office and the person's in a meeting (but didn't have the common courtesy to either turn it off before leaving their desk or take it with them). Whatever.
But there is a limit to all of this. And this limit was crossed today when I attended the funeral of my wife's last remaining grandmother. She passed earlier in the week and the funeral was early this morning. We had to drive to the cemetary as is tradition, across Cambridge. Our procession was relatively small, only about a dozen or so cars. It is tradition and a sign of respect for the dead and the grieving to follow a few simple rules when you come across a funeral procession. One, you don't cut into the procession, no matter what. It's that simple. You don't try and get in front of it unless you have the room to do so. And quite simply, you show some common courtesy, decency, and respect for the dead. This transcends all races, religions, and cultures.
So today, in what was no more than a 20 minute drive across Cambridge, we had two drivers who tried to cut into our small procession, both oblivious to what they were doing because they were too busy talking on their cell phones. We honked at them to no avail. At a red light, the funeral director got out of the lead car and walked back to the one vehicle and asked him to get out of the procession (and luckily, he complied). The second guy was trying to cut in front of the procession by making a left-hand turn at a light from the straight thru-lane. Of course he didn't make it and looked frustrated that he had to wait all of 1 minute to let us go by. He too seemed oblivious to what he had done because he too was too busy talking on his cell phone to notice it was a funeral procession.
People, it's time to pay attention again to the world around you when you drive, especially in crowded, hectic city streets. Put down the darned cell phone, especially when you're driving in such an area, and look around you and drive defensively. These kinds of behaviors, which are a simple result of inattention and perhaps, disrespect, are going a long way to making our society less civilized and less enjoyable to live in. No one wants their funeral to be treated light-heartedly or shown disrespect. So please, take it easy. Slow down. And enjoy the life you have while you still have it to enjoy.
New study shatters Internet 'geek' image
The findings of the first World Internet Project report present an image of the average Netizen that contrasts with the stereotype of the loner "geek" who spends hours of his free time on the Internet and rarely engages with the real world.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Transition to Adulthood Delayed, Marriage and Family Postponed, Study Finds
The study finds that young people in the second half of the 20th century are traveling more pathways after finishing high school, combining more roles, exploring more options and gaining more education to prepare for an increasingly demanding labor force than did adolescents in the earlier half of the century. As a result, they are delaying but not abandoning marriage and family.
Even Modest Exercise Can Prevent Weight Gain
The researchers said that their study provides the first scientific basis for a "more is better" approach to exercise. The 30 minutes of daily walking is the equivalent of 10 to 12 miles of walking each week, the researchers said, adding that for most sedentary people, this amount of exercise will offset the slow and incremental weight gain of inactivity.
Tips for Safe Online Dating
Friday, January 9, 2004
Largest multistate study finds end-of-life care still 'woefully inadequate'
Friendships play key role in suicidal thoughts of girls, but not boys
Research reveals brain has biological mechanism to block unwanted memories
The findings, to be published Jan. 9 in the journal Science, reinforce Sigmund Freud's controversial century-old thesis about the existence of voluntary memory suppression.
"The big news is that we've shown how the human brain blocks an unwanted memory, that there is such a mechanism and it has a biological basis," said Stanford psychology Professor John Gabrieli, a co-author of the paper.
Welcome to 2004!
Friday, December 19, 2003
A new essay for the holidays
Read my latest essay, Finding Meaning in the Holidays and Christmas, and find your meaning again this holiday season.
Monday, December 8, 2003
Jokes activate same brain region as cocaine
A team at Stanford University in California asked lab mates, spouses and friends to select the wittiest newspaper cartoons from a portfolio. They showed the winning array to 16 volunteers while peering inside their heads by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Thursday, December 4, 2003
Holidays Reinforce Negative Self-Image
USA Today Discovers ADHD
Study Questions New Schizophrenia Drug
In addition to it being as effective as the older medication combination, the newer medication costs something on the order of 8000% more per dose!! Sometimes newer medications are definitely not better.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Dec 2008
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