Wow, can you believe November is nearly gone while the Thanksgiving turkey is digesting in our stomachs? Neither can we, and so we bring you another installment of our occasional Friday Flashback.

10 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • Relationship Reprise: Don’t Forget Them
    As the holidays descend upon us, it may be a good time to remember what’s really important in life — our relationships with our friends, family and others, not things. Focus on those relationships, renew old ones, and do some relationship housekeeping to start the next year off right with the people that matter most in your life.

5 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • November 2003 Blog Entry
    Five years ago, I blogged on the finding that UCLA researchers find gingko biloba may help improve memory. More recent research published this week, however, suggests that gingko biloba has no impact in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. So it’s probably not helpful to take gingko just because you believe it’s warding off later-life dementia or such.

    It was also five years ago this month that Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for Massachusetts to allow for gay marriage.

1 Year Ago on Psych Central

  • The Power of Deception Online: The Megan Meier Story
    It was a year ago when 13 year old Megan Meier took her own life, after being teased by a fake persona on MySpace created by Lori Drew. Drew’s trial was underway last week, and The New York Times has an update. Drew was not charged in connection with Meier’s suicide, but rather with conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorization via interstate commerce to obtain information to inflict emotional distress. On Wednesday, Lori Drew was convicted on three misdemeanor charges. The jury rejected felony charges against Drew, and was deadlocked on a conspiracy count. With Drew’s successful conviction, perhaps it will send a warning to any online bully that such behavior can be prosecuted.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder or Just Plain Shy?
    I wrote about social anxiety disorder, a legitimate mental disorder that appears in the DSM-IV, which has unfortunately been increasingly diagnosed more and more, as more and more drug treatments coincidentally become available for it. While the argument could be made that since companies increase information about the disorder after a drug has been approved to treat it, it is simply an awareness effect. However, my more cynical brain suggests that it’s not only consumer awareness, but also physician awareness that results in far more prescriptions to treat the sometimes-questionable diagnosis of social anxiety disorder.