Mental Health in the Workplace
Friday October 13, 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace

From the basement work cubicle to the c-suite corner office, mental health problems are everywhere in the workplace. Hiding in plain sight, people generally suffer in secrecy and in silence. This past Tuesday, October 10th, was World Mental Health Day 2017 – and its focus this year was on mental health in the workplace – clearly an idea […]

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Las Vegas: 58/489
Friday October 6, 2017

Las Vegas: 58/489

The massacre that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday evening at the Route 91 Harvest Festival killed 58 people and injured 489 others. In and of itself, it is tragic. Placed in the larger context of violence in America, it is even more tragic. These instances trigger heated debates and finger pointing around gun control […]

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Shared Roots
Friday September 29, 2017

Shared Roots

Coinciding with the setting of the sun tonight, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar begins: Yom Kippur. It is a day of fasting, reflection and introspection. Metaphorically, within a 24 hour period, the gates will open or close and after fervent prayer, it will be decided who shall live and who shall die in […]

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Let Me Hear Your Voice
Friday September 22, 2017

Let Me Hear Your Voice

This past Tuesday, while millions of citizens in Mexico were going about their daily routine, another earthquake struck. This one registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, and as compared to the earthquake that struck the country just two weeks ago, Mexico City was hit hard this time. I was en route to the airport when […]

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Five Cool Mental Health Terms
Saturday September 16, 2017

Five Cool Mental Health Terms

Talking about our innermost thoughts and feelings can be challenging – at least in part because sometimes we can’t find the words. Well, it is the start of a new school year in the northern hemisphere, so in that spirit, here are five specialized terms to expand our mental health vocabulary. Coming to us from […]

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Mental Illness is a Family Affair
Friday September 8, 2017

Mental Illness is a Family Affair

We tend to think that mental illnesses affect individuals – with diagnoses and treatments focused on the person who is symptomatic. Necessary – but not sufficient. I dare say, the burden of mental illness always extends beyond the individual with the diagnosis. The authors of the books below speak this truth with moving accounts of […]

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Vacation
Friday September 1, 2017

Vacation

Cool, new start-ups have no restrictions on vacation – but they have no vacation policy either. The paradoxical effect is that people are taking less vacation rather than more, which is not good for our mental health. So, in defense of vacation, I am taking a few days this week to enjoy the following. Click on […]

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Solar Eclipse
Friday August 25, 2017

Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017. Brief but breathtaking. The sun and moon aligned just so. A solar eclipse that extended across the continental United States. Millions along the path of 100% totality, millions more seeing the partial eclipse. photo courtesy of Kelsey Clayman As I watched from my balcony, it occurred to me that this celestial drama was […]

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Happy 103rd Birthday, Lucy Ozarin!
Friday August 18, 2017

Happy 103rd Birthday, Lucy Ozarin!

Lucy Ozarin – one of the first women psychiatrists to serve in the Navy and one of only seven women psychiatrists to serve during World War II – turns 103 today! I had heard all kinds of superlatives about Lucy from my mother-in-law, but when I had the honor of actually meeting her a while […]

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Mentally Ill in Ancient Rome
Friday August 11, 2017

Mentally Ill in Ancient Rome

In the 1953 romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall crazy in love with each other and with Rome. They take us on a magical escapade from Trevi Fountain to the Mouth of Truth and the Coliseum. But you don’t have to be a disaffected princess to be awed by Rome. Even […]

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