Gut Feelings
Friday January 12, 2018

Gut Feelings

Over 2500 years ago, Hippocrates declared, “All diseases begin in the gut.” All? Doubtful.  Some? For sure.  Mental illness? Maybe.   Modern science suggests that the gut and the brain are more intimately connected than we ever imagined. And rapidly advancing research on the gut microbiome suggests that the little creatures in our intestines may directly […]

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Hundred Acre Wood
Friday January 5, 2018

Hundred Acre Wood

Lots of people flew to sandy Caribbean beaches or snowy alpine resorts for the holidays. Those in the southern hemisphere didn’t have to travel far for warm, sunny and leisurely days. I stayed home and enjoyed the quiet of the holidays with family, friends, snow, and cold. One afternoon, I curled up on the couch […]

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A Year of Five on Fridays
Friday December 29, 2017

A Year of Five on Fridays

Dear Readers, From post-operative depression to the opioid epidemic to the wild nature of adolescence; from Peru to Geel to Nigeria; from living to 103 and dying of a broken heart, we have covered a lot of ground in our musings on mental health this year. Thank you for opening your minds and imaginations to […]

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Psychology 101 with Santa and Friends
Friday December 22, 2017

Psychology 101 with Santa and Friends

Christmas is replete with mythical characters. These beloved personages speak to fundamental psychological ideas and ideals – embodying how we think, what we value, and why we feel certain ways. Not simply delightful imaginings for children, Santa and friends are among the most beloved teachers of Psychology 101.   So what can Santa and friends […]

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Why I light Hanukkah Candles
Friday December 15, 2017

Why I light Hanukkah Candles

In the northern hemisphere, daylight has been dwindling and next week, December 21st, will mark the winter solstice. In my hometown of New York City, we will have almost six fewer hours of daylight than we had around the summer solstice in June. Enveloped in cold and darkness, it’s no coincidence that this time of […]

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When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes
Friday December 8, 2017

When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes

Optical illusions are a form of magic show. Part of the delight is that we know we are being fooled. In an optical illusion, the visual information somehow tricks the brain. We know it. We are fascinated by it. All in good fun. But what about the images we see that play with our brains […]

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Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films
Friday December 1, 2017

Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films

1 in 4. That’s the statistic for how many of us will have a mental illness over the course of our lifetimes – sometimes fleeting, sometimes enduring, always significant. At that rate, if it’s not ourselves, it will be a parent, sibling, partner, child, friend or colleague. Some of us will carry the diagnosis and […]

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Thanksgiving is about Community; Community is about Mental Health
Friday November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving is about Community; Community is about Mental Health

From the Pilgrims and American Indians to our present-day gatherings of family and friends, Thanksgiving has always ultimately been about community. And community is at the heart of what elevates the human condition. As we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I was humbled by the joyful gathering of four generations at my home – from three grandparents […]

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More than a Bowl of Soup
Friday November 17, 2017

More than a Bowl of Soup

I love Thanksgiving. I love the colors of fall, the crisp air and blue skies, and the Macy’s Day Parade – for which I will be a garden gnome this year in case you are watching!  I love that it is always on a Thursday, turning a workday into a holiday into a long-weekend every […]

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#FearlessSquad
Friday November 10, 2017

#FearlessSquad

Earthquakes, mass shootings, Zika virus… The world can feel like a pretty scary place sometimes, especially when we are feeling vulnerable in our personal lives. In fact, we are hardwired to experience fear, and if we didn’t know fear, we would be in serious trouble (same with pain). When does fear serve us? And when […]

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