Archives for December, 2012

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Guns and Mental Health: The Debate that Never Ends

The horrific details come first. Then we learn about the victims. Finally, we ask "Why?" That's they way these mass-shootings come at us.

Mass shootings have become so common that we know what to expect in the aftermath. There will be vigils and the inevitable debate about gun-control and mental health.  Over and over and over the taking heads on television tell us what we need to do. We need gun control, they tell us. We need more education and treatment for mental illness. Yada, yada, yada.

The massacre at Columbine High School was 13 years ago! Thirteen years and what has changed? I could go out this afternoon and buy an assault rifle. On the mental health front, we continue to stigmatize mental illness. We still ignore the profoundly mentally ill roaming our streets. We wash our hands of young adults with personality disorders and severe mental illnesses, telling their weary parents that it's their problem - not ours.

And then another mass shooting happens and we ask "Why?"

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Holiday cocktail for depression

Here is the perfect cocktail for depression: Stress; financial insecurity; family gatherings; that Feliz Navidad song playing endlessly in your head - and alcohol.

Welcome to the holidays. if you have depression you know you are just a few digs-from-the-in-laws away from losing it. Smothered by the goodwill and cheer we are supposed to feel, we sink. We drink. I used to take the edge off with spiked eggnog and champagne. I thought it would...
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