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Archives for February, 2011

General

Suicide Prevention: The NRA, AMA and a Question of Guns

Once again, in the words of the philosopher Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit emergency room doctors, psychiatrists and pediatricians from asking patients  if they own or have access to a gun. Doctors would face stiff fines: $10,000 for the first offense; at least $25,000 for the second offense and up to $100,000 for the third offense.

I'm not making this up. In fact, on Tuesday the...
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Bipolar

Bipolar Depression: What Goes Up…

I heard one of the saddest and most profound descriptions of rapid cycling  over the weekend.

"I was afraid to be happy because I knew what happened after happy."

Can you imagine living like that? That is what it is like when you know your illness so well - you have lived it for so very, very long - that you know when the roller coaster gets to the top it will come down, fast...
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Bipolar

If You Can Identify Just One Teen’s Depression…

There are not many parties and social functions I attend that I can stand around and talk about having alcoholism and bipolar II and not have people politely excuse themselves to use the restroom, get another drink, call their kids, eat or walk the dog.

Especially in Palm Beach, where cracking one's own finely polished and cosmetically altered reputation is verboten. Especially at a charity fundraiser at a swank restaurant in Palm Beach attended by some...
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