Archives for May, 2011

Coping with Depression

Depression & Therapy: We’re Not Closing the Gender Gap

Ever had one of those moments where you realize you are not as enlightened as you thought you were?

I had one Sunday morning, reading a front page story in The New York Times, Need Therapy? A good man is hard to find. Seems the number  of male therapists is  dwindling. Only 10 percent of the members of the American Counseling Association are men, down from 30 percent in 1982. "Some college...
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Coping with Depression

Fatal Depression: Hope vs Physical Pain

One of my girlfriends called last night and left a message. I played it this morning. Her boyfriend killed himself. He was such a great guy. Probably one of the kindest, gentlest men I had ever known and equally manly - a commercial fisherman.

He was only in his 40s but his rheumatoid arthritis had gotten really bad over the last few years. He had an ankle replacement and picked up one of those...
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Mental Health Blog Party…Did You Read About My Antidepressants?

I am a newspaper reporter and I have been committing journalism for about 30 years. After covering everything from parades to executions, I now specialize in computer-assisted reporting - CAR. Sounds boring but when you consider that just about everything is now stored in a spreadsheet or database, it's how journalism is - or should be - done these days.

So, I acquire data, usually from government agencies, crunch numbers, look for trends and...
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Coping with Depression

Food, Booze and Depression

I went to a pot luck dinner on Saturday night at my gym. We all brought a dish from a nutritional program called the Paleo Diet. I had heard about the Paleo Diet but didn't really know much about it. We listened to a short presentation and I concluded that it basically consists of eating only foods that were available to cave men: meat, veggies, fruits and nuts. No bread. No dairy. No cappuccino. No beer or wine. However, Tequila is okay. (Hard...
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