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Archives for April, 2012

Coping with Depression

April 25, 2006: The Day My Depression Ate Me

There are three dates I commemorate every year: December 18 - my birthday; August 27 - my sobriety date; and today April 25, - the date I slipped into my last - and hopefully final - major depression.

April 25 is the day the lights went out. That's how I describe it. Game over. Done. I had tried to keep it together but on the morning of April 25, 2006 but I bonked....
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Is Your Depression Making You Old?

More proof that our brains are connected to our bodies!

According to an April 9th article written by Shirley Wang in The Wall Street Journal, “people with long-term psychological stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder tend to develop earlier and more serious forms of physical illnesses.”

Recent research suggests that disorders commonly associated with aging appear earlier and in more serious forms in in people with depression and other mental disorders and it appears...
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Neuroimaging: The Ultimate Stigma-Buster

All brains are not created equal. We accept that our bodies - from the neck down - are different and have limitations because of those differences. But we seem to have a problem understanding that our brains are different and limited, too.

We do not expect Danny Devito to play basketball as well as  Jeremy Lin because Danny is vertically challenged. No matter how many spin classes you  go to, you body will never...
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When the System Collapses: The Horrific Case of Amy Kern

No one tried harder to prevent Amy Kern from hurting anyone than Amy Kern. No one listened the night she banged on the door of a mental hospital. In the day that followed, Amy Kern shot and killed a man she barely knew and bludgeoned and mutilated her grandmother so horribly that the local newspaper couldn't publish the details.

Yesterday, in a courtroom filled with livid relatives and a weeping Amy Kern, a judge...
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