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The Math Behind My Depression and Alcoholism

As of this minute, the Census estimates the population at 310,477,719.
Researchers believe that in any given year, ten percent of the population will suffer from a major depression. That's 31,047,771 million suffering Americans.
Researchers also estimate that about 12 percent of the population has alcoholism. That's 37,257,326 Americans with alcoholism.
Combined, that is 68,305,097 American with alcoholism or in a major depression.
For every person with a mental illness there will be...
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The Fort Hood massacre: Secondary PTSD or Jihad?

It is naive to believe that people will respond to stressful events in exactly the same way. Actually, it is stupid. Which is why I am slightly ticked off this morning by an opinion piece written by the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer.

In it, Krauthammer, a psychiatrist who has not practiced for decades, slams those of us who believe what he skeptically calls "Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," "Vicarious Traumatization" or "Compassion Fatigue". The Army calls it "Provider Fatigue."

Krauthammer scoffs...
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Welcome. Glad you made it.

Hello. My name is Christine and I am mentally ill.

I have depression, a form of bipolar called hypomania and I am a recovering alcoholic with 10 years of sobriety.   I am also an investigative reporter, a single-mother, dog-owner and coupon clipper. I have a mortgage, a teenage daughter, a job, credit cards, a gym membership and a load of laundry that needs to be folded.

I am 50 years old and I prefer to call my gray...
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