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Archives for October, 2012


Hurricane Sandy: Picking Up The Pieces

Downed Tree from Hurricane Sandy

New York City has been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We're here, safe, thank God, grateful that our little corner of NYC hasn't been hit as hard as some others. (Just some downed trees).

So far, 34 people have lost their lives in this disaster. Many people have been injured, are without power, or have lost their homes.

Last night a friend called, frantic: A man who had refused...
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Hurricane Preparations: A Personal Survival Kit

Hurricane Sandy Over Cuba ()

We're getting ready for the approaching hurricane, Sandy.

In my informal poll of coworkers and friends, I found that many of us view storms as kind of thrilling.

Of course, if you've ever been caught in a hurricane or another dangerous natural event, you'd probably disagree vehemently with those who find approaching storms "exciting in a good way"—you'd say they are frightening and deadly and exciting in a bad...
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We Celebrate A Reader: Connie

Today we Celebrate A Reader but this post could also be called Lessons From A Reader.

Connie is a Therapy Soup reader who has a powerful story to tell. In fact, she has so much to talk about that she writes two blogs. On A Road Less Traveled she blogs about a variety of topics, from therapy, books that have made a difference in her life, music, and more.

On Loving From the Inside Out she blogs...
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A Descent Into Madness

writes: When I read this piece, Things Fall Apart: My Descent Into Madness, a woman's experience with mental illness, which began when she was a girl, I paused, and read it again.

The language of the title is a clue: This personal story is set in a place and time where pop culture holds little sway; the family and school life of a religious Jewish girl from a couple of decades ago.

I found 
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Do Psychiatric Medications Really Work?

You may not have heard about this from your psychiatrist, but the debate on whether or not psychiatric medications help mental illness is still quietly raging.

I've seen stunning improvements of symptoms in people with mental illness who take their prescribed medication; I also have seen medications improperly prescribed and over or under-prescribed. In some cases even highly-effective medications cause severe side-effects, have no effect at all  or even worsen symptoms in some...
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Policy and Advocacy

Time To Toss The Tube?


In the News: The Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and now the British Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, as well as others are ratcheting up the warnings about the dangers of television-watching, computer gazing, and video games, in children of any age, but especially under three years old.

I was in a waiting room today and the requisite super-sized TV was hanging on the wall blaring...
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Don’t Let Online Comments Get You Down

Like most bloggers we take a serious interest in your comments. There's been a lot of positive feedback, thoughtful criticism, and interesting debates. And very occasionally we've found the

Mostly though, a large number of your comments (and emails) have inspired us to explore new topics on Therapy Soup. And for that we are grateful.

Perhaps the most powerful experience for us (and maybe other PsychCentral bloggers) is watching how your comments create connections, communities...
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