Archive for the 'Brain Wellness' Category

THIS IS THE POWER OF CONVERSATION…

January 6th, 2018

Sarah Silverman may have been reading Celeste Headlee’s We Need To Talk. Via Mano Singham…

NEVER TRUST ANYONE WHO HAS THE ANSWERS…

August 12th, 2017

When I was an undergrad at Ohio University during the Reagan years, I learned never to date psychology students because they seemed to be focused on finding cures for what ailed them. Oliver Burkeman, writing in his weekly essay This column will change your life for The Guardian expands my epiphany to include the authors […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: XIV…

April 29th, 2017

I first, knowingly, encountered clinical depression in the early ’90s when a co-worker shared that she was taking Prozac so that she didn’t need to spend her lunch hours crying in her car parked at the back of the parking lot. Since then I’ve known quite a few people who suffer from Depression, some so […]

TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM GET SOME REST…

December 30th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I got a restful eight hours of sleep. If I get a solid six hours I’m ecstatic because most nights I hit five, maybe five-and-a-half hours and can then choose to either stare at the ceiling or get up and write. By mid-morning I’m drowsy and need a nap. […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

OUTSIDE IS WAY HEALTHIER THAN INSIDE…

October 19th, 2016

In addition to my daily early morning walks with Buster along the Cleveland Metroparks trail that passes adjacent to our backyard, I also spend time between students circling the campus at the high school where I teach. The primary goal is physical health, but I also recognize the mental health benefits of these walks. While […]

YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO BE HAPPY…

March 2nd, 2015

The blues are not depression. To a person not suffering from either, the difference can be hard to distinguish, and that is part of a problem in matters of brain wellness. This year marks the 20th birthday of a medical paper making this argument, and it’s worth dusting off, not least as an antidote to […]

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK…

August 26th, 2014

I recently posted a question on my Facebook page asking people who’d suffered from depression to describe what it felt like so that those who’d never experienced it could understand it better. Here were the [50] responses: Depression is seeing no future, and no answer for any of the problems in your life. When you […]

CAN BE DANGEROUS, MIGHT WORK, MIGHT NOT…

June 26th, 2014

At the Children’s Hospital Colorado, doctors have reported cases of children who have gotten worse on Charlotte’s Web, and, in some cases, gone into intensive care units. Kim Clark says that dozens of families have had to give up the Charlotte’s Web treatment and move back home because it was either too expensive or didn’t […]

LARKS VS. OWLS…

June 17th, 2014

In your 20s it’s more acceptable to leave a party because you want to eat a kebab rather than because you want to go to bed. In fact, it’s better to be leaving a party to steal your neighbour’s Amazon deliveries than to admit to being too tired to stay out. Because going to bed […]

THE VIEW FROM THE INSIDE…

June 16th, 2014

From the moment I entered the insane ward on the island I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted the crazier I was thought to be by all except […]

LEAPING BACKWARD 127 YEARS…

June 16th, 2014

I thought the top front-page story in Saturday’s Marietta Times was spot on. So much so that I’ll be checking this week for a similar course here in Cuyaghoga County because I think such training will benefit me both as a citizen and as a professional. The comment exchange below perfectly illustrates the challenge our […]

HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY…?

May 30th, 2014

The Series: America’s mental health: a crisis in care… Our mental health system is a non-system – and a dysfunctional non-system at that. The evidence is everywhere that things have been getting worse – more and more Americans with mental illness are stranded in emergency rooms, for example, and simply for want of hospital beds. […]

WHO YOU GOIN’ TO CALL…?

May 30th, 2014

The Series: America’s mental health: a crisis in care… [T]he essential first step of looking for a therapist is not as simple as picking and choosing from dozens of insurance company-trusted doctors. Private insurers are known for providing listings of in-network therapists that include mental health clinicians who are, for any number of other reasons, […]

THANK YOU PRESIDENT RONALD WILSON REAGAN…

May 29th, 2014

The Series: America’s mental health: a crisis in care… the man running the largest mental health institution in the United States is not a doctor. He did not major in psychiatry, nor did he spend his formative years studying bipolar disorder or working with schizophrenics. That man is me, a history major turned lawyer who […]

WHERE WILL YOU SLEEP TONIGHT…?

May 29th, 2014

The Series: America’s mental health: a crisis in care… At any given time, there may be a few hundred homeless people in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, huddling under the overpasses from the persistent Washington rain. It’s a familiar place for Geraldine, who has spent the past 20 years caring for her 38-year-old son, who is […]