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July 15, 2014

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11:04 AM | The Reality of Old Age – Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
As kids we all want to grow up but for about 1 child in 4 million, it’s a painful reality. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPF) is a rare genetic disorder determined […]

July 10, 2014

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10:35 PM | Research Suggests Holistic Exercise Can Help Dementia Patients
Do you know someone who suffers from dementia? Witnessing a loved one slowly lose their memory and reasoning skills can be a very painful experience. Dementia is a persistent syndrome that tends to get worse over time — affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. It is distinct from Alzheimer’s in that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease, […]

July 09, 2014

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2:00 PM | Flori-duh: Don’t bet on managed physical and mental health care for the poor
This month Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorders. This is remarkable because Florida is not known for its progressive and humane treatment of people with serious mental illnesses. In fact, Florida is the state that […]
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10:45 AM | 10 Things I Do Every Day to Beat Depression
From the moment my eyes open in the morning until the second that I pull my sleep mask over my face as I go to sleep, I am engaged in battle: I must protect myself with armor against ongoing negative intrusive thoughts that flood into my brain, while sending my prefrontal cortex — the home […]

July 07, 2014

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10:35 PM | Young Adults and Suicide
Suicide is a mental health problem affecting the lives of young adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites suicide to be the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. In order to prevent suicide of young adults, families need to talk about it. Suicide is a […]

July 03, 2014

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10:35 PM | You Are Not Alone in Your Diagnosis of Mental Illness
In the eight years I’ve lived with schizophrenia I’ve seen horrible days and I’ve seen days where the sun seemed to shine just right on my face and strike a certain happiness in my soul. Throughout every day, though, I’ve struggled with my thoughts. There isn’t a day that goes by where a bit of […]

June 26, 2014

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11:32 PM | The Dollars and Cents of Eating Disorders
I must admit that I cringe slightly every time I try to think about healthcare from an economics perspective. To me, this comes a little close to putting a dollar value on human beings, which feels uncomfortably post-humanistic to me. Nonetheless, there is no ignoring the ways in which economic concerns factor into policy decisions that drive our human services, including health care. There are also a number of pragmatic reasons for thinking about the costs associated with illnesses; talking in […]

Crow S (2014). The economics of eating disorder treatment., Current psychiatry reports, 16 (7) 454. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24817201

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11:32 PM | The Dollars and Cents of Eating Disorders
I must admit that I cringe slightly every time I try to think about healthcare from an economics perspective. To me, this comes a little close to putting a dollar value on human beings, which feels uncomfortably post-humanistic to me. Nonetheless, there is no ignoring the ways in which economic concerns factor into policy decisions that drive our human services, including health care. There are also a number of pragmatic reasons for thinking about the costs associated with illnesses; talking in […]

Crow S (2014). The economics of eating disorder treatment., Current psychiatry reports, 16 (7) 454. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24817201

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June 25, 2014

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3:45 PM | Defeating Depression with a Pill
There was literally a time when patients suffering from depression used to talk about their problems. But times have changed and now talk therapy is becoming a rarer form of treatment in favor of psychotropic drugs. A pair of studies, which ran from 1998 to 2007, tracked the use of antidepressants versus psychotherapy to treat […]
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