Breaking the Glass
Friday September 28, 2018

Breaking the Glass

The most iconic moment of a Jewish wedding follows many beautiful and symbolic prayers and gestures that culminate in the much anticipated crescendo when the couple standing before their community break a glass – stomping on it and shattering it to pieces. It is then that their marriage is sealed. But marriage is a time […]

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An Easy Fast
Friday September 21, 2018

An Easy Fast

This week was Yom Kippur, the holiest of holy days for the Jewish people. It’s really big. Even those who don’t go to services regularly throughout the year take themselves to synagogue on Yom Kippur. It is the last day of the 10 Days of Awe. The Day of Atonement. A day for reflection and […]

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A Life's Work
Friday September 14, 2018

A Life's Work

Two kids grow up in the same home or same neighborhood. How is it that only one develops major depression? One kid grows up exposed to violence the other not. Who is more prone to anxiety? Poverty? Loss? Education? What do such circumstances and experiences mean for risk of mental illness? These are the kinds of questions […]

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Friday September 7, 2018

"Wow! That's about all I can say - Wow!"

When I had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine with Project Kesher, I found myself recalling the magical children’s book by Kevin Henkes, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. The lovable Lilly is so awed by the world around her that many times her only words are, “Wow! That’s about all I can say –  Wow!” Project Kesher is […]

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Just for Fun
Friday August 31, 2018

Just for Fun

My first research assistant position was with Professor Catherine Garvey in the Psychology Department at Johns Hopkins University. It was all fun and games. Literally. Professor Garvey was a world expert on play. Traditionally, we have described play as an activity that we pursue for its intrinsicenjoyment and recreation rather than for any serious or practical purpose. But lest you […]

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If Truth isn't Truth, What about Lies?
Friday August 24, 2018

If Truth isn't Truth, What about Lies?

This week, the media went wild with commentary on Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s Meet the Press statement that “truth isn’t truth.” Giuliani’s jaunt into philosophizing about truth was highly impolitic, especially given the situation, but possibly not incorrect. And his assertion set me to ponder the science and psychology of telling the truth and its obverse, lying, […]

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Lyme Disease and Mental Health
Friday August 17, 2018

Lyme Disease and Mental Health

Ah! The joys of summer – sun, vacation, bike riding, swimming and hiking. All good things for our mental health. Generally. The thing is that lots of animals love this time of year, including ticks. And where there are ticks, there is Lyme Disease. The black-legged tick is the only organism that can transmit Borrelia […]

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What about Dorothea Dix?
Friday August 10, 2018

What about Dorothea Dix?

Last night five dear friends came over for dinner. We laughed; we told stories. We talked politics and kids in alternating breaths. We ran through summer plans, college drop-offs and future adventures and before we knew it, midnight struck. It was an evening filled with joy created by the strength of connection and community. Dorothea […]

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The Bright Future of Mental Health
Friday August 3, 2018

The Bright Future of Mental Health

While doom and gloom dominate much of the mental health and mental illness landscape, there is a crop of next-generation young adults demonstrating a brighter future. It is true that we have a broken mental health system in the US and in many countries, and dying by suicide is a tragic outcome for too many […]

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Guru Purnima
Friday July 27, 2018

Guru Purnima

For all the teachers out there, take note. Today is Guru Purnima in India, Nepal and other countries where Buddhism and Jainism are infused in the fabric of society. It is a day devoted to celebrating and honoring our teachers, our mentors, our gurus. Observed on the day of the full moon (Purnima) in the […]

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