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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Do You Pixar?
Friday July 20, 2018

Do You Pixar?

My son saw Incredibles 2 when it opened a few weeks ago. An instant box office hit, he declared it one of Pixar’s best on our family chat on his way home. His praise opened the floodgates to a flurry of texts ranking personal favorites and trading impassioned reviews. At an ever-accelerating pace, Pixar mania ensued. […]

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Friday the Thirteenth
Friday July 13, 2018

Friday the Thirteenth

Today is Friday the Thirteenth. Synonymous with bad luck, superstitions about the number thirteen are everywhere. Thirteen is so unlucky that in many hotels and apartment buildings, there is no room with the number 13 and no 13th floor. How did that happen? How is it that we, as humans, have this idea of good luck and bad […]

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When in Doubt, Serve
Friday July 6, 2018

When in Doubt, Serve

Wednesday was July 4th. Nowadays, it is a day for barbeques and fireworks. But its origins are rooted in celebrating the independence of Colonial America. The date is practically synonymous with liberty. But today – from traditional print to electronic tweets – we are bombarded with news of trade wars, rising sea levels, refugees languishing […]

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SCOTUS: What about Mental Illness?
Friday June 29, 2018

SCOTUS: What about Mental Illness?

This was a big week for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Not only did the Court rule on Trump v. Hawaii, also known as the “travel ban” case, but Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement effective July 31st. US Supreme Court Justices serve as the guardians and interpreters of the […]

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ICD-11 has arrived: Hello Gaming Disorder, Goodbye Gender Incongruence, and more...
Friday June 22, 2018

ICD-11 has arrived: Hello Gaming Disorder, Goodbye Gender Incongruence, and more...

The WHO has just released to the world the new International Classification of Diseases, the ICD-11. WHO has the unique mandate of working with 194 Member States around the world to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere, and the first essential step towards doing so is a classification system that can be used by all […]

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