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The Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Preparing for your doctor’s appointment before you go will ensure that you get the most out of every visit with your psychiatrist. Here are ten practical questions to ask: 1. What is my diagnosis and how did you come to that conclusion? This question ...

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Mourning Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger lived in Brooklyn with Michelle Williams and their daughter, Matilda, until they broke up and he moved to SoHo. His tragic death is a loss felt by fans everywhere. There is speculation that the death may have been a suicide. I wouldn’t e...

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An Interview with Andy

This month, I continue my “100 Individuals with Schizophrenia” interview series. Andy lives in Framingham, Massachusetts and is an In Our Own Voice presenter for NAMI-Massachusetts. CB: First off, how old are you and when were you diagnosed? AS: I’m ...

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Happy Holidays

Three years ago on Thanksgiving my mother said something to me that set me off. Though I forget what it was, I remember that the comment triggered in me a long-buried feeling: “Nothing I do is ever good enough for her.” For all of us, even an ordinar...

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Disclosure: Is It a Do or a Don't?

Recently, I disclosed my illness by presenting the breakdown scene in my memoir to the members of my writing workshop. It was received warmly. I truly feel that if you’re at peace with what happened to you, and are comfortable in your skin, others wi...

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New Haldol Warning Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires new labeling on Johnson & Johnson’s Haldol (generic: Haloperidol) noting QT prolongation and Torsades de Pointes as serious side effects. A number of case reports indicated sudden death, most whe...

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The Center Cannot Hold

Photo by Will Vinet Photo by Will Vinet From the book flap: Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: She’s an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has managed to achieve this in spite of being ...

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Britney's Fall

Last night I retrieved an e-mail from my editor asking for an article on the ongoing fascination with celebrities and depression or other mental illnesses. I wanted to decline, yet I find the angle interesting. Amy Winehouse, a British singer, was qu...

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FDA Greenlights Risperdal for Kids and Teens

The FDA approved Risperdal for the treatment of schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder in kids and teens. Risperdal can now be prescribed for teens age 13 to 17 with schizophrenia, and for ages 10 to 17 for short-term (three-week) use with bipolar I dis...

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Goal-Setting for Beginners

In this blog entry, I’ll talk about setting and achieving goals. I’ll also inaugurate an online goals club so that we can check in with each other as we move toward our goals for 2008. What I’m writing about here are techniques that have worked for m...