Monthly Archives: March 2012


Appearing “Young & Healthy” But Needing Psych Services | My Meds, My Self

An excellent post from Kaitlin Bell Barnett explaining why Health Care Reform (before the Supreme Court) and the individual  mandate matter to young people…. Since there is not much to do, from a layman’s perspective, except wait until June for … Continue reading


Children at risk for schizophrenia show disordered brain networks Wayne State finds

This is the kind of study that underscores what psychiatric epidemiology already tells us:  family history is the best predictor of risk for mental disorders. The details however are fascinating. To investigate brain networks, the researchers applied advanced analyses techniques … Continue reading

A Free Teleseminar: Writing Your Way Through Family History to Recovery

In this teleseminar I discuss with Linda Joy Myers, who is a psychotherapist and the president of the National Association of Memoir Writers how mental illness travels through families and the challenges and rewards of digging through family secrets to uncover the legacy that has shaped you and your mental health. Our conversation has lots to offer memoir writers and parents seeking strategies for family emotional resilience. Originally offered exclusively to NAMW members, it is available here for all, free.

The New New Genetics Gets Practical | Brain World

My new feature article in Brain World magazine…

Is there a gene that leads you down the path to debilitating depression only after the fourth hard knock comes along in your life? Is there another gene conferring a higher vulnerability for schizophrenia that gets triggered only if you become the victim of vicious bullying before the age of 8 or smoke too much pot in your teenage years? Can another version of a gene protect an abused child from extreme PTSD only if she receives the benefit of a safe and caring relationship before the age of 5? A new wave of gene-environment interaction (GxE) research strongly suggests that the answers to these questions are scientifically attainable—and affirmative.

To read more follow this link:

The New New Genetics Gets Practical | Brain World.


Oh no…Cell phone use in pregnancy linked to ADHD, mouse study suggests

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I’m sure I’m not the only one whose jaw dropped on reading this headline. In fact, I’ve waited a couple of days to post about the Yale study behind it because I find its implications so potentially huge, and I … Continue reading


For Better Learning, Failure Is An Option | Psych Central News

Why we need to make failure a friend (and not the enemy)…and then show children how to bounce back and use their failures constructively. I know my younger son, who struggles with anxiety, had particular trouble with this. He’d sit … Continue reading


Margaret Spinelli, M.D.: Antidepressant Treatment During Pregnancy

A balanced, informed perspective if you’re searching for some sanity on this issue….There is considerable evidence that the decision not to prescribe antidepressants to a woman who is depressed (or likely to have a recurrence of a depression) during pregnancy … Continue reading


On Huff Post…Guilt: My Last, Worst Addiction

I’d just told [my son’s psychiatrist] that I was a 43-year-old single mother of two sons, that I worked as a freelance TV writer and I was in fine health. Of course I didn’t say I’d been depressed for as … Continue reading


Vets’ mental health may be sold short | City Brights: Winston Chung | an blog

This psychiatrist writing in SF Chronicle reports on issues possibly behind the Afghan massacre headlines… Whether it’s for states’ mental health budgets, hospital psychiatric services, or even financing a suicide barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge, many are reluctant to … Continue reading


Classes teach first aid for mental health –

Beautiful, practical and lifesaving! Check out this great trend in preventive mental health care. It’s called mental health first aid. And while the classes are not yet nearly as common as traditional first aid courses — the kind you take … Continue reading