‘Why Are You Alive?’ The Role of Suicide Survivors

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Consider these statistics: One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, exceeding the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide is the second leading cause of death (globally) for people ages 15 – 29, the fifth leading cause of death among persons aged 30 […]

On Hating Yourself Less

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In her informative yet entertaining book, “Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself,” Anneli Rufus tells this story: Accepting his third annual Teacher of the Year award, Jeremy gazed out at an auditorium packed with wildly applauding children, parents, and colleagues. Silently he mourned. I was supposed to get my doctorate. I should be famous by […]

How to Quit Jealousy


When I was 11, I auditioned for a ballet school. Miss Jo, the founder of the program, and of The Dayton Ballet Company, came to the auditions and sat next to my mom. “Your daughter has beautifully arched feet,” she told my mom. “Although we wish all dancers had high arches, it will make it […]

Treating Bipolar Disorder After Childbirth


Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the […]

Is It Guilt or Shame?

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I started this column about guilt—why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that says I’ve been busted, just like I was with a bottle of vodka at band camp in high school. However, upon doing a […]

Can’t Decide? Leave It to Fate

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I know better than to say “everything happens for a reason” to the mom who has just learned of her daughter’s Leukemia, or to declare, “It was meant to be” to a girlfriend stuck in an abusive marriage. However, new researched published in “Psychological Science,” a journal of the Association of Psychological Science, suggests that […]

6 Tips For Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding


I do hereby confess that I exhibit symptoms of compulsive hoarding, especially when it comes to books, magazines, newspapers, or other tangible, often recyclable sources of information. I never know when I will need that reference book that I haven’t touched in 18 years, and I experience substantial anxiety whenever my husband attempts to throw […]

Mental Disorders in Mid-Life and Older Adulthood May Be Substantially More Prevalent Than Previously Reported


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans aged 65 years or older. Most of them have been experiencing episodes of depression throughout their lives. For others, depression has a first onset in late life—even persons in their 80s and 90s. However, those numbers—as […]

Does Everyone Lie?


I am at the post office with two boxes of heavy books. I can send them book rate, which is far cheaper than first class if there is no personal correspondence inside the box. “Is there a letter or any form of personal correspondence in any of these boxes?” the post office attendant behind the […]