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By Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Special to CNN
updated 11:54 AM EST, Wed January 30, 2013


Editor's note: Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman is professor and chair of psychiatry at Columbia University and the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association.


(CNN) -- It has been a long time since a Hollywood movie actually seemed like it could help people suffering from mental illness, their families and those who treat them.

That's why I'm so encouraged by the response to "Silver Linings Playbook," which has enjoyed wide critical support since its release last fall -- including eight Academy Award nominations -- and is attracting a large national audience. It is the first film I've seen in years that portrays mental illness in such natural and poignant terms.

The entertainment industry has made a lucrative habit of exploiting deranged behavior for ostensibly artistic purposes, and has a long history of stereotyping "crazy" characters as killers, stalkers or perverts and misrepresenting mental health care.


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 It’s difficult to ever know what’s going on in someone else’s mind, but when mental illness is at play, it’s nearly impossible.


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MUNCIE — A child having hallucinations, a wife who can’t get out of bed, a father who seems to get angry without provocation. It’s overwhelming, especially when you don’t know why - and are afraid to seek answers.

“Mental health issues are like the big elephant in the room in Delaware County. We all know people are struggling but we don’t want to talk about it,” said Christine LaFollette, a Muncie resident whose daughter suffers from severe depression. “We all want to believe nothing like that would exist in our family, but that’s so not true. People are suffering silently. It’s time to change that.”

To the outsider, the darkness of depression - the constant sleeping, the nonstop tears, the long gone belief that anything good can come out of life - may look more like laziness or “the blues” than a medically described illness.

“I wish we could call these illnesses brain diseases because it’s really about the wiring in the brain. There’s often nothing a person can do about this,” said Pat Bennett, a Muncie resident who has experienced mental health issues in her family. “We need to spend time talking about what’s happening and remove the stigma about mental health. The family often feels the stigma, too, but we need to be open about it.”


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Prior to becoming a psychologist, I was in the corporate world leading teams of people and becoming intimate, maybe too intimate, with being overwhelmed and feeling stress at work. In the many years that I've been working with people in the field of minfulness and psychotherapy, it appears that I'm not alone in that experience. Recently, I wrote a popular post called "One Minute to Stress Less," and now it's time to see how to make this now effect come alive at work.


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  By Elizabeth Svoboda, published on January 01, 2011 - last reviewed on January 17, 2012

Julie Spira isn’t just any writer. She bills herself as an expert on Internet dating and wrote a book called The Perils of Cyber-Dating. When, in 2005, she met The Doctor on an online dating site, Spira was positive she’d finally found The One. “He seemed very solid and close to his family,” Spira recalls. He made it clear on their first date that, after the end of a lengthy marriage and a year of serial dating, he was looking for an enduring relationship. “That was very appealing to me.”


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Created Dec 6 2011 - 10:55am

I remember reading somewhere that writer Anne Lamott thinks about herself in the third person, to take better care of herself: “I’m sorry, Anne Lamott can’t accept that invitation to speak; she’s finishing a book so needs to keep her schedule clear.”I find that often, the same trick helps me to be realistic about myself. "Gretchen gets frantic when she's really hungry, so she can't wait too long for dinner." "Gretchen needs some quiet time each day." "Gretchen really feels the cold, so she can't be outside for too long.

"Yes, I admit, this approach makes me sound a bit affected and self-important, but the thing is, it really works.


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New Year's Deadliest Day For Pedestrians: Drunk Walking As Lethal As Drunk Driving

Loyola physician warns of the perils of drunken walking at any time

Newswise  12/6/2011 — MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Drinking and driving is a much-publicized, dangerous combination, but is walking after drinking any safer?
"No, alcohol impairs your physical ability, period," says trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Esposito at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.
"Every movement ranging from driving a car to simply walking to the bathroom is compromised," Esposito said. "Alcohol impairs your judgment, reflexes and coordination. Alcohol is nothing more than a socially acceptable, over-the-counter stimulant/depressant and, especially during the holidays, alcohol is frequently abused."


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