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    Music to Our Ears

    GENIUS AND MADNESS: A Q&A A Conversation With Dr Richard Kogan Richard Kogan, MD, always draws a crowd, whether he is presenting one of his hugely popular lectures at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) or performing brilliantly on the concert stage. His insight into the psychopathology behind creative genius has resulted in a series of lectures on the great musical masters, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and, most recently, Chopin. Dr Kogan’s musical talent was recognized at an early age by his mother—a music teacher—and he started piano lessons at age 4. He went on to study piano at the Julliard School until age 18. However, rather…

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    Stan Collymore talking about his personal experiences of depression

    Stan Collymore talking about his personal experiences of depression Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) It’s 4:48am in the morning(Sat 26th Nov 2011),and i’m wide awake. I decided to tweet my own personal experience of my latest bout of Depression yesterday,and firstly wanted to thank the hundreds of messages from friends,journalists,mental health workers,doctors,and sufferers,as well as well wishers.It’s very humbling to read the stories of fellow sufferers,links to blogs,and general experiences of this awful illness.

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    Stress Less

    Stress Less Time slowed to a crawl as my little Nissan Sentra approached the BMW in front of me. With a pronounced crunch, one bumper smashed into another. The green metal hood scooted back, folding into a sharp crease near the windshield. As freeway traffic blazed by on both sides, my mind went blank. What do I do now?

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    Eating-disorder patients battle insurers over care

    Eating-disorder patients battle insurers over care When Jeanene Harlick’s weight dropped to 65 percent of normal, her doctors recommended the San Mateo woman go into an intensive residential treatment facility that specialized in treating anorexia and other eating disorders. But her health insurer, Blue Shield of California, refused to cover her care – not because it wasn’t considered medically necessary, but because her plan excluded coverage for residential treatment programs. Harlick spent almost 10 months in residential treatment, while her parents went hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to cover the cost.

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    Emotional Story-Telling after Stressful Experiences: A Way to Find Meaning

      Night by Elie Wiesel Dr Elie Wiesel, an American Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor of Eastern European descent is an internationally recognized writer, teacher, and scholar, who dedicated his life to raising awareness about the Holocaust and about the importance of actively speaking up against human rights violations and genocide, wherever in the world these may occur.

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    Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter

    Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter   For proof that rejection, exclusion, and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the living room, says Nathan Dewall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. “If you turn on the television set, and watch any reality TV program, most of them are about rejection and acceptance,” he says. The reason, DeWall says, is that acceptance — in romantic relationships, from friends, even from strangers — is absolutely fundamental to humans.

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    Mood And Experience: Life Comes At You

      Living through weddings or divorces, job losses and children’s triumphs, we sometimes feel better and sometimes feel worse. But, psychologists observe, we tend to drift back to a “set point”-a stable resting point, or baseline, in the mind’s level of contentment or unease. Research has shown that the set points for depression and anxiety are particularly stable over time. Why?

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    In Times of Outer-World Overload, Take an Inner Time-Out

    When I speak to people these days, I am struck by how overwhelmed and busy we are all feeling. It seems as though our responsibilities keep mounting, as do the constant inputs that can now reach us 24 hours a day, through emails, the Internet, our cell phones, Facebook messages and more. The combination of a sense of too much to do combined with too much coming at us can leave us feeling stressed and drained. I should know: with a new book out, two kids and all my work from my freelance writing career and running two web sites, my to-do list and email in-box seem endless. Creating balance…

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    Women’s Day: Fighting Stigma

    National Alliance on Mental Illness page printed from http://www.nami.org/(800) 950-NAMI; info@nami.org©2011   By Bob Carolla, Director of Media Relations In its May issue, Women’s Day magazine has published personal essays by three women living with different medical conditions who have confronted stigma resulting from their illness. It is a significant article that will reach a broad, influential audience. One essay, “I have bipolar disorder, and no, I’m not crazy,” is by NAMI member Heidi Nordin of Minnesota. The others involve AIDS and lung cancer. In each case, public attitudes often wrongly blame the illness on “personal weakness or poor lifestyle or moral choices.” Misinformation also plays “a huge role.”