Eating disorders come in a bunch of new flavors these days. The DSM V (the newest version of the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders) offers an expanded menu, compared to our earlier choices of anorexia, bulemia, binge eating disorder, or the old DSM IV option, NOS (Not Otherwise Specified). The following diagnoses will surprised […]
Author Archive | Dr. Candida Abrahamson, Ph.D.
Another May, another Mental Health Awareness Month. Have we made any progress since the last Awareness month? Well, not much. There are even fewer hospitals with ever fewer services. The U.S. now has the same number of state psychiatric beds proportional to the population as we had in 1850: 14 beds per 100,000 people. From 2010 […]
More money is wagered on March Madness than on the Superbowl–an expected $9 billion this year. Perhaps that’s why March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Betting on March Madness, or other office pools throughout the year, is socially acceptable. More than that; it’s cool, trendy, and sociable. And that’s true even though the “professional gamblers” […]
I come from a tiny family. It was small to begin with, and deaths of young members shrunk it even more. I’m not used to the boisterous hugging, fighting, yelling, acting out at large family gatherings. My friend, Howard, however, is an expert on intense marathon family “vacations.” When his 2 parents, 6 siblings, 3 […]