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Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news sources, blogs, videos—you name it. Some days, 5 out of 6 of the news stories […]

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Yup it’s still Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In fact, I stand corrected. It is the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. And I have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve forgotten that–that to you it’s Cord Blood Awareness Blog Month, or International Group B Strep Awareness Month–or even Eye Injury Prevention Month–but within […]

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ECT–The Less Than Shocking Story, Part I

Why write about ECT today? Isn’t it yesterday’s news? Actually, in the words of health writer Melissa Dahl (, 8.6.2008), “the practice has been making a quiet comeback.” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next” did nothing to help make ECT fashionable. In fact, according to the 2003 Sixth Edition of The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, it […]

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Three Biggest Pharmaceutical Lawsuits of 2012: Psychiatric Drugs Focus of All Three

“A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money.” ~ Everett Dirksen, Congressman What Senator Dirksen knew about government spending is these days being applied to drug company fines. And it seems these penalties are, indeed, finally adding up to some ‘real money.’ 2012 saw three of the biggest […]

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