Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

When Gray Days Signal a Problem

7/26/11. Many people suffer with a treatable condition called dysthymia or chronic, low-grade depression. This disorder is frequently missed or mislabeled, leaving too many people to lead lives of quiet desperation.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904772304576467993357594526.html?KEYWORDS=dysthymia

A Woman's Place

7/26/11. A modern story about how one of the best of executive talent navigates corporate America.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Austerity in the U.K.

7/25/11. Psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple writes that shrinking government is much harder than expanding it. People want to get what they don't pay for.

Book Review: An Anatomy of an Addiction

7/24/11. Surgeon and writer ("How People Die") Sherwin Nuland reviews the perceptive new book by Howard Markel: "An Anatomy of an Addiction." Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Quotations

7/11/11.

"You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."

--- Woody Allen (1935 -   )


"The biggest argument against democracy is a five-minute discussion with the average voter."

---Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."

--- Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

---Albert Einstein  (1879 - 1955)


"He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head."


---G. K. Chesterton  (1874 - 1936)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Divorce Generation

7/10/11. The powerful effects of divorce on Generation X.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303544604576430341393583056.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

Thinking Away the Pain

7/10/11. We have not learned the limits of the conscious mind to ease physical pain, and much more.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576428151831584880.html?KEYWORDS=lehrer

In Defense of Antidepressants

7/10/11. Psychiatrist Peter Kramer reports on research findings claiming that antidepressants are no more effective than placebos.

My clinical experience matches Kramer's review:  antidepressants are often very helpful for treating severe depression, chronic mild depression or dysthymia, and anxiety in children and adults. Antidepressants often contribute to significant benefits of psychological therapy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Alan Dershowitz. Casey Anthony: The System Worked

7/7/11.  Perhaps the meaning  of "reasonable doubt" has changed with all the crime shows where all criminals are guilty with indisputable forensic evidence generated by powerful computers.  I wonder if being in the court room and hearing all the evidence is ALWAYS a much different experience than watching the trial on TV.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303544604576429783247016492.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop