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November 29, 2019

Most of us have something that we don’t like about our appearance—a crooked smile, large eyes, a flabby stomach, the list goes on. Most people accept these flaws and move on with their daily lives, but people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) become fixate...

November 27, 2019

With Thanksgiving approaching, many Americans struggling with health, financial, and emotional problems find it challenging to feel grateful. Some people have a habit of looking at the negative. That can be because our brains are predisposed to solve problems, and we t...

One of the unique things about Thanksgiving as a holiday is that on that day most people across the country, from all ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds do the same thing — they gather with others to give thanks and eat some version of turkey and...

Unless you work in pediatrics, almost every physician sees people who have dementia. Almost all of us also have family members with dementia. Regardless what side of the gurney we are standing on, caregiving is extremely challenging. Family physicians have a huge role...

November 20, 2019

Suicide deaths have been rising in recent years. Thoughtful treatment is necessary.

I’ll never forget the first time I cared for a teenager who had made a suicide attempt. 

The young man, whom I’ll call Zach, was home from college for winter break. I was a senior medical...

November 18, 2019

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

November 15, 2019

We live in an age where the addictive use of drugs, and drug-related deaths, are at an epidemic – it has even been declared as such in the U.S. recently. And there are plenty of international campaigns working hard to change the stigma attached to substance abuse, incr...

November 13, 2019

Hi, my name is Kay and I use “they/them/theirs” pronouns. A few years ago I decided to start trying out different names and pronouns that felt right for me. I started this transition in my late twenties and had to navigate changing my name and pronouns in the workplace...

November 11, 2019

Solving the Mystery of Military Mental Health: A Call to Action

In the wake of the recent Veterans’ Day observances (November 11, 2018), I had a strangely disquieting feeling. At first, I attributed it to binge-watching too many war movies that had been broadcast for th...

November 7, 2019

At the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Patron of the Artists Awards, Lady Gaga gave a 23-minute speech on the importance of mental health, hoping to see more programs devoted to the issue.

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