March 21, 2014 |
PERCY PRIDE'S phone started ringing when the surveillance video hit the TV news Monday night, a video of a big guy brawling with a SEPTA cop on a crowded subway platform. People thought it was his son, Steve Mason. Nah, Pride thought, it couldn't be. He looked closer. It was his son, all right - but that didn't seem possible. Pride said he'd spoken to his son earlier in the day, when Mason, 40, had called from the Warren E. Smith Health Center in North Philly. Mason needed help.
March 10, 2014 |
It's hard enough to get along with people with "normal" emotions, let alone those with mental illnesses that make feelings intense, unpredictable, and volatile. Having a family member with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or major depression can feel like being trapped on an emotional roller coaster, said Edie Mannion, director and cofounder of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Training and Education Center. She helped develop a class for family members who want to get off the carnival ride.
January 25, 2014 |
A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said. All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Some people jog for exercise, some for fun, some to lose weight or sleep better. Nicole Duchman runs for her health - physical and mental. For her, the steady movement of legs and torso across pavement is a way to allay the emotional trauma of war, experienced as an Army specialist in Iraq. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome that can cause her to become irritable and frustrated, running offers respite and freedom. "It calms me down, lets me focus, lets me settle," Duchman said.
November 17, 2013 |
Brian Crispell is all in for his second, and likely final, Philadelphia Marathon. A Philadelphia podiatrist who soon plans to open his own practice, Crispell is hoping to carry the momentum from his showing last month in the Baltimore Marathon, where he finished second. Since his wife Dana Koesar is expecting the couple's first child in February, the 37-year-old Crispell says that this is probably his swan song. And he has been running between 80 and 100 miles per week in preparation.
August 5, 2013 |
Evan Kaplan was with his 9-year-old daughter, who was having trouble with anxiety, when she told her therapist her father wouldn't let her switch to a new school because of his mental illness. Kaplan was shocked. Even though he had been hospitalized many times for bipolar disorder, he didn't realize Charlotte knew he had a mental illness. "It sort of opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to start talking to her about it," Kaplan said. Charlotte's remark three years ago not only brought father and daughter closer, it set Kaplan on a path that now has him leading a class each Tuesday night in Center City on parenting with a mental illness.
July 8, 2013
R. Rao Gogineni, M.D., head of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital, wrote this for the kids health blog on Philly.com and Inquirer.com. Occasional temper tantrums and bad moods are a normal part of growing up. Many children are irritable, upset, or moody from time to time. But there may be a problem for children with severe and frequent temper tantrums that interfere with their ability to function at home, in school, or with friends.
May 31, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am friendly with a married couple. The husband, "Grant," is my best friend and we talk about everything. He married "Sharon" last summer. I have known for a while that Grant didn't want to get married. Sharon, however, was elated. Now they have been married for nine months, Grant tells me he can't continue on, that he is unhappy. I have begged him to level with Sharon. He keeps making excuses. When I talk with her, she tells me she has the feeling he doesn't want to be married anymore.
May 25, 2013 |
The state education commissioner has overruled the decision to fire Haddon Township schools' athletic director, who was captured on camera putting dog feces on his ex-wife's car last May. Alan Carr's conduct was "grossly improper," but removing him from his tenured position was "an unduly harsh penalty," state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf found in a decision dated May 15. To impress upon Carr "the seriousness of his errors in...
May 13, 2013 |
Almost 40 years ago, Susan Rogers came to Philadelphia to kill herself. She never dreamed that she would go on to spend 29 years here, improving opportunities for the mentally ill and showing what recovery can be. She is now being recognized for her work by Mental Health America, which will give her its top honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award, at its annual meeting next month. Rogers, 66, is director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, which helps peer-run programs get started and thrive.