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.
May 4, 2013 |
Beethoven's cello sonatas are not often done as a complete, chronological cycle: They run too long for a single concert, but not long enough to fill two concerts without adding some of the composer's non-sonata cello works, diluting the sense of progression in his musical thought. When performed in close to optimum, single-concert circumstances by cellist Efe Baltacigil and pianist Benjamin Hochman on Thursday at the American Philosophical Society, the sonatas came off as a motley collection - verbose in the early works, oblique in the later ones, and with a clear-cut masterpiece in the middle, the Cello Sonata No. 3 (Op. 69 )
March 4, 2013
Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, 96-85, on Saturday. The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into the third. Noah followed up the third triple-double of his career with another terrific performance that also included four blocks. He committed five turnovers, but even so it was an impressive follow-up to Thursday, when he had 23 points, 21 rebounds, and a career-high 11 blocks in a win over the 76ers.
February 28, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC. The nomination all but assures that she'll sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican nomination was also being chosen Tuesday night.