January 5, 2016 |
In the last month, five people in my world have taken their own lives. I knew them to varying degrees; some very closely, others through people I am connected with via work or friendship or service. Three were male, two female. One had a child. Three were in their mid-40s, two were in their late teens or early 20s. Two were very successful in business. Through their suicides, all of them have greatly affected others and have left dozens of loved ones shattered. They struggled with depression, and, from what I have been told by family and close friends, they essentially kept how dark life had become to themselves.
September 27, 2015 |
Learning that a teen has depression can be terrifying for a parent. Consider that 8 percent of high school students try to kill themselves at least once over the course of a year, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, a new analysis of data in the respected journal BMJ last week found that Paxil, one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants, is ineffective and even harmful for treating major depression in adolescents. The new findings are in contrast to the original study from 2001.
January 14, 2015 |
In October 1993, in the dusty, roiling streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, as photojournalist Paul Watson aimed his camera at the bloody, beaten corpse of a U.S. soldier, in his head he heard the man say, "If you do this, I will own you forever. " In 2007, poet and playwright Dan O'Brien heard Watson recount that memory in an NPR interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air . Instantly, the soldier - and the photographer - owned O'Brien, as well. He and Watson began an e-mail correspondence that went on for several years, finally meeting (in the Arctic, of all places)
August 18, 2014 |
A dark depression dogged Donnie Moore when, in 1989, the star-crossed reliever, recently released, put a bullet in his brain. Eighty-two years earlier, Chick Stahl, a .307 lifetime hitter in 10 big-league seasons, ingested a fatal dose of poison in his Indiana hotel room. And it was during a 1940 road trip to Boston when Cincinnati Reds catcher Willard Hershberger sliced his jugular with a razor. Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.
July 14, 2014 |
A type of therapy that combined training in emotional and physical coping skills helped patients who were facing blindness to avoid depression, a new study from Thomas Jefferson University has found. Patients with age-related macular degeneration who got the experimental treatment at home were half as likely to become depressed as those who simply talked with a therapist about their illness and its consequences. In the study, published last week in the journal Ophthalmology, 12.6 percent of patients who received a therapy called "behavior activation" became depressed, compared with 23.4 percent of the control group.
December 2, 2013 |
Sending my son to college was not a frightening prospect. President of the National Honor Society in high school, a valued member of the tennis team, my son had a confidence I envied and an easy sociability I could only dream of. The only downside of his coolness was that it sometimes made it hard for me to relate to him: Subject to clinical depression and chronically insecure, I had been anything but cool and confident in high school and college....
October 20, 2013 |
In The Inquirer and elsewhere, you may have read about the confusion and anger arising from the American Psychiatric Association's new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This 992-page tome, called the DSM-5, classifies mental illnesses, and will be used to make care availability and insurer funding decisions. For the first time in the manual's history, psychiatric researchers, not clinicians, dominated the proceedings. And the deciders did not include representatives from other mental health professions in their deliberations, even though most of these seeking care do not see psychiatrists.
October 1, 2013
A LONE WOMAN stood in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge one frigid January day, looking down at the Delaware River. Something seemed off to a police officer bicycling past, so he followed the woman. But this wasn't some troubled soul looking for a quick way out. It was NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn. And although Cahn, then 53, was all too familiar with feelings of despair, she wasn't suicidal. In fact, she was outside on that cold afternoon because she had been in a funk and had come up with a clever way to get herself out of it: She would do something new every day during the year 2010.
April 17, 2013 |
A SECOND complaint has been lodged against the Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle , this one alleging verbal abuse and bullying. Gina Cougill , the mother of senior forward Brennan Cougill , wrote to university chancellor Thomas Harden last week, shortly after the parents of former center Ryan Bross filed the initial complaint against Wardle. Gina Cougill provided a copy of her letter to the Green Bay Press-Gazette . In it, she accused Wardle of minimizing her son's clinical depression as a "distraction," and said other players have been subjected to worse treatment.
February 8, 2013 |
Like a blue moon, Rossini's seldom-heard, difficult-to-assemble Petite Messe Solennelle will appear here twice in a single month. In a pure coincidence that could make high-tone jaws drop in any great music capital, the Mass will be sung by Choral Arts Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, then by the Philadelphia Singers chorus at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. "We could live another 100 years and never again hear this piece nine days apart," said Miles Cohen, artistic administrator for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, producer of the second concert.