May 18, 2015 |
The disagreeable reminders hit quickly and sharply, like a well-aimed machine-gun burst. Peeking at the standings one morning last week. Talking at lunch a few hours later with an equally disillusioned friend. Turning on the game that night only to soon turn away. Everywhere I went, I encountered evidence of just how spiritually arid this summer of 2015 promises to be for Philadelphians. Everyone I spoke to voiced what has become the mantra of our shared misery: "The Phillies are so bad," it went, "that I can't watch anymore.
April 23, 2015 |
Six years ago, a 21-year-old Gettysburg College senior named Kevin Schaeffer, from outside Reading, spent the evening with Amy Butcher, a close friend and fellow senior from Telford, Bucks County. They drank at a bar, and talked about their impending graduation and what would come next. He walked her back to her apartment. Then, he went home and stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Emily Silverstein, 27 times. Now, Butcher, 28, an assistant professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, has written a memoir, Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press)
March 27, 2015 |
Don Tollefson's sentencing Wednesday proved no less bizarre than his trial, with a psychologist claiming that the former sportscaster told him that his mother forced him to sleep in her bed throughout his childhood and well into college. But the proceeding mostly focused on the fallen icon's future and his potential for redemption. After fleecing 200 people in a sports ticket-selling scheme, Tollefson was sentenced by a Bucks County judge to two to four years in state prison and 15 years' probation for felony money laundering, fraud, and theft.
February 2, 2015 |
Light, or more precisely the lack of it, is literally one of the most depressing things about winter. In fact, each year, winter's gloom makes 1 percent to 5 percent of us so miserable we'd qualify for a diagnosis of major depression. Up to a quarter more of us just feel sluggish, sleepy, and unusually attracted to carbs. Normalcy returns with May's flowers. George Brainard's fascination with this phenomenon, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, has taken him from Earth to space and back again.
November 6, 2014 |
WHAT'S NEW on Twitter? Am I doing well enough at work? Where are my kids? What's the latest on Putin - I'm going to a party tonight and I don't want to look stupid. Sound familiar? Comedian Ruby Wax said that humans "don't have the bandwidth" mentally to survive the demands of 21st-century life. With our brains constantly stimulated, many of us are on the verge of a mental breakdown - whether we are among the one in four people living with a mental illness or not. Wax tackles this issue, as well as methods to combat the chaos, in her book, Sane New World , a bestseller in Britain that came out yesterday in the U.S. She'll bring a stage companion to the book to Christ Church Neighborhood House on Nov. 13 as part of the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival, which began yesterday and runs through Nov. 15 at locations troughout the city.
November 4, 2014 |
His funeral drew judges, lawyers, officials, civil rights activists, and marijuana-legalization advocates from around the country. William H. Buckman, a Moorestown lawyer known for his pivotal role in exposing racial profiling in New Jersey, was remembered by those and others after his death two weeks ago at age 61. He committed suicide in a Mount Laurel motel room, prompting disbelief and grief in the legal community, where he was revered for his...
August 25, 2014 |
Even before they are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, many patients suffer from depression and anxiety. These psychiatric problems may actually be early symptoms of what many see as primarily a movement disorder, said Daniel Weintraub, a Penn Medicine geriatric psychiatrist, who studies the psychiatric and cognitive complications of Parkinson's. "People with a midlife history of depression or anxiety," he said, "are at subsequent increased risk of developing Parkinson's. " Over the last 10 years, Weintraub said, researchers have placed increasing emphasis on "nonmotor" aspects of the disorder, which is best known for causing tremors.
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.
August 12, 2014 |
For someone famous for sharing his depression with the world, Eric Jarosinski is in an extremely good mood. It is 10:30 a.m. on a sunny morning in Philadelphia, and Jarosinski is late but content. "Sorry," he says. "The bus. " He settles into his seat at the Melrose Diner, and orders coffee and an omelet with cheddar cheese and extra peppers. He will hardly touch his food over the next two hours. Instead, he talks a lot, laughs even. That might surprise the 85,000 people who follow him on Twitter.
July 27, 2014 |
McDonald on depression Audra McDonald , 44, who plays Billie Holiday in the Broadway show Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill , says she has some insight into the troubled Holiday's psyche, having suffered from depression. She even made a suicide attempt "while I was at Juilliard," McDonald told ABC News' Peter Travers . "I tried to slit my wrist. " The actor said Juilliard's "incredibly supportive" attitude and mental-health facilities helped. The arts school encouraged her to work her way to health by joining the national tour of The Secret Garden . Possibly maybe engaged Royal in-law babe Pippa Middleton is "on the brink of getting engaged," to bf of two years stockbroker Nico Jackson , Unnamed Royal Insider tells Life & Style Weekly.