Is anomie the enemy? Another perspective on the increase of school shootings

by Hannah Szlyk, LMSW September 30, 2014

Anomie: the breakdown in the bond between the individual and community is evidenced when there is a discrepancy between the values and ideologies of society and what is achievable in normal life. This term, popularized by French sociologist Emile Durkheim in his 19th century book Suicide, was referenced in a discussion of the recent school […]

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We Are Becoming Less Violent

by Jon G. Allen, PhD September 25, 2014

Perhaps I can be forgiven for my pessimism about ameliorating the violent side of human nature. Like everyone else, I am assaulted on a daily basis by stories of violence, including war, genocide, terrorism, homicide, rape and child abuse. Compounding this routine assault, I have specialized in psychological trauma, which entails professional immersion in suffering […]

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Robin Williams and the Power of Suicide

by John Oldham, MD, MS August 13, 2014

For the last several days, we have been riveted by the tragic suicide of Robin Williams, a larger-than-life favorite on both the large and small screens. However much we know about the prevalence of depression and of suicide itself, we are still shocked when someone who feels so familiar chooses this way to disappear. Yes, […]

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Attempting suicide (and living to tell the story)

by Thomas Ellis, PsyD, ABPP June 2, 2014

I have been attending professional conferences for more than 30 years, so they have become rather predictable to me. Plenary sessions, research paper presentations, skills workshops: Sessions are generally informative, though sometimes deadly dull. That said, my experience at the 2014 conference of the American Association of Suicidology in Los Angeles a few weeks ago […]

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Speaking up and out to reduce the stigma of mental illness

by Nancy Trowbridge May 28, 2014

As a staunch advocate for eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness and brain disorders, Menninger encourages conversation in our homes, our communities and our media outlets. So let me begin this conversation by offering kudos to the Houston Chronicle editorial writers for the May 19 admonishment “Low Blow” that said the tactic of leaking a […]

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Addict, junkie, pothead, crackhead, loser: Putting tired old labels to rest & challenging stigma

by Beth Eversole, LMSW, LCDC May 22, 2014

Labels play a large part in defining our experiences; they also play a role in stigmatization. Webster’s Dictionary defines stigma as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” Just take the word “addict,” a common label for people who use substances. The mark of disgrace here is the label. Many […]

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Caring for the mentally ill & combatting stigma is the heart & soul of psychiatric nursing

by Marilyn Warnock, RN May 9, 2014

Every year during National Nurses Week I think back on the start of my career more than 20 years ago and how I always knew that my life’s passion was nursing.     On a search to discover which aspect of this care-giving profession would be most fulfilling to me, I started out working in […]

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A mother’s recollections of postpartum depression

by Ann Marie Buckley, LCSW May 9, 2014

Motherʼs Day always invites me to recall my early days as a new mother, more than 27 years ago. Among all the sweet baby-breath, bath time, first smile and first sleep-through-the-night memories that warm my heart, I also remember an afternoon when I was walking the floor with my new baby, trying to soothe her, […]

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Do you want fries with that? A provider’s view on “drive-thru” mental health treatment

by Hannah Szlyk, LMSW April 3, 2014

“Popular female celebrity has gone into rehab. She expects to make a full recovery and return to her tour and her fans by next month, says the publicist.” How many times have we read this in the news? As I write, I am thinking of Justin Bieber’s recent DUI arrest, and I can only help […]

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Marijuana: The modern-day trojan horse we need to talk about

by John O'Neill, LCSW, LCDC, CAS March 27, 2014

For the first time in history more than 50 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Those of us in the addiction field are faced with new attitudes about a substance that is not as innocent and harmless as many of its proponents would like us to believe. Contributing to the confusion about the […]

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