Celebrating recovering from mental illness the psychosocial clubhouse way

by Meg Griffin, LMSW July 3, 2013

The other day, one of our clubhouse members told me he was “sick of being sick.” When I asked him what he meant, he said that he was tired of relying on SSDI, tired of not working full time and tired of living with his parents. This is a man in his 40s, who has been […]

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Do psychiatric meds have to be forever?

by Susan Hardesty, MD June 27, 2013

I’m so glad so many Houstonians braved the monsoon that descended just before Menninger’s Community Luncheon got underway. Not only did we get to take part in the celebration honoring Corby and Barbara Robertson, we also got to hear Maureen McCormick, aka “Marcia, Marcia Marcia” of “The Brady Bunch,” give her first presentation ever about her […]

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Celebrating Father’s Day: What a first-time father reveals about secure attachment relationships

by Michael Groat, PhD June 12, 2013

At The Menninger Clinic we think a lot about relationships – how they are nurtured, how they are compromised and how they can grow with steadfast care and attention. As this Father’s Day approaches, thinking about the relationship I am forming with my baby girl – now fast approaching her first birthday – fills me […]

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Would St. Peter ever have referred someone to a psychiatrist?

by Justin Gingrich May 31, 2013

Many of us have probably heard, at one point or another, “You don’t need therapy. You need Jesus.” As if Jesus is a 90-day prescription that you can pick up at your local Walgreens. Maybe you have heard people say that those who take psychiatric medications don’t have enough faith. That if those who had […]

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Marijuana and Psychosis: Which is the Chicken and Which is the Egg?

by Kristina Bullard, BSN, RN May 24, 2013

Has anyone noticed the phenomena of teens discussing drug use as if it’s no big deal? From Facebook and Twitter feeds to t-shirts, glorifying drug use seems to be a growing trend. It’s astounding to hear what a casual topic it has become. From new ways to ingest alcohol to the latest fads in drugs, […]

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Part 2: Why mental health matters to us

by Rebecca Wagner, PhD May 22, 2013

In “Part 1: Why mental health matters to us,” I explained that Menninger has recently ”adopted standards of behavior that are intended to guide our actions and promote a culture of excellence. This month the Psychology discipline was charged with bringing attention to one standard: ‘We are linked to one another by a common purpose: serving […]

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Part 1: Why mental health matters to us

by Rebecca Wagner, PhD May 16, 2013

Menninger recently adopted standards of behavior that are intended to guide our actions and promote a culture of excellence. This month the Psychology discipline was charged with bringing attention to one standard: “We are linked to one another by a common purpose: serving our patients and our community.” We had differing thoughts about what this […]

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From one mom to another: 27 things I’ve learned about motherhood and parenting through the years

by Donna Lamb, LCSW April 19, 2013

Someone very dear to me is about to deliver her first child, a son. She is preparing for him; my instinct and need is to prepare her. There’s so much I wish I could tell her about motherhood and parenting, yet there’s no way I could even begin to encompass it all. I’ve winnowed it […]

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The shame game: obesity as an indication of an increase in disordered eating and poor body image

by Hannah Szlyk, LMSW April 12, 2013

Every time I hear a media story about “the war on __,” I automatically become suspicious. Considering America’s history of the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror,” my skepticism meter perks up, and I feel the urge to cringe. Despite hailing from the state of “live free or die,” I am usually puzzled […]

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Examining the criminalization of mental illness

by Mathew Estey, LMSW April 8, 2013

Serious mental illness is debilitating, confusing and overwhelming. As a society, one might imagine our response to mental illness might model the response to other public health challenges like heart disease, diabetes or breast cancer. Sadly, the opposite seems to be the case. Take the time to Google “mental illness is” and you find “mental […]

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