Monthly Archives: April 2009

Swine Flu Anxiety

If the economy isn’t enough to give you agita (see my earlier post), then all the press about swine flu might do the trick. Let’s recall the basics of anxiety: something bad, we’re not sure just what but it’s bad, may happen in the future and there’s nothing we can do about it. I discussed […]

More From the News

Two new articles of note: First, Charles M. Blow, in the New York Times, writes about two 11 year old boys who recently suicided.  It is thought that being bullied at school played a major role in their separate decisions to end their lives.  A very moving and thought provoking article.  You can read it […]

Updates on Anxiety in the News

First, under the category of ‘you’ve gotta be kidding me,’ the Chicago Tribune reports that “The conclusion in recently released Justice Department memos that CIA interrogation techniques would not cause prolonged mental harm…”  Torture does not cause prolonged mental harm.  This definitely is one of the things that makes me go hmmm…. For the whole […]

Health Insurance: Part 1

At some point this year, we are likely to see meaningful efforts by Congress and the President to reform healthcare. The discussions so far, though, focus on cost. But that is not “a change we can believe in.” I don’t think so anyway. The radical question would be: what is the best way to structure […]