Monthly Archives: July 2009

Using Anxiety to Avoid Depression: Part Two

When we left off, it was with Donovan Campbell, in Joker One, trying to establish measures to deal with the stress faced by 150 Marines trying to gain control over an Iraqi city of 350,000. As a refresher, he was trying to act as a calm leader. As he phrases it: “Frantic-sounding lieutenants lose everyone’s […]

Healthcare Reform Frustrations

In a plain-spoken way, Sarri Gilman on expresses many of my sentiments on the pace of healthcare. You can read her opinion piece here. The Huffington Post reprints a depressing AP article today. The AP reports that the Senate Finance Committee has a plan to “exclude a requirement many congressional Democrats seek for large […]

Why People Might Use Anxiety to Avoid Depression

[A quick administrative note. I recently entered into an agreement with to provide blog posts for them. Some of the entries made here will also appear in their blog. This is the first such post.] Back in March of this year, I was listening to NPR while driving around town doing errands. Terry Gross […]

Dogs and Fireworks Anxiety

The Examiner has an article addressing the treatment of dogs that are fearful of the noises accompanying fireworks. It’s called, appropriately enough,: Does your dog dread July 4th? The top tips are: “melatonin…the most likely non-pharmaceutical product to help” [though she does not mention dosages]. “contact their vet and consider anti-anxiety medications to provide their […]

The Genetics of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder (and Schizoaffective Disorder)

The Independent reports on a new study of the genetics involved in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The article, Unlocked: the secrets of schizophrenia, covers three studies published in the journal Nature. Here are some of the results: “Scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression” “thousands of […]