Tagged Mental health

The Media’s Sensational Monster: What’s So Wrong About the Coverage of Rachael Farrokh

Many of you have probably already seen the video that is now going viral of Rachael Farrokh, a 5”7’, “40-something-pound” woman seeking donations to enter a treatment facility for severe anorexia. I am very purposely not linking to that video here. Farrokh’s story, first covered this week by NBC4 Los Angeles, represents the epitome of journalistic, …

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Wrestling With Survivor’s Guilt in a Crazy World: My Guest Op-ed for the San Francisco Bay Guardian

By Jeanene Harlick OPINION This is one of the ways you become that person who wants to take his or her life. It happens slowly. You’ve always known you were different. Everyone always told you that you were too “sensitive.” But it’s not about that. It’s about how you feel things: viscerally. When you hurt in …

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This Week in Mental Health, Sept. 15-21 – Psychosemantics, the Popularity of Evolutionary Psychology, Delightful Blog/Forum Discoveries, the Benefits of “Delayed Adulthood,” and More

Last Sunday (9/14), 60 Minutes aired a special report on the difficulty youth in crisis have accessing mental health treatment in the U.S. 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley, discussing Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, who was slashed and stabbed repeatedly by his own son last November, relates how “Deeds discovered that ‘talking to somebody,’ getting treatment, is …

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A “Depression Chain Analysis” – in other words, my attempt to dissect the latest depressive episode

“You’re so negative about yourself. It disturbs me… If you’re positive you will feel/act, BE positive…and that will affect your life in positive ways.” This is what a very wonderful, well-meaning cousin wrote me a week or so ago, trying to boost me up after reading one of the darker articles posted here. Now admittedly, my cousin …

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