Archive for Media and Mental Health

Facebook Users – Grow The Hell Up

Lots of bodice ripping and whining today as FB users felt betrayed that Facebook (the company) and some researchers manipulated Facebook feeds by putting in “fake” messages to examine a phenomenon called ‘emotional contagion’. The news shows, blogs, and internet flotsam and jetsam suggest that people feel somehow violated that their beloved ‘private’ space was […]

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I don’t know how she does it……..

I do. She doesn’t do it. I enjoyed the book – I will see the movie – and whether or not you think it has a happy ending depends on your point of view. But just like “Eat, Pray, Love” or “Bridget Jones’ Diary” those other manifestos of women and love – it IS a […]

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From Libya to Hollywood……. What do Charlie Sheen and Qaddafi have in common?

Thank god for narcissists – without them, there would be no news. Because they are our world leaders, our movie stars, our sports heroes and our reality stars. I am beginning to wonder if it is even possible to make it on a large stage without being one. As I read about the rants of […]

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Reality TV and Public Health: Beware the Messenger

Does Kim Karsdashian really have a place castigating MTV’s glorification of Teen Mom’s as a facilitator of teen pregnancy ( http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/21/kim-kardashian-blames-mtv-for-teen-pregnancies/ )? After all, it was she that took some creative shortcuts to get to the top of the food chain in Hollywood – and it worked out well for her. She turned some interesting […]

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ADD or Me Me Me?

I read an article today about the misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children – and the conclusion of this study, conducted by investigators at Michigan State, concludes that some kids are getting “diagnosed” merely because they are the youngest kids in their classes. The true diagnosis of ADHD is based on observation […]

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What happens after the wedding?

Celebrity and royal weddings have been all the rage for the past week. Prince William and Kate Middleton. Jessica Simpson and her new guy, Nick Lachey and his gal. And I think I heard that Heidi and Spencer are renewing their vows (aren’t you supposed to do that way down the line – like after […]

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The Doctor’s Been There – A Personal Weight Loss Story

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Dr. Ramani Durvasula shares that she was overweight just like the clients and they too can reach their goals.

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The Syndemic of the Hot Mess – Reality Television as Disease

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She’s a hot mess. It’s an easy “catch-all” term for the substance using, extension wearing, stalker friends among us. Hot messes never have just ONE thing wrong with them – it’s lots of things. These people need a mega-intervention – stylist, hairdresser, psychologist, trainer, nutritionist, physician, and lawyer. And we scientists actually kind of have […]

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Stress Fractures: Mental Health in our Daily World

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I got pulled over by the cops for a driving violation a few days ago. It was 430 PM and the light where I can typically make a right on red onto a freeway onramp has different rules between 4 PM and 7 PM – no right on red. I am so stressed these days […]

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Baby Shower Gifts – What a Parent Really Needs

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My sister is having a baby – a boy, due in November. It is my first foray into being an aunt. I am so excited about her pregnancy, about being an “Auntie”, about being with a baby again. I have two phenomenal daughters, never intend to have more. I love babies. I actually don’t like […]

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