Archive for Media and Mental Health

Emergency Chutes: Dealing with Narcissists

Steven Slater. The JetBlue flight attendant who grabbed a beer and jumped down an emergency chute after an altercation with a difficult passenger. Steven Slater may have just been trying to do his job. But that day, like most days he had to deal with someone who was suffering from the great American epidemic of […]

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He who Hesitates is Found: Finding Mental Health in Space

The best part of a vacation? The weeks leading up to it. Of going to an event? Getting ready for it. Anticipation is magic. It is the hours leading up to something that are full of possibility, that which has not been yet realized. We rush through life and often miss the pauses and the […]

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Emotional Day Traders: Mental Health or Wealth?

Being a narcissist is very efficient. It’s like driving in a really streamlined and fast sports car with the windows closed. You whiz through the world at lightning speed – faster than anyone else – leaving them in your dust. And by keeping the windows closed you minimize drag and don’t have to feel the […]

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Success at Everything: Narcissism 101

You want to succeed? Quickly? Be a narcissist. I was glancing at my DSM the other day (the “Bible” (albeit flawed) of psychiatric diagnosis) and musing on Narcissistic Personality Disorder. As I reviewed the symptoms of the disorder, I rather sadly realized that it read more like a list of traits that all but guarantee […]

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Love Party: Skip the Marriage, Have the Wedding

Let’s put it out there – if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am not a big fan of romantic love, marriage, or any of the ancillaries. So you can imagine my cynicism when celebrity couples who have been together a short time or very young celebs announce an engagement and impending nuptials. I […]

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Technology and its Discontents: Love Letters or Texting?

20 years ago when I was single and trying to date – technology was a different animal. There was no Facebook, no email, no texting, or cell phones. Your telephone was on your desk at work or in your home. If you were lucky you had call waiting, so a call could come through while […]

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Folie a Deux: Crazy Love

This week I was teaching the psychotic disorders and on something called “Shared Psychotic Disorder” (which can also have the far sexier title of the Folie a Deux). In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – IV – Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) (the Bible/Koran/Gita/Talamud of psychiatric disorders) it is defined as follows: A. A […]

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Red Cards: Behavior Lessons from Kindergarten

During our typical evening game of high-low-day – a dinner time conversation in which each of us shares the best and worst thing that happened, my kindergartener stated that her “low” point was “getting in trouble”. She didn’t want to give up the details, so I did not push – assuming that the teacher would […]

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