Recent Posts for the 'Health Matters: Flashes & Reports' Category

P.S. On Depression from Daily Om

Thursday, May 25th, 2017


Here is a course that might be helpful from my Daily Om email, reprinted with permission from fee is up to you.

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How To Overcome Depression


Clinical depression affects 20,000,000 Americans every year. Tens of millions more suffer from bouts of the blues. Even these large numbers do not capture the extent to which today’s smart, sensitive people are burdened by a sadness that is neither biological nor psychological in nature. In this course you will gain the tools you need to deal with this sadness in groundbreaking ways that complement–and may even have the power to replace–medication and psychotherapy. Do you have difficulties sleeping? Are you tired a lot? Do you have trouble finding pleasure at home and at work? Is it hard for you to make decisions? Are you uncertain about your path in life, irritable and out of sorts, or hungry all the time? All of these are signs of the modern ache that we have come to call depression–a label that people are pressured to pin on themselves. In this course you’ll learn a new way of thinking about depression and a new method for getting past “symptoms” right to the heart of matter.


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Mayim Bialik: Actor and Activist for Mental Health

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Actor and Activist Mayim Bialik Speaks up for Mental Health.

Mayim Bialik

Soon after I started A Mind of Your Own, which I am still reading in order to review Part 2 later this month or early next month, (Link to Part 1 posting:, I went for a check-up to my cardiologist and picked up a free copy of Web Md and became interested in an interview of Mayim Bialik. Here is a summary of what I read.

The article is entitled “Big Brain Theory” By Gina Shaw about Mayim Bialik, who stars on the very popular TV show, The Big Bang Theory. Mayim is a proponent of removing the stigma of mental health. In real life and in her TV character Amy, she is a neuroscientist, earning her PhD in neuroscience from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2008.

In 2016, Bialik did a series of public service announcement in support of its #StigmaFree campaign. She partnered with NAMI, which stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental health is a personal issue for her since her family’s history includes depression, panic disorder, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). In her book, Girling Up, Mayim devotes a whole chapter to “major stressors, unusual events, what symptoms spell depression versus those that spell grief.”

I applaud this young mother, actor, and activist for speaking up and speaking out about mental illness, which many people still stigmatize. With my own family history of depression, I feel that Bialik has done a wonderful service for this misunderstood health issue.

At the end of the article are three steps you can take to resist the mental health stigma:

  1. Educate yourself and others
  2. Strive to see the person first, not the condition
  3. Speak out and get involved.