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How women and girls with ADHD are given short shrift with treatment, other forms of help

By drwong
May 25, 2020

The Washington Post By Katherine Ellison May 19, 2020 After a lifetime of arriving late, missing deadlines and having friends call her a ditz, Leslie Crawford wanted to know whether her chronic distraction meant she had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. And, if that were true, could medication help? Over three visits with her managed-care plan doctor...   read more


Postpartum Depression Can Be Dangerous. Here’s How to Recognize It and Seek Treatment.

By drwong
April 28, 2020

The New York Times By Tara Haelle April 17, 2020 This guide was originally published on June 10, 2019 in NYT Parenting. The Gist Postpartum depression is a serious mental health issue and can include symptoms such as feeling disconnected from your baby, feeling intense sadness or feeling incompetent as a mother. If these symptoms...   read more


ADVOCACY BRIEF

By drwong
April 13, 2020

            Agenda Item:  Caring for Immigrant Patients and Families in our Community Key points: San Diego County is currently home to 3.1 million residents with approximately 21.5% of the county's population being immigrants, including refugees, who come from other countries (1). The relationship between immigration and mental health has significant implications for both psychiatric symptomatology...   read more


They already had an anxiety disorder. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit

By drwong
March 26, 2020

Los Angeles Times By From Staff and Wire Reports March 25, 2020 At first, Jonathon Seidl wasn’t worried about the coronavirus despite his anxiety disorder. But that changed. The 33-year-old digital media strategist from Dallas, who takes medication for his condition, said his concern was less about getting sick than about the battering the economy...   read more


Alzheimer’s affects 5.8 million people 65 and older. In 2050, that number may be close to 14 million.

By drwong
March 26, 2020

The Washington Post By Linda Searing March 16, 2020 Alzheimer’s disease, the most common dementia among older adults, now affects about 5.8 million U.S. residents 65 and older — 10 percent of that age group, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association. Age is considered the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s, with 3 percent...   read more


Alcoholics Anonymous vs. Other Approaches: The Evidence Is Now In

By drwong
March 26, 2020

The New York Times By Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll March 11, 2020 For a long time, medical researchers were unsure whether Alcoholics Anonymous worked better than other approaches to treating people with alcohol use disorder. In 2006, a review of the evidence concluded we didn’t have enough evidence to judge. That has changed. An updated...   read more


Celebrities are talking more about their own mental health. It’s helping — even if it’s complicated.

By drwong
March 9, 2020

The Washington Post By Bethonie Butler Feb. 20, 2020 Demi Lovato leaned into the microphone. “I tried to talk to my piano,” she sang softly, stopping as she broke into tears. It was her first performance since she suffered a drug overdose in 2018. The audience — gathered in Los Angeles’s Staples Center last month...   read more


How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk

By drwong
February 14, 2020

Pharmacists across the U.S. warn that the push to do more with less has made medication errors more likely. “I am a danger to the public,” one wrote to a regulator. For Alyssa Watrous, the medication mix-up meant a pounding headache, nausea and dizziness. In September, Ms. Watrous, a 17-year-old from Connecticut, was about to take another...   read more


We Lost Our Son to Suicide. Here's How We Survived

By drwong
February 4, 2020

The New York Times By Julie Halpert Jan 30, 2020 I tried many of the supports available to help parents heal, like therapy, support groups, exercise and finding a way to honor our son’s memory. On Sept. 7, 2017, my 31st wedding anniversary, a date marked by happy memories turned tragic. That was when I...   read more


Diagnosed with dementia, she documented her wishes for the end. Then her retirement home said no.

By drwong
January 26, 2020

The Washington Post By JoNel Aleccia Jan 18, 2020 When she worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, long before cellphone calculators, Susan Saran could perform complex math problems in her head. Years later, as one of its top regulators, she was in charge of investigating insider trading deals. Today, she...   read more