Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

It's world mental health day!  So, let's discuss depression. Anywhere from 3 to 17% of the world's population suffers from it, with US being one of the highest.  That is a lot of people!  It leads me to wonder a) why the difference in prevalence and b) why did we not hear about depression as … Continue reading Advice for friends and family of people with depression: 5 things to consider

Of trees and birthdays

If you think about it, the tree is an amazing creature. As a tree grows and ages, it becomes more and more difficult to deliver water to the top from the roots, thereby setting an upper limit to its height.  Eventually, distal limbs become too "expensive" to support, and stop developing; this is why the … Continue reading Of trees and birthdays

A nasty spill down the stairs

  One of my all time favorite movies is Ferris Bueller's Day off.  Remember the part where he makes a recording for the doorbell?  "Oh, I'm sorry. I can't come to the door right now. I'm afraid that in my weakened condition, I could take a nasty spill down the stairs..."  I don't know if … Continue reading A nasty spill down the stairs

When one person dies so another can live

When it was time to decide which fellowship to do, I agonized for a bit; so much so, that I took a year off, actually, because I really don't believe in agonizing over decisions - I think important decisions should be easy.  The right choice feels right!  I even wrote my residency personal statement on … Continue reading When one person dies so another can live

The Formula of Sorrow

So, I keep trying to concentrate and think about something else, but I can't.  This hate fest from the weekend, and everything that has gone on with it, has got my head spinning, and myself circling down a rabbit hole.  It's been discovered that trauma is passed down through the genes, and this must be true, … Continue reading The Formula of Sorrow

Choose a torch, America

  So I have been watching the news, and been glued to facebook non stop this weekend with the Charlottesville events going on.  I can honestly say I have never been this scared in my home, in my country ever. I know that this rally started with confederates and became about uniting all the white supremacy/neo-Nazi … Continue reading Choose a torch, America

Sunday night blues

It might be a slight understatement to say that I'm not 100% adequate when it comes to the less defined functions of my brain.  I mean, I walk, talk, and compute ok, and I can usually make change at the grocery store, but emotionally speaking, there are not infrequent short circuits.  This is a chronic … Continue reading Sunday night blues