When it comes to CHANGING MINDS about mental illness, and ending its stigma, few people are more motivated than actress Glenn Close. She’s been talking to Tracy Smith: Glenn Close’s character in “Fatal Attraction” is one of her most memorable roles — and is considered one of the great villains of the 20th century.
“Admiring your own handiwork” is a familiar expression containing an important truth about the mind. We handed this particular story to our Tony Dokoupil: Are you the kind of person who actually likes washing dishes? How about folding laundry? Yardwork? What all these have in common, of course, is they occupy our hands.
Want to make a workplace where people actually want to work? There are concrete, evidence-based things every worker can do to help workplaces be places with a shared sense of purpose and work ethic.
Excessive drinking can kill you — and claims the lives of an estimated 88,000 Americans per year, according to a first-of-its-kind study. That’s 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults — and more than half are related to binge drinking. If you find this sobering, keep reading.
Just over a month ago, I could see. Or maybe I should put it this way: I had both my eyes, but they didn’t help me notice how dangerous my life had become. Then, on February 6, my world went black.
If I had to say where my drinking began – which first time began it – I might say it started with my first blackout, or maybe the first time I sought blackout: the first time I wanted nothing more than to be absent from my own life.
This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It.
“This must have seemed like a dream come true for industry. Of course they would pay for it,” he said. “They’re admitting the trial is designed to provide a justification for moderate drinking. That’s not objective science.” Asked about the meetings, Dr. Mukamal did not deny he had participated, but said the slides did not convey the full complexity of his presentation.
“Mommy wine culture is just another way some moms are coping with the pressures of parenthood – alone and without much social support beyond acknowledging that parenting is hard,” said a mother who asked to be identified as Amina S. because she participates in a 12-step program that calls for anonymity.
A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert says. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected “every aspect of our biology” and was widespread in modern society.
Last year Dr. Dennis Charney, a resilience researcher and dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, was leaving a deli when he was shot by a disgruntled former employee. Dr. Charney spent five days in intensive care and faced a challenging recovery.
It’s the age old question: I’m on antidepressants; can I still drink?
1. In one major study, 25% of gay men admitted to using the drug at least once. So if you know 4 gay men, one’s probably used and might still be using today. 2. Meth can be instantly addictive, like crack.
David Foster Wallace had a cavity. He’d never had one before-but now the dentist who’d always praised him for his pristine teeth was telling the 14-year-old boy that he was not invulnerable. “I remember him . . . being stunned and disgusted,” recalled his sister Amy Wallace.
Hard to imagine where we would be today had the blinders-on policy of the Reagan administration actually been something based on science, research, and statistics. Just say ‘no’ was a failure of epic proportions. Like all those who died of AIDS under the Reagan watch, thousands lost their battle with addiction either through death or incarceration. It’s about time we made up for lost time and got with the program.
“Regardless how individuals get into theses situations. We don’t know everything. There may be genetic components. Addictions may be different for different people. What we do know is there are steps that can be taken to get through addiction and get to the other side, and that is under-resourced.”
I am currently loving the place I find myself in recovery, safely cocooned between two beliefs: faith and science. Of course science, by definition, is supposed to be more than faith, but time and time again we find research that negates other research, so how are we supposed to believe that? Well, faith, I guess. I know my issues are far more than behavioral, social flaws. But even when ‘the program’ allows for the disease model of addiction, some people insist it’s all a matter of faith. Or of just not picking up that drink. I’ve come to believe that. But only because I have removed my ability to get high or drunk. Literally. No cash, no credit cards, full transparency with my loved one. Otherwise, until my brain reprograms itself with the help of time, behavior modification, and chemistry (medication), I would likely still be taking risks even when I desperately don’t want to. A great read.
When people make risky decisions, like doubling down in blackjack or investing in volatile stocks, what happens in the brain? Scientists have long tried to understand what makes some people risk-averse and others risk-taking. Answers could have implications for how to treat, curb or prevent destructively risky behavior, like pathological gambling or drug addiction.
I used to struggle with doubt every time I posted a video of me singing on Facecrack not because I care what others think of my singing (they’re all first takes with me accompanying myself, not an easy thing for me to do like rubbing my belly and tapping my head!) but because I questioned my own reasoning for doing so. Do I really need external validation so badly? Perhaps reasons for doing it chance with each video, but as I become more and more clear in my path of recovery, one reason always rises to the top: IT FEELS GOOD! DOH! And it doesn’t take rocket science for me to understand the extent to which my braincells are firing when I do it. So I say, sing, sing a long, sing a song!
The hills are alive with the sound of music, which could help people with Alzheimer’s stave off the effects of the debilitating disease. A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes.
What’s wrong with being Confident? What’s wrong with being sober? Not a f**king thing! Got a bit of a crush on this one.
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Demi Lovato rang in four years of sobriety on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to announce the news. “This last year I experienced so much life and too much death… But I made it through… Sober,” she wrote alongside the hashtags, “#4Years #GodsWill.”
I don’t believe there is a more reasonable man alive than David Brooks. I’m often shocked watching the PBS NewHour when Shields and Brooks go at it because, come on, Brooks is a Republican and we all know what that has come to mean. But he truly is the embodiment of what being a Republican used to mean when Republican wasn’t synonymous with intolerance. In any case, I love his take on social media and shame. I fight with the concept all the time……
In 1987, Allan Bloom wrote a book called “The Closing of the American Mind.” The core argument was that American campuses were awash in moral relativism. Subjective personal values had replaced universal moral principles. Nothing was either right or wrong. Amid a wave of rampant nonjudgmentalism, life was flatter and emptier.
Recovery, exercise, cardio:
I’ll never get down off this particular soapbox. How do we recover from anything without exercising? Seriously? Can we? Obviously, the answer is yes, but for me the rate at which I recover and the quality of life into which I am hoping to recover to is all a matter of getting my ass moving. The say a life unexamined isn’t worth living. I also say a life without exercise isn’t worth living. It’s that important. I think most people either get it or they don’t. For those who don’t, find someone to encourage you and to try to tempt you onto the other side. Because it truly makes all the difference in the world.