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The BBC has an Interesting Article on how the economic crisis is leading to an emotional crisis in many men in the face of trouble providing for their families. The report on a survey that found men are twice as likely currently to report having suicidal thoughts, half as likely to discuss their trouble with friends or family, and while experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers with women, they go untreated far more often.
This is interesting to me for several reasons. The suffering goes on largely in silence. Men don’t use health care in general to the extent that women do and they absolutely don’t use mental health care to the same extent. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome again to my roundup of those things that stood out as educational, uplifting, inspiring, and downright funny in my journeying through the ethernet. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, or you’ll simply move on unimpressed. Take your pick.
This week I share the curse of a child’s imagination, the psychology of our politics, sacrifice, sorrow, and other such spiritual gifts, two medical specialties that are all in your head, alien hands, killer pandas and Raven-puffs, to name just some of the bounteous fruits I have gathered tirelessly and selflessly especially for you, the reader.
So without further adieu, I present the absolute best I could find- Read the rest of this entry »
I am continuing my review of the best blogs mind, body, and soul at least from my perspective. Doctor blogs have been the subject of controversy with the AMA lately. There are privacy concerns and concerns about the professionalism of ranting about colleagues or patients in such a public forum. While these concerns may be valid, this isn’t what I generally see in the blogs, at least not the ones I end up following anyway. Many, many blogs focus on healthcare and its shortcomings and problems with the system. These have their place, but for me the very best blogs share the highs and the lows of medicine. I think the blog format is ideal for sharing the unique experience and point of view that we physicians have. I think the best blogs humanize the doctor, the patients and in so doing feed the soul. Here are a few of my favorites- Read the rest of this entry »
Few things in medicine are harder than trying to explain to a patient that you don’t understand what is going on. As is common, I recently had an adolescent patient that had either psychosomatic stroke symptoms or actual acute resolving weakness exaggerated by anxiety. As we very gently let him down, we explained that we could not find a physiologic reason for his weakness, now better, and that we would likely never know what caused it. All the patient often hears in these conversations is a booming, “It’s all in your head.” So it was under these conditions that the patient caught me off balance. “How can you not know, you have been studying this stuff for your entire life?!”
Avicenna, legendary Islamic physician and philosopher
Thanks to the Frontal Cortex, I recently stumbled across an article on the online journal n+1 that describes firsthand a new and disturbing trend in higher education, Adderall abuse. Adderall is a mixture of long and short acting amphetamines that keep the mind revved up and the body energized for hours. It appears overachievers at Ivy League Universities are sorely tempted by this as it improves test taking skills, focus, recall, enables all-nighters to work, etc. The one group of students my mind immediately went to was the classic overachiever, the medical student. Read the rest of this entry »