Yearly Archive for 2011
In today's economy, workers across all sectors are seeking steady, gainful employment. Likewise, employers are seeking productive, consistent workers. For individuals with mental illness, this may be an impossible job description to fill. A recent report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) claims that common mental health conditions lead to decreased workplace productivity and substantial economic losses.
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind is controllable - what then? --- George Orwell, in 1984 The concept of brainwashing was first used to describe certain obscure procedures carried out in early Communist China, but the idea of "cleansing the mind" can be traced back all the way to fourth century Confucian thinkers.
Gift-giving isn't easy -- particularly during the holidays, when there are so many different people for whom to buy. It's overwhelming and stressful, and people cope with the burden in different ways. Some, like myself, begin lists in September, all the while picking up hints from others and taking note, then making my purchases before Thanksgiving. Others rush to the mall the weekend before -- or of -- Christmas, hoping something will catch their eye or they'll snag a great deal.
Major depression is a very common and debilitating. It is characterized by low mood, changes in sleeping patterns, changes in appetite, lack of energy and a very substantial loss of quality of life. Depression may not improve for long periods of time, often years, and that someone who has experienced one episode of major depression is likely to experience more. Frequently, depression is accompanied by other medical conditions, like for example cancer or heart disease.