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  • Lights, Medicine and Miracles: Not a SAD Chanukah.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 days ago

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is known as "winter blues" depression that can leave the victim in a dark cave until spring’s return.  Energy is drained.  Apathy takes over.  The main treatment for SAD is light therapy.

    Light does more than just enable us to see.  Light induces...

  • Stages of grief in the search for a permanent peace

    November 25, 2014 | 9:39 am

    Prophecy and predictions of apocalypse are staples of life in Jerusalem. The current outbreak of violence, against the backdrop of biblical landscapes and sacred sites, lends itself to both. Under circumstances like these, it is wise to recall the words of a biblical prophet who...

  • Asking Your Doctor to Help You Die.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 12, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Human life is a gift.  Death, too, can be a gift.  Is it ever appropriate for us to choose the timing of our death?

    Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive and uniformly fatal brain tumor.  With the blessing of her family and millions of...

  • Rest in Peace Robin Williams

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2014 | 8:58 pm

    I have tried to write about the passing of Robin Williams since I heard of his death. I was saddened by the loss in a way that left me unable to articulate what I was feeling. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Williams and he was lovely, kind, charming, and funny. His talent was...

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  • Comedy great Robin Williams hanged himself at home

    August 12, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings.

    Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant...

  • The Taboo of Mental Illness.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 30, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    I received a panic call from Jim, who had been a patient for over ten years.  His five year old daughter had passed out.  Amanda was rushed to the ICU for new onset diabetes.  After stabilization, she was transferred by helicopter to a university hospital for an insulin pump...

  • We don’t live in Stepford

    September 3, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Not long ago, I showed up for a Friday night Shabbat service at Beit T’Shuvah in Culver City. Over the years, I have counseled a number of congregants whose adult children were saved by this addiction recovery program, and I wanted to experience Beit T’Shuvah’s spiritual Shabbat...

  • Suicide Rate Among Baby Boomers Increases Sharply

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 10, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Every primary care doctor has had the experience of listening to a very depressed patient explain that things are hopeless, that chronic medical problems or financial setbacks or family conflicts have pushed the patient past his ability to cope, that he can't imagine how things...

  • Privileged White Girl Problems

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 9, 2011 | 11:28 am

    Tonight, I hate the world.  And in accordance with cliché, I don’t even understand why.  My boyfriend called me tonight and by the time I got the message I had about a fifteen minute window to call him back before he went to sleep; I let it pass so that I didn’t have to talk to...

  • Ghosts, Spirits and My Kids’ Wild Imagination…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 23, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Ever since my Grandmother passed away twelve years ago, I have been feeling like I am never alone.  Even if the house is completely silent and free from all and any rambunctious/annoying children, I always feel like there is someone else in there with me.  Being pretty superstitious,...

  • I hear you knocking

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 9, 2008 | 11:28 pm

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  • Post-Palin Depression

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 11, 2008 | 12:26 am

    A therapist I know -- OK, since you dragged it out of me, my therapist -- told me that I'd be astonished if I knew how many emergency calls she got the night that Sarah Palin gave her convention speech.

    Actually, I wasn't that surprised. Judging from the number of unnerved post-Palin...

  • Richard Lewis, comedian from heaven

    By Jay Firestone

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The husband from hell. The uncle from hell. The comedian from hell. Richard Lewis is fully aware he has problems. And by the end of his set, his stand-up audiences know he has problems.

    Known as comedy's "Prince of Pain," he is a comedian who feeds off his own neuroses and is doing...

  • Depression grips Sderot as rockets continue to fall

    By Dina Kraft

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A warm, late-autumn sun spills over empty swing sets and slides. The children of this working-class border town have no time to play. Listening for alerts of falling rockets from Gaza, they scurry between home and school.

    It's a routine that has intensified in recent weeks, with the...

  • Scenes from 50 years of marriage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An acquaintance of mine, the late screenwriter Michael Blankfort, wrote a book with my favorite title, "I Didn't Know I Would Live So Long."
     
    If I were to write a sequel, it would be, "I Didn't Know I Would Be Married for 50 Years, and to the Same Woman."
     
    Well, Rachel and I are...
  • Oprah ... Shoah ... Shoah ... Oprah

    By Rob Eshman

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is how naive I am: I never understood why Primo Levi killed himself. I'd long admired and devoured the works of the Italian chemist who wrote of his experiences surviving the Holocaust. When he committed suicide in 1987, at the age of 67, I couldn't fathom it. Hadn't he survived...

  • Bebe and Me

    By J. Keith van Straaten

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A lot of people my age feel pressure from their families to get married, but I think my not being married is the only thing keeping my grandmother alive. Bebe often tells me she just wants to live long enough to see my wedding. I'll say "I do" and then she'll immediately keel over....

  • ‘Bonkers’ Finds Humor in Hell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I personally detest theater as therapy," Julianne Grossman said. "I don't want to see someone 'catharsis-izing' all over me in an attempt to heal themselves."

    Her mordantly funny monologue, "From Bonkers to Botox," chronicles her suicidal depression of 2002. But it is not, she...

  • Helping Your Parent Defeat Depression

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sally H., an 80-year-old Fairfax resident, recently fell into inconsolable sadness after her canary died. To her family, her intense and prolonged sorrow seemed out of place because Sally had only bought the pet a few months earlier.

    "It was only a bird!" they said.

    What her...

  • Prozac Jewess

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When my therapist suggested that I consider taking antidepressants, I panicked.

    "But what about my dating life?" I shot back. Never mind that I rarely shower before dinnertime (which, come to think of it, might also be affecting my dating life). For the past several months, I've...

  • Between a Couch and a Hard Place

    By Carmela Ciuraru

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We never feel quite so much ourselves as when we are seduced -- a feeling no less intoxicating or sublime when the seducer happens to be a therapist, even when no sex is involved. In her latest book, "The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy," Bonnie...

  • An Affair to Remember: Hollywood and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oscar night is almost upon us, and there is considerable talk (and pride) about three of the chief contenders -- Halle Berry, Will Smith and Denzel Washington -- all of whom are black. But don't be fooled: Hollywood and the film industry is still primarily a Jewish story, no matter...

  • Spartacus’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "My Stroke of Luck" by Kirk Douglas (William Morrow, $22.95)

    Five years ago, Kirk Douglas, the legendary tough guy of 84 movies, decided to end his life.

    A stroke had left him speechless -- an actor's worst nightmare. A painful compressed spine reminded him constantly of an earlier...

  • Guide for the Depressed

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days are a time for contemplation, a time to give thanks, to repent for the wrongs of the past year and seek forgiveness from those you may have hurt and especially from God.

    But what if you're not feeling either grateful or repentant? What if the past year has been...

  • Leading With His Left

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman's art-filled home on a quiet, verdant Brentwood street is a world away from the gritty industrial world in which he lived as a child during the Depression and again as a young man on the cusp of World War II. But it's his experiences in that world of...

  • Winona Ryder—Girl Interrupted

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At first glance, the author Susanna Kaysen and the actress Winona Ryder have little in common. Kaysen, who is in her 50s and the author of several well-received volumes, grew up upper-middle-class and Jewish in Cambridge, MA and is the daughter of an economics professor. And Ryder,...
  • Singles

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I'm not mental. Really. I'm not manic-depressive,hypomanic, borderline schizophrenic or psychotic. I don't hear voicesor imagine I'm being followed by Marie Osmond. I don't have tics or acompulsive need to wash my hands or avoid cracks in thesidewalk.

    Like a lot of people, I could...

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