When ‘Sitting is the New Smoking’ is Ever So Briefly “Supernatural”

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Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

Between Empire and Infinitely Polar Bear, bipolar disorder seems to be having a moment in popular culture right now…which is awesome! As a graduate student in the early 1990s, I was taught about stigma associated with mental health issues. Hopefully, people with bipolar disorder and their family and friends will see themselves in these portrayals and… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

FEMA’s Rapid Response to “House of Cards”

I enjoy watching the Netflix original show House of Cards! I studied politics and health policy because I want to have a role in improving the quality of information that informs our health policy decisions. I am also intrigued by the drama of the political process. Elections, public opinion polls, news coverage and political events pit passionate… Continue reading FEMA’s Rapid Response to “House of Cards”

AP Encore! Features Movie that Also Raises Alzheimer Awareness

Next on my list of movies to see is “Still Alice.” I have heard great things about this movie, including rave reviews about Julianne Moore’s performance. I have to admit that I have been avoiding it, in part, because I am guessing I will be pretty emotional for parts of it. I am a professor.… Continue reading AP Encore! Features Movie that Also Raises Alzheimer Awareness

‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

Copied from The Hollywood Reporter “Please Like Me Star on How Family Mental Health Struggles Inspired His Show” by Aaron Couch on September 22, 2914 Making an autobiographical TV show can be dangerous for your personal relationships — but Australian comedian Josh Thomas has managed to use everything from his parents’ divorce to his mother’s struggles with mental health… Continue reading ‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

by Emily Orley, September 25, 2014 on BuzzFeed

With showrunner Jason Katims’ raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum.

(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)
(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)

Autism Speaks, resource, advocacy and community “to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

In the Aftermath of Robin’s William’s Life and Death

I am old enough to remember Robin Williams’ signature roles and his signature comedic style.  I enjoyed Mork & Mindy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting…and more of his work…contributions to our life and culture. It saddens me to think about him, and anyone, losing the battle against a mental illness, addiction… Continue reading In the Aftermath of Robin’s William’s Life and Death

A Dramatic Take on Love and Loss and Hospital Care

Last week I saw Love Alone by Deborah Salem Smith at Playmakers Theater in Chapel Hill, N.C. According the playbill: …Love Alone deftly engages several seminal debates of our cultural moment, including the effectiveness of our health are system, escalating litigation and its impact on doctor-patient dynamics, and the status of women in male-dominated professions.… Continue reading A Dramatic Take on Love and Loss and Hospital Care

“Love Alone:” A Dramatic Play on the Impact of Medical Errors

Today, I heard an interview about a health care issue that can be devastating in more ways than one: medical errors. Check out the “The Aftermath of Medical Mistakes” interview today on The State of Things on NPR. Then, stay tuned for the Encore! after I watch the show in early March 2014. UPDATE 3-19-14:… Continue reading “Love Alone:” A Dramatic Play on the Impact of Medical Errors