Friday, March 27, 2015

Mental Illness

Examining lovesickness: DSM vs. Springsteen diagnostics

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last May the American Psychiatric Association released the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, known as DSM-V. Sometimes called the “Bible of Psychiatry,” the DSM-V provoked complaints about the diagnostic criteria it included, whether new diagnoses... Read more

Changing the rules of PTSD

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 AM
Last week, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies had its annual meeting in Philadelphia. I was there, and discussions abound about “Criterion A.” Contrary to what its name might suggest, Criterion A is not a vitamin, nor is it a short-course bicycle race. Criterion A defines... Read more

‘Orange is the New Black’ says a lot of what we need to hear about prison

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
Have you seen Netflix’s new critically acclaimed series Orange is the New Black? If you haven’t, you should. The series, based on the real life experiences of Piper Kerman, who served over a year in federal prison for her involvement in a drug trafficking scheme, offers a gripping look... Read more

‘Railway spine’? ‘Soldier’s heart’? Try ‘PTSD.’

Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:47 PM
June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month. Sure, there are months for almost every medical condition imaginable. But this month’s designation, which came about after Congress named June 27th national PTSD awareness day just last year, is a symbolic milestone in the mental... Read more

Can flu cause mental illness?

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30 AM
In a Psych. 101 class many years ago, I remember learning that some mental disorders were more common among people born in winter and spring. The reason was unclear. I pretty much forgot about this interesting factoid until reading about a recent study that found evidence of a link between some... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

The science of gun violence

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Things to talk about when we talk about Newtown, mental health, and guns: 1. “The vast majority of violence in our society is not perpetuated by persons with serious mental illness... Read more

Genes don't explain Newtown. Autism certainly doesn't.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the awful tragedy in Newtown, Conn., some pundits are already trying to peer into the mind of the killer, making misbegotten claims about the cause and nature of his violent act. On Wednesday, it was announced that Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, had... Read more

'Kings Park' calls attention to continuing crisis in mental health care

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 12:57 PM
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution, a deeply moving and disturbing new documentary film from director Lucy Winer, will be screened this Monday night at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. If you’ve got plans cancel them. Go see this incredible account... Read more

Thinking beyond Penn State . . . sexual abuse kills

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:47 AM
There has been a lot of talk about why those at Pennsylvania State University did not report suspicions of child sexual abuse to authorities, much of it focused on the unique culture of the college football monolith. But the reluctance to report child sexual abuse is not a phenomenon exclusive to State... Read more
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What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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