mental health

Dr. Joyce Brothers: Her 5 Most Surprising TV Moments

Posted on 05/14/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyToday, when we’re feeling in need of advice or reassurance about our inner woes, we’re accustomed to turning on the TV and watching someone such as psychologist Phil McGraw or physician and addiction expert Drew Pinsky elicit epiphanies from troubled people right in front of the camera, and in the process dispense advice to millions. But it was Joyce Brothers, who died on May 13 at age 85 in Fort Lee, N.J., who invented the role of the TV psychologist in …

5 Ways to Deal With Surging Boomer Suicides

Posted on 05/6/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe image would be comic if it wasn’t so sad. Feeling hopeless and alone years ago, I remember holding a belt and looking at my shower curtain rod, wondering if it would hold my weight. I couldn’t have been too serious about harming myself with such a flimsy plan. That picture popped into my head last week when I heard the news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that more people now die by suicide than in …

‘Biggest Loser’s’ Joe Faces His ‘Makeover Reveal’

Posted on 03/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. WEEK 10 – “MAKEOVER REVEAL” “Success … to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition … this is to have succeeded” … Ralph Waldo Emerson. Week 10′s episode, “Makeover Reveal”, provided stunning evidence of the very essence of the word: renovate … restore … reinvigorate … refresh …

Thomas Szasz: The Rebel Who Changed Psychiatry

Posted on 09/17/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyDr. Thomas Szasz wasn’t a popular figure in his chosen specialty of psychiatry, in part because he denounced his colleagues as little more than quacks and questioned whether the disorders they were diagnosing even existed. Indeed, Szasz’s controversial 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, contained the mental health equivalent of the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to a church door in Wittenberg. Szasz, who died on Sept. 8 at age 92 at his home near Syracuse, N.Y.,  charged that there …

The Takeaway: Performing Helped Bruce Springsteen Cope With Severe Depression

Posted on 07/25/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy now, you may have heard about the New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen in which the now 62-year-old rocker talks about — gasp! — suffering from depression. The admission has swiftly been making the media rounds, because I guess it’s not every day that a symbol of good old-fashioned American working-class masculinity admits to something as unmanly as mental illness. And depression at that! Oh my. Generally when our rock stars have psychiatric problems, we like it to be something sexy, like drug addiction.

The Takeaway: Anxiety Could Make You Age Faster

Posted on 07/13/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAfraid of crowds? Heights? Spiders? If you suffer from one of these or other “phobic anxieties” — and about 6 to 10 percent of the American population does — it could mean you’ll age more rapidly than your non-phobic counterparts. In fact, a study published this week found that compared to a person with no phobic symptoms, seriously anxious individuals were aging about six years faster.