Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wishing You a Healthy New Year!



Mental Health Monday–Stay In and Write Poetry

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Why not something less clinical,
like the sunset blues?
or perhaps, rather, winter’s spell?
Till autumn recalls April, dues
are paid in sunshine,
a loss that lights the shortened fuse,
turning kin into things unkind,
thoughts to puddled mud.
Watch a grandfather clock unwind
until one’s sense of bad and good
looms inconsistent
as his or her shifting mood,
where nothing makes an impression,
huddled under cover,
but this dissembling depression
over the life of friend and lover,
waiting for the swell
of spring, when hell freezes over.
John Pidgeon
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Taken wihout permission from Journal of the American Medical Association, 2009, Volume 301(2)

It’s Another Mental Health Monday


We should probably try to remember, now that we may have a few moments to think about it, that multiple deployments are ruining the lives of many Americans.  Next time you voice support for the effort, think about who is paying the price.

This post will be updated.

His love for us was so great,

that even from Beyond the Grave, this wonderful, kind, and always smiling Man is still trying to save you from liberals . No wonder we love him so much.

St. Ronald speaks out against Medicare

Things to be thankful for this holiday season

American life expectancy is shorter than countries like Finland, Sweden and Denmark. One of the legacies of American Conservatism is the gift of having to put up with fewer years of the creeping socialized medicine ruining this country, thereby reducing  just yet another indignity of old age.

We love you, Ronny!

Mental Health Monday (because it’s Monday somewhere.)

(No, actually, it’s not. You’re just late.)

you can leave out the Knives and nooses, at least until new year’s.

North Pole Coroner, Ülf Bjøngerøgekkøn, ruled out foul play, saying that the Good Saint's death was a suicide.

Right about now the usual talk about the holidays and depression starts to circulate, and we take it as axiomatic that some people are going to spiral into a family/excess expense/sugarplum-fueled vortex of despair. But, wait, there’s good news! In the category of things-you-won’t-believe-but-are-nonetheless-true, falls the myth about suicide and Christmas.


Researchers Simon Carley and Mark Hamilton reviewed 16 papers on the Christmas-New Year’s season (Emerg Med J 2004 21: 716-717), and found that suicide and parasuicide rates go down around Christmas. They do, however, rise slightly at the start of the New Year.

Despondent? Celebrate with those you love, and don’t go home alone.

Mental Health Monday

From a paper by John Cacioppo, PhD:

Social isolation is typically defined in the epidemiological
literature in terms of a few simple indexes
such as marital status, contact with a close friend,
religious member, and member of voluntary groups.
The literature on the hypothesized human need to
belong, in contrast, has emphasized the psychological
impact of social interactions and relationships rather
than their presence or absence (eg, 5). Although a
measure of marital status, contact with family and
friends, church membership, and/or membership in
voluntary groups may correlate with feelings of social
isolation, the correlation is imperfect for several reasons.
Time spent alone can foster restoration or constructive
efforts rather than feelings of isolation, for
instance, and conflicts with marital partners and
friends can create feelings of loneliness as well as
elevations in autonomic function and stress hormones
over extended periods (6). Even church membership,
an index of social integration, can produce feelings of
conflict and isolation (7).

(Think about this before you head to midnight mass. )