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Some Truths About Suicide

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 2:00pm

People in my generation are dying. By their own hands, according to a recent CDC report. The numbers are staggering. Did you know that 121 Americans die by suicide every day? Read More →

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Chicken Soup for Post-Election Gloom and Doom

8 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 8:01am

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Over the past weekend, I ran into a couple of writer friends in the coffee shop downstairs from the Politics and Prose bookstore in DC. Are you here for the reading? I asked. I was there to see Beverly Lowry present her new book, Who Killed These Girls, about the yogurt shop murders in Austin, Texas in 1991.

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Health and Fitness

ICU Stays Are Linked to Depression in Johns Hopkins Study

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 19, 2016 9:35am


Nearly one in three patients released from the Intensive Care Unit could be diagnosed with clinical depression, a new Johns Hopkins study suggests. Read More →

Health and Fitness

Johns Hopkins Creates Teen Depression App

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 9:36am


Approximately one in five teenagers suffers from depression, but providing treatment for this group is often tricky. That’s one reason why some psychologists are turning to technology to help connect teenagers with the mental health care they need. Read More →

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Hot Mess: A Confession

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 10:19am


University of Baltimore MFA student Mandy May considers the messes of her past, present, and future–she’s so darned charming about it, you’ll want to help her sweep them up.

I tore into the room my older sister, Tara, and I shared. I was already screaming—guttural not princess. There were pink gingham curtains and matching twin beds. My anger burned at the center of my breastplate. It was irrational and sudden and molten under my skin. Read More →

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Tomorrow at the Ivy Bookshop- Emotional Health: Understanding And Managing Anxiety, Depression, And More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014 10:00am


Co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins University Press and the Johns Hopkins Healthy Living Program

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 7:00pm


Francis Mondimore, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins and is the director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he leads a team of clinicians specializing in the care of persons with mood disorders. Current research projects at Bayview include a two-year study to identify genetic markers that will predict lithium effectiveness in patients with bipolar disorder and a study evaluating the clinical usefulness of a test predicting which psychotropic medications will be most effective and best-tolerated for the treatment of depression.  Read More Here


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Staying Home: The World’s Most Awesome Dad Questions His Existence

11 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 9:30am

MrMom-Still3I had the good fortune of knowing I was going to be an awesome dad years before I inseminated my wife. I was director of a day camp for 10 years, the kids loved me, and I even look like Steve from “Blue’s Clues.” “You’re going to be an awesome dad,” the parents would tell me daily, and not just the single moms trying to get a piece of this. And by “this,” I of course mean free daycare. So inseminating my wife was a mere formality in collecting my prize as the World’s Most Awesome Dad. Read More →

Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

The Inexplicable Nature of Seed Pods

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 9:30am

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University of Baltimore MFA student Ian Anderson remembers his teenage summers at the beach with friends who were like brothers until they couldn’t be any longer.

I was sitting on the step in the garage of Greene’s Bike Rental with my summer friends, Dominic and Marty. Dominic was a year younger than me, wearing a long, white t-shirt and gym shorts—his uniform. Marty was a year older than me, but the shortest and with the kindest face. We were waiting for the cops to show up. Mr. Greene assured us the cops were coming, and our parents. I was 14 years old, an age when angry parents are infinitely worse than anything the judicial system can offer. Mr. Greene kept walking around the garage, cursing, coming back to us, saying, “you little shits,” and then walking around again. I was scared. I think Marty and Dominic were, too, but they didn’t show it, so I didn’t either. The garage door was open, framing a blue sky with cotton candy clouds, the kind you see on postcards. The wind was coming in off the sea, cooling the streets of Wildwood, where my family rented an apartment above my grandmother’s beach house every summer. It was a beautiful day outside, but we were in the garage. Read More →

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Meditation Helps Ease Anxiety and Depression, Johns Hopkins Says

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 10, 2014 9:21am

Photo by Sigurdas via Wikimedia

Photo by Sigurdas via Wikimedia

Ten percent of Americans take some form of medication to help deal with their anxiety and depression. But according to recent research from Johns Hopkins, they might consider just finding a peaceful spot and sitting quietly — because mindfulness-based meditation may be as effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as medication.
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Health and Fitness, Schools

Adolescent Depression Seminar for Students, Community

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 21, 2013 1:00pm

On Tuesday, October 22, Roland Park Country School will hold the fifth annual Robinson Health Colloquium, which this year focuses on adolescent depression awareness. The event features Karen L. Swartz, M.D., founder and Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), who will help educate the community about the medical illnesses of depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Swartz will address parents in the RPCS Sinex Theater at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. In addition to the evening program, RPCS will also host a panel of psychologists, pediatricians, and social workers, who will speak with the Upper School students during the school day. Mary Beth Marsden, news anchor at WBAL Radio, will be the moderator for the panel. Dr. Swartz will also hold a workshop with the faculty in the afternoon.

Karen L. Swartz, M.D. is an expert on mood disorders with a particular interest in women’s health. She is the Director of Clinical and Educational Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has also been the Director of the Affective Disorders Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins for over ten years.  Swartz received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995 followed by a fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

ADAP is a school-based program designed to educate high school students, faculty, and parents about adolescent depression. Depression affects approximately 5% of today’s teenagers, making it one of the most common illnesses teenagers face. ADAP aims to increase awareness about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment. Read More →

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