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Why the U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Hospital Beds

Why the U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Hospital Beds: Sometimes too much efficiency can be a bad thing Excerpts from an article by Stephen Mihm,    March 13, 2020, 8:00 AM PDT,], “Given the possible influx of patients sickened by the new coronavirus, how much of a surge can U.S. hospitals accommodate? “Not as much as you …

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COMMENTARY: Stop Scapegoating Mental Illness for Mass Violence

  The following is the transcript of a video presentation by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, which was published in MedScape on August 6, 2019: COMMENTARY Stop Scapegoating Mental Illness for Mass Violence This transcript has been edited for clarity. This past weekend, in a little over 24 hours, gun violence claimed the lives of 30 …

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Trump Administration Attempts Censoring Center for Disease Control’s Use of Words

The following is excerpted from MedScape:   COMMENTARY:  Censoring the CDC Is Scary and Crazy, Says Ethicist Arthur L. Caplan, PhD.  December 18, 2017.  In Medscape   What Kind of Government Bans Legitimate Words? On Friday, December 15, the Washington Post reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been banned from …

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The Resurgence of Patriarchy and On Being a Feminist Therapist

Terry Real, a family and couples therapist in Boston, writes extensively on how traditional masculinity can be damaging to marriage.  I agree with his positions completely, and since he has written so well on the issue I am just going to share the following quotes from his recent article. “The election of Donald Trump and …

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Dan McSwain tackles our response To Homelessness in the SD Union Tribune

“More people are living and dying, miserable and filthy, on our sidewalks, parks and canyons… Most of the suffering is unnecessary. “From 2007 (when counting methods were standardized) to 2015, the nation’s overall number of unsheltered homeless people fell 32 percent to 173,268 people. Over the same eight years, the number increased 24 percent in San …

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The best way to end homelessness is to give homeless people a home.

I know this doesn’t have to do much with therapy, but I wanted to share this. Utah gives homeless people their own home. The program, called Housing First, started In 2005. Many temporary homeless have suffered economic dislocation, but of course many chronic homeless  have psychological problems and/or substance abuse issues. Putting someone into permanent …

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Best Book This Year: Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow is a must read for those interested in how our minds work. Kahneman is most famous for receiving the Nobel Prize In Economics for his work on Behavioral Finance, quite an achievement for a non-Economist. His recent books gives formal shape and systematizes the paradigm-shift from our cultural understanding of …

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