PTSD: Another Name for the Old Invisible Wound of War
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is the modern manifestation of what we have long recognized as the effect that war can have on a soldier’s mental health. (It was called “war neurosis” during the French Revolution, “soldier’s heart” in the Civil War, and “shell shock” in World War I.)
The Wednesday 5: Military Women in Film
In this week’s Wednesday 5, as we continue to carry on the spirit of Memorial Day, we are thinking of our military women and their presence and portrayals in film and documentaries.
Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference
By Deborah Harkins
“So many people see religion as a source of division and violence,” notes Dr. Sarah Sayeed. “Islam in particular is in the limelight right now as the most divisive or the most violent religion . . . but there’s so much beauty in it, so much inspiration for so many people around the world!”
Tech Tuesday: Personalized Health and Fitness Apps
By Amy Blum
Gaining access to your personal data—your calorie intake, sleep schedule, and daily exercise regimen—is empowering. By taking advantage of these monitoring and motivational apps, you can stay healthy and get fit your way.
Traumatic Brain Injury: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Soldiers With Hidden Wounds
By Dr. Baxter Allen
Between 2000 and 2014, the Department of Defense reported 320,334 total head injuries, approximately 64,000 of which occurred in active duty.
Patriotism at Its Best: Memorial Day in Orient, New York
By Barbara Fertig
In Orient, it is the citizens themselves who march—not bystanders, but celebrants in a quiet (except for the sirens) ritual. That it continues with so little change has everything to do, I believe, with an emphasis on remembrance and participation.
Poetry Sunday: “One to Watch, and One to Pray,” by Camille Dungy
The main strategy at work in this poem is repetition of words and phrases, like the unforgettable “we passed the baby over the bed.”
The Grocery-List Tattoo
By Molly Fisk
I’m going to start writing grocery lists on my arm, so I don’t forget the milk. Younger people will think I’m nuts, but I don’t mind.
Fitness Saturday: Sumo Stance Good Mornings
By Cassidy Watton
Flexibility directly dictates how mobile you will be as time goes by. A vibrant and active woman’s mobility is of the highest importance! This week’s exercise takes care of both.
Fashion Friday: That Linen Feeling
Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic.
‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.
The Wednesday 5: A Few Brave Women
In this week’s Wednesday 5: one woman’s empowering decision to have a “nude” photo shoot, a mother’s moving photos of her inseparable little girls, it just might be that the art world’s obsession with youth is fading, five Indian women whose lives led to landmark judgments or laws, and how to talk to your kids about the contributions of African-American women.
‘Mad Men’ Finale: I’d Like to Buy Matt Weiner a Coke
By Alexandra MacAaron
In this giant gift of a final episode, we’re left with a very comfortable sense of hope. After 92 fairly gritty hours, happy endings—no matter how unlikely—are welcome.
Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.
Poetry Sunday: “That Year I Read Anne Frank’s Diary,” by Susan Cohen
How does this poet make it new, this story we know so well? One way is by bringing Anne Frank close with an intimate conversational tone (“Did she have the same trouble with her hair?”). Another is through vivid figurative language like “shy as my buds of breasts” and the potent image and sound of “soot twin.”