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Choosing a Psychotherapist: Should Gender Matter?

8 Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 10:04:00 (EST)

On Monday, May 23, there was a front-page article in The New York Times titled, "Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find," by Benedict Carey. The gist of the article is that women have taken over the field of psychology and counseling, and that many men...

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We Can't Prevent Suicides and PTSD in the Military

Posted August 2, 2010 | 12:36:37 (EST)

The latest information released by the U.S. Army reveals that last year American soldiers attempted suicide at the rate of about 5/day. There were 160 successful suicides last year and during June the rate was 1/day. Military research has reported that one in ten Iraq veterans may develop a severe...

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Communicating With Patients in an Intensive Care Unit

Posted April 26, 2010 | 17:53:52 (EST)

For many years I would frequently perform psychiatric consultation or supervise the psychiatric care of patients in the intensive care setting of medical/surgical hospitals. This was quite a challenging task since at times the patient could not talk. They might have their jaw wired closed, or have tubes in their...

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Why Would Anyone Protest Against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia?

Posted March 25, 2010 | 12:00:31 (EST)

Court Hearing on April 8th


On the morning of April 8th the Federal Court in New York City will hear the oral argument in a Federal suits against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia University.

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Huge Compensation Packages Should Be Approved by Stockholders

Posted February 17, 2010 | 13:04:08 (EST)

WellPoint Insurance Company Wants A 25 % Increase From Policy Holders

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that WellPoint Inc., a subsidiary of Anthem Blue Cross, is planning to increase health insurance rates of its policy holders by an average of 25%, with some people facing as much...

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Why Hasn't President Obama Changed His Policy on Writing Letters of Condolence ?

Posted February 6, 2010 | 11:11:00 (EST)

The President is Still Not Writing Condolence Letters to Families of Soldiers who Have Committed Suicide
2010-02-05-Kiessling5.jpgWhy is it that President Obama hasn't changed the policy to say that he will write letters of condolence to the families of our combat soldiers who were psychologically...
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The Psychological Impact of Earthquake in Haiti

Posted February 2, 2010 | 12:48:19 (EST)

Initial Impact of the Trauma

We know that hundreds of thousand of men, women and children saw their homes, streets and cities destroyed before their eyes. They witnessed death and destruction above and beyond the usual human experience. The scenes of dead bodies in the streets with injured people with...

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