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My father disinherited me

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2006/may/20/familyandrelationships.features

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IMPORTANT FACTS FOR LEAVING SOMEONE OUT OF YOUR WILL

http://www.themckenziefirm.com/7-important-facts-for-leaving-someone-out-of-your-will/

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‘I fell out with my parents 33 years ago and they left me nothing

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11853052/I-fell-out-with-my-parents-33-years-ago-and-they-left-me-nothing.-Can-I-fight-the-will.html

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The Healing Power of Photographs

It is easy to deride “selfies” and the scads of photos that people today often compulsively take and share via their cellphones. But let’s not write them all off as meaningless. As I’ve seen in my parents’ remarkable journey from the doomed Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland, and in my psychiatry practice, photographs have immense power to heal. Continue reading “The Healing Power of Photographs”

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Hearing Voices and Psychiatry’s (Real) Medical Model

Most psychiatrists and psychologists are taught that engaging the voices is foolish and dangerous and that their content is random and meaningless. — Reader’s comment posted on STAT 1 Introduction Let’s say you are seeing a recently-bereaved woman in her 60s, whose husband died suddenly two weeks ago. Her response to the loss is consistent with grief, and she doesn’t fit DSM-5 criteria for a major depressive episode. However, she is anxious and alarmed because, as she puts it, ‘I heard my husband’s voice, clear as a bell, just as I was going to bed like he was right there in the room with me! Am I going crazy, doctor?’ As a psychiatrist, you are familiar with normal bereavement, you reassure the patient that auditory or visual hallucinations of the deceased loved one are often experienced during acute grief — and that this is not a sign of psychopathology. 2 And yet, one of the enduring myths about psychiatrists is that we rigidly apply ‘the medical model’ to persons who ‘hear

Source: Hearing Voices and Psychiatry’s (Real) Medical Model

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Frontotemporal Dementia: A Brain Disease That Challenges Definitions of Mental Illness

Every practicing psychiatrist has seen a patient whose presentation resembles Chad’s. Chad consulted me almost 2 decades ago, but I remember him well. It was a few months before his 60th birthday. He was “facing mortality” and thought he might be getting depressed. Chad complained of trouble concentrating and said that simple tasks like balancing his checkbook had become more difficult. His legal work no longer engaged him, and he was spending more time on the  Continue reading “Frontotemporal Dementia: A Brain Disease That Challenges Definitions of Mental Illness”

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The Well of Loneliness: Underneath the Cloak of The Alienator

http://wp.me/ptOau-3zM