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Should cannibis be used as harm reduction treatment for opioid addiction?

From Medscape Psychiatry, 02/12/19, by Alicia Ault Thirty-three states, Washington, DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico have legalized cannabis for medical use, and 10 states and Washington, DC, have legalized it for recreational use, according to the National Council on State Legislatures. Both New York and Illinois recently amended medical marijuana laws in favor of cannabis as a substitute, which was another factor in writing the article, said Saitz. New York issued emergency regulation...
Tags: Health, New York, Washington Dc, Illinois, Infertility, Puerto Rico, David G Markham, Alicia Ault, Washington DC Guam, Medscape Psychiatry, Saitz

The diffrence between schooling and education

"The country where free public education was born struggles with the concept of what education is, what is should accomplish, and how it should approach the child." p. 239 The Whole Parenting Guide by Alan Reder, Phil Catalfo, and Stephanie Renfrow Hamilton "As a society, we have erred in assuming that education should be something done to our kids by some external agent called 'school' and that it should conclude when a person finishes formal schooling and begins a career. The shallowness...
Tags: Health, America, Infertility, Don, David G Markham, Alan Reder Phil Catalfo, Stephanie Renfrow Hamilton

What's the deal with textbooks?

Editor's note:Here at Markham's Behavioral Health we are interested in education, how people learn, the function of education in society, how it constributes to human development etc.In 1986, my ex wife, Angela, and I started homeschooling four of our nine children. One of the big things I learned was the great variability in textbooks, how they are chosen by school districts, how teachers use them in their classrooms etc. I learned that some textbooks are very helpful in learning about a subjec...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Angela, Markham, David G Markham

NPR - How teens feel about guns in America

 Editor's note: Besides the Opioid epidemic, drunk driving injuries and deaths, there is no greater public health threat to the safety and well being of Americans that the prevalence and incidence of gun violence. These public health problems are directly related to the mental health of Americans. [Author: David G. Markham]
Tags: Health, America, Npr, Infertility, David G Markham

78% of Americans support immigration of highly skilled people

Click on image to enlarge Editor's note:For all the scare mongering the Trumpists do about immigration, most Americans support, 78% support immigration of highly skilled people. Thank goodness! The endodontist who did my last root canal told me he was from Libya. The surgeon who removed my malignant melanoma told me he was from Lebanon. The urological resident I just saw for my prostrate related UTI told me he was from Syria. When he told me he and his family was from Syria I started to weep...
Tags: Health, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Infertility, David G Markham

7 common questions about workplace romance

Editor's note:These questions often come up in counseling and, in general, workplace romance is always a bad idea. If it develops, at least one of the partners has to decide what's more important: the romantic relationship or the job? One has to go. Except in very exceptional circumstances both are not sustainable.As a manager in human service agencies, romantic relationships contaminate the team morale and contribute to staff splitting. The milieu quickly becomes toxic and it is a paramount sup...
Tags: Health, Infertility, David G Markham

Are school lock down drills a good idea

On January 30, 2019, MBH reported some of the data about school lockdowns.Here's an interesting video from PBS about this phenomenon: [Author: David G. Markham]
Tags: Health, Education, Pbs, Infertility, David G Markham

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exposes the problem of corporate money in politics

Editor's note:Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez does a great job exposing the corruption of our federal government. It is very enlightening to see how easily the game is played with corporate money buying our government. [Author: David G. Markham]
Tags: Health, Infertility, David G Markham, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio Cortez

What are nine signs of burnout?

What are nine signs of burnout?Skipping lunch.Dreaming about work.Playing the hero.No time for friends.Can't remember the last real vacation.Poor sleep.Negative attitude and irritability.Never feel great.Missing deadlines For more click here. Editor's note: I often meet with people who have been diagnosed by their PCP with anxiety and depression and who have been given medications. When we discuss their situations, it becomes clear that they are suffering from burnout. Medications aren't go...
Tags: Health, Infertility, David G Markham

What would you ask a philosopher?

If you could, what would you like to ask a philosopher?For more click here.Editor's note:There are five basic philosophical questions which we all struggle with throughtout our lives:Why was I born?What is the purpose of my life?What happens when I die?What is the good life?What will make me happy? [Author: David G. Markham]
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Success stories - V.A. Wait Times Now Shorter Than for Private Doctors

From New York Times on 01/22/19 Wait times for an appointment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have decreased since 2014 and are now, on average, shorter than those in the private sector, a new study shows. Researchers used V.A. data to calculate wait times for about 17 million appointments. The public sector data came from a survey conducted by a physicians’ search firm in nearly 2,000 medical offices in 30 major and midsize metropolitan areas. The study, in JAMA Network Open, covered f...
Tags: Health, Success Stories, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, Infertility, Talkin, Johnny Winter, David G Markham, Markham s Behavioral Health, Organizational Performance, Health Care Delivery, V.A

Media literacy - Can you believe your lyin eyes?

Editor's note: An area why this idea of misperception is especially egregious is in witness testimony in criminal trials where innocent people are falsely identified and purported to have done things they did not do. Witness testimonies are often inaccurate and unreliable. We tend to see what we think we should see rather than what is really there. [Author: David G. Markham]
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Media narrative about gun violence is not based on the facts

From Psychatric Services, December, 2018 by Jeffrey Swanson Since 2000, more than 1.5 million people in the United States have been injured by a firearm, and a half-million have died. This total surpasses the combined U.S. military combat death toll of World Wars I and II. Of these gun deaths, 59% were suicides, and 37% were homicides ( 1 ). Mass shootings accounted for less than one-tenth of 1% ( 2 ).  Still, the national conversation about gun violence tends to focus on senseless rampages b...
Tags: Health, Guns, United States, Infertility, David G Markham, Jeffrey Swanson, False Narrative

Record number of firearms found by TSA at U.S. airports

From The Week on 02/08/19 Record 4,200 firearms found at airport checkpoints last year A record 4,200 guns were confiscated at U.S. airport checkpoints nationwide last year, according to a government tally released Thursday. The figure marked a 7 percent increase over the previous year. The guns were found at 249 airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The most guns were found in states with loose gun laws in the Sun Belt, from Georgia to Arizona. Guns were fo...
Tags: Health, Cbs News, Georgia, Tsa, Infertility, Dallas Fort Worth, Sun Belt, David G Markham, David Pekoske, Arizona Guns

What about biased punishing of black girls in our society?

Dr. Monique W. Morris gave an interesting TED talk which was published on 02/05/19 about black girls being unfairly targeted for punishment in schools.Dr. Morris' talk led to my thinking about Sandra Bland and Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele who started and organized Black Lives Matter and wrote the book, "When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir."When people deny that racism exists they are ignorant of some basic facts and dynamics in our society. Dr. Morris in 14 minu...
Tags: Health, Black Lives Matter, Infertility, Sandra Bland, Morris, David G Markham, Patrisse Khan Cullors, Monique W Morris, Asha Bandele

Availability of guns increases the risk of suicide

From Psychiatric Services, December, 2018" The national attention currently focused on reducing gun violence provides an opportunity to consider how to use this momentum to make significant headway in preventing suicide. Year after year, about two-thirds of all firearm deaths are suicides ( 1 ).  Evidence indicates that the availability of firearms is related to suicide rates.  In regions that experience changes in levels of gun availability, suicide rates change in the same direction; peop...
Tags: Health, Guns, Suicide, Infertility, David G Markham

MBH index - Composition of 116th congress of the United States

number of member of the House of Representatives in the United States = 435Length of term of a member of the House of Representatives = 2 yearsNumber of representatives in the Democratic party = 235Number of representatives in the Republican party = 198Number of representatives who are female = 102 = 23%Percentage of Republican representatives who are white men = 90%Number of representatives who are Muslim women = 2 [Author: David G. Markham]
Tags: Health, United States, House Of Representatives, Infertility, MBH, David G Markham

Cannibis use disorder lower in states with liberal policies on cannibis availability

Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. However, the rates of cannabis use disorder -- abuse or dependence on the drug -- were significantly lower in states with more liberal policies compared to states with more conservative policies, for ages 12 to 17, and ...
Tags: Health, Public Health, Infertility, David G Markham, Social Policy, Cannibis, Substance abuse prevention

New York leads the nation on gun legislation

From Pew Stateline on 02/07/19 New York hadn’t passed a comprehensive gun control package since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The legislature in 2013 passed a law that limited high-capacity magazines, implemented universal background checks and revoked the gun licenses and weapons of the severely mentally ill. Democrats, after winning control of the state Senate in November, immediately started work to approve more bills. The legisla...
Tags: Health, New York, Senate, Andrew Cuomo, Infertility, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Connecticut, David G Markham, Pew Stateline

Do you have the integrity and courage to take the road less taken?

Had a discussion Monday with a 30 year old client who has been struggling to discern his calling in life. He told me how he had started down a path the last couple of months and decided last Friday that it wasn't for him.He shared with me the relief he felt in deciding not to continue to struggle with something that just didn't seem right for him. His major fear, he told me, was disappointing the people who had been cheering him on.Well, "to thine own self be true" and if one lives one's life fo...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Robert Frost, Rilke, David G Markham

Health insurance uninsured goes up since individual mandate eliminated

Click on image to enlarge From Gallup report on 01/23/19 The uninsured rate rose for most subgroups in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the same quarter in 2016, when the uninsured rate was lowest. Women, those living in households with annual incomes of less than $48,000 per year, and young adults under the age of 35 reported the greatest increases. Those younger than 35 reported an uninsured rate of over 21%, a 4.8-point increase from two years earlier. And the rate among women -- w...
Tags: Health, United States, Infertility, South, East, David G Markham, West Midwest, Health Care Delivery

More Americans are understanding that climate change is real

From New York Times on 01/22/19 by John Schwartz Click on image to enlarge "A record number of Americans understand that climate change is real, according to a new survey, and they are increasingly worried about its effects in their lives today. Some 73 percent of Americans polled late last year said that global warming was happening, the report found, a jump of 10 percentage points from 2015 and three points since last March. The rise in the number of Americans who say global warming is ...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, New York Times, Infertility, Exxon Mobile, John Schwartz, David G Markham

What do medical social workers do?

From The Cavalier Daily on 01/23/19 by Zoe Ziff The following describes the role of Medical Social Workers at the University of Viginia Hospital "Medical social workers are integral parts of the hospital and oversee much of the non-medical aspects of a patient’s recovery. Their duties include assessing the social and psychological states of the patient, leading counseling and group therapy sessions, working with loved ones on a plan of treatment after discharge from the hospital and refe...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Social Workers, David G Markham, Kojo, Medical Social Work, Zoe Ziff, Medical Social Workers, University of Viginia Hospital Medical, Repaske

Can we overcome the psychosis in our society and come to "really see?"

Tim Folger writes in the forward to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 about the corruption of speech in our national conversations facilitated by cable news and social media. Mr. Folger points out that this corruption was foretold by George Orwell in his novel 1984 when he coined the term "Newspeak." This idea of the creation of propaganizing memes is at the heart of what is being called in the Trumpian age, "fake news.""Early in 2017, for some strange reason, George Orwell’s Nin...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Department Of Defense, George Orwell, Infertility, Orwell, Oceania, Marianne Williamson, David G Markham, Folger, Tim Folger, Ministry of Peace Oceania, Kean Sam

Games people play - "Be Afraid" on the Macro level

"That thing that you do," or "that thing that always happens to you" is the key idea of Schema therapy.Back in the 60s this idea of repetitive patterns of behavior was popularized as Games People Play by Eric Berne, the father of Transactional Analysis.Several decades later the idea of dysfunctional repetitive patterns of behavior became offical with the DSM - III (Diagnoses and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, third edition) axis 2 diagnoses of personality disorders....
Tags: Health, England, Germany, Iraq, Russia, America, Afghanistan, Parliament, George W Bush, Infertility, Trump, Eric Berne, Gestapo, David G Markham, Hermann Goering Hitler

What do Child Protective Workers think about their jobs?

Child Protective Workers in Hennepin County Minnesota describe their work. Hennepin County gets 20,000 CPS reports per year which is 60 per day. This video was published on 01/15/19. [Author: David G. Markham]
Tags: Health, Child protection, Infertility, Cps, Hennepin County, David G Markham, Hennepin County Minnesota, Child Protective Workers

Is it helpful to talk about past abuse?

Question: Is it helpful to go back and talk about past abuse?Answer: It is to identify the trauma that occured so that the thoughts and feelings about it can be managed. Dr. Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, said that you can either talk it out or act it out. Children act things out all the time and their parents tell them, "Stop crying and use your words."Once the trauma has been identified strategies have to be developed to manage it to diminish or eliminate the influence that it has on on...
Tags: Health, Trauma, Infertility, Freud, David G Markham

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