Role of art in science, education and medicine

For centuries art has been used as a universal method of communication.  Art can portray outer and inner beauty, emotional state, or a fleeting feeling.  It can attract a viewer's attention to the big picture by portraying an overarching message, or a tiny detail emphasizing a very personal experience.  Here I will describe how scientifically... Continue Reading →

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Creating retrospective art stories

I was never a big fan of English classes in school. I really like to read, but it always irked me when a teacher would ask us questions about what the author may have meant to be read "between the lines". Unless the author wrote an autobiography, there is no way to know and therefore... Continue Reading →

Epilepsy awareness 

Experiencing an epileptic seizure can be quite scary. It comes as a wave of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms. These symptoms can range from feeling lightly nauseous and unsteady, to exhibiting uncontrollable jerking movements and losing consciousness. It can be debilitating, not only at the... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Tuesday: Mental Health

This is a great topic for raising awareness in the fields of neurology and psychiatry.

Fox on an Island

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I work in mental health as well as have mental health issues of my own, and have found reading books about mental health to be illuminating and at times quite reassuring when it comes to my own anxiety and depression. As someone who works in the field of mental health I also think it is extremely important for people to talk about it! I feel like we are moving beyond the days when admitting you were depressed was shameful and embarrassing, but there is still a lot of stigma left to overcome. In this weeks top 10 I’ve got some novels about depressed characters, a couple of fictionalized experiences by women who were treated in mental health facilities, a few memoirs, and some poetry and writing by women who themselves were ill and ultimately committed suicide. It sounds like a downer but there are some really powerful and beautifully written…

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