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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Guide

Introduction It’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. For as much as we don’t like having the conversation, we need to have the conversation. This Straight,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2019

Promoting Autism Awareness

Introduction It’s National Autism Awareness Month. We want you to have accurate information about the spectrum of disorders. Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 1, 2019

Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week

Introduction It’s Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week. We want you to take just a few moments and think about the possibility that someone you care for could be aff
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 25, 2019

Stalking Awareness

Introduction Stalking awareness conversations aren’t held very often. However, the scope of stalking is wide enough, and stalking is common enough, that you should know about it.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 28, 2019

Tips to Deal with Depression and The Holiday Blues

Introduction Have the holiday blues? I don’t mean to bring anyone down during what is supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but in reality there are many peop
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 21, 2018

Domestic Violence Abuse – How to Get Out of an Abusive Situation

Introduction Remember: You are not to blame, and you need not face domestic violence alone. How would you escape eminent domestic violent abuse?. This is the third post in a Straig
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 21, 2018

Identifying Risks of Domestic Violence

Introduction Lower your risks of domestic violence. Today we point to knowledge as the key to preventing potential life-threatening episodes in the household. This is the second i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 2018

Focus on Domestic Violence

Introduction October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, although it doesn’t take a break during other months. Are you concerned about domestic violence? Probably, you shou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 19, 2018

Depression – How to Avoid It, When to Get Help

Introduction This is the third post in a series on depression and suicide. In our first post, we focused on the magnitude of  clinical depression and suicide. In the second post,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 10, 2018

Are You Depressed and/or Suicidal?

Introduction In our first post on clinical depression and suicide, we looked at the scope of the disease, and in the next post we will provide tips for you to address depression a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 9, 2018

Personality Disorders Screening Quiz – Now It’s Your Turn!

Introduction – Personality Disorders Screening Quiz First of all, it’s been an interesting week of responses from you on the series of personality disorders. The most commo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 8, 2018

Obsessive-Compulsive, Avoidant and Dependent Personality Disorders

Introduction – Personality Disorders Part 4 The final group of personality disorders we will review involves excessive fears expressed through thoughts or behaviors. They inc
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 7, 2018

Narcissistic, Histrionic, Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders

Introduction – Personality Disorders Part 3 Again, we must start with a disclaimer about personality disorders. We don’t want all the armchair psychiatrists out there t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 6, 2018

Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders

Introduction – Personality Disorders Part 2 First of all, what do you really know about paranoid and other personality disorders? Maybe you are reading this because you may b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 5, 2018

Understanding Personality Disorders

Introduction – Understanding Personality Disorders, Part 1 Personality disorders are a much bigger deal than we make them. In fact, we really take mental health for granted.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 4, 2018

Challenges to Your Mental Health and Happiness

Introduction You all have challenges to your mental health and happiness. We are mindful that there are as many of you unsuccessful as there are successful in navigating these cha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 3, 2018

Fibromyalgia – Facts and Controversies

Previously, Straight, No Chaser has discussed the frustration of uncertainty some patients have with having symptoms and not being given a diagnosis (much less a cure). Imagine i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 26, 2018

The Other Side of 40 – The Cerebrovascular System (Your Brain) – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

Last but not least, in the last part of this series, let’s talk about your brain. But first a summary comment. Life after 40 poses both opportunity and obstacles. 35 to 40 is eit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Suicide – Crisis on Campus

I  had the privilege of spending time at my alma mater addressing issues on behalf of students and mental health services. Among many other things discussed, I was shocked by the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Self-Assessment for Signs of Early Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Each of us has elderly family members for whom we may be concerned about their memory or other possible signs of dementia. You don’t have to stand by powerless and let them dwin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 21, 2018
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