“The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain” And More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads! Lets begin!

1) The terrorist inside my husband’s brain

I am writing to share a story with you, specifically for you. My hope is that it will help you understand your patients along with their spouses and caregivers a little more. And as for the research you do, perhaps this will add a few more faces behind the why you do what you do.

I am sure there are already so many. This is a personal story, sadly tragic and heartbreaking, but by sharing this information with you I know that you can help make a difference in the lives of others.

As you may know, my husband Robin Williams had the little-known but deadly Lewy body disease (LBD). He died from suicide in 2014 at the end of an intense, confusing, and relatively swift persecution at the hand of this disease’s symptoms and pathology. He was not alone in his traumatic experience with this neurologic disease. As you may know, almost 1.5 million nationwide are suffering similarly right now.

2) High Suicide Risk in Elderly Who Self-Harm

Older adults who intentionally harm themselves are more likely to die by suicide, yet are often not referred for mental health services.

3) Big Data for Depression

One of the biggest challenges in treating depression is the ability to select the best treatment for a particular individual from among the many available options.

4) Psychogenic Death: Why Do Healthy People Give Up on Life?

A new report examines psychogenic death and hypothesizes that it follows a trajectory of progressive demotivation that may end in the death of physically healthy individuals.

5) Rising Temperatures and Suicide

The authors of this study report that a 1 degree Celsius increase in average monthly temperature increased suicide rates 0.7 percent in the United States and 2.1 percent in Mexico. In a separate interview, the lead author—Marshall Burke of Stanford University—acknowledged the multifaceted contributions to suicide; however, this new study is remarkable and stands out from previous studies reporting linkage between heat and suicide by controlling for a multitude of confounding variables. These include gender, time of year, rural or urban residence, regional poverty and income levels, location effects such as daylight exposure, gun availability, and access to air-conditioning.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for weekend quotes.

Best Regards,


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