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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism 1998-1999

Rita Baron-Faust, MPH, CHES

Program Coordinator
NYU Reproductive Psychiatry Program
NYU Langone Medical Center
Consultant/Health Educator/Medical Journalist
New York, New York

Topic: Defining cultural barriers to seeking mental health care and how to overcome them.

Published Work:

Domestic Violence Ups Risk of Pregnancy Trauma Domestic Violence Ups Risk
Intimate partner violence significantly increased the risk of pregnancy trauma and placental abruption - pointing up the need for intimate partner violence screening and intervention during this vulnerable period, researchers found.

Cultural Psychology in an Urban Setting
It may come as no surprise that the stresses of immigration and poverty can determine how and when a person gains access to mental health care. But did you know that a person's racial or cultural background could influence the manifestation of symptoms and affect the outcome of psychotherapy? Or that a patient's race or ethnicity could affect even the metabolism of psychoactive drugs?

A New Consciousness
Biofeedback trains your brain to treat diseases.It looks like a scene from a 1950s science fiction flick: Patients with electrodes attached to their skulls sit deep in concentration, focusing their minds to control the beeps and squiggly lines produced by an electronic monitor.

Culture & Mental Health
It has been an extremely busy year, attending conferences, meetings, doing site visits and interviews (a listing starts at the end of the article). Everything has been so interesting! I am extremely grateful for this fellowship, which allowed me to turn down some freelance work so I could spend more time on my research project and do some traveling. I again thank the Carter Center for making it possible.

Me, Myself & Irene
Movie Review: The premise of Me, Myself & Irene must have seemed irresistibly clever to the film's producers and a natural for the chameleon comic Jim Carrey. A mentally ill motorcycle cop with a "split" personality - one sweetly passive, the other violently aggressive - ends up running from the law to save a pretty blonde from gangsters, while his dual selves battle each other for her affections along the way.

The Many Faces of Depression
Most people associate the word "depression" with sadness. But for many women, unexplained pain may be their major symptom. This is especially true later in life, when aches and pains are often blamed on aging.

When Worry Becomes Worrisome
Are you constantly worried, distressed, and on edge? If so, you may be among the 4 million people a year who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). While some anxiety is a normal part of life, GAD is different.

Joint Pain, Fatigue, and Depression: The Three Symptoms that May Signal Autoimmune Disease
If you've been experiencing problems including joint pain, fatigue, and mild depression, it could be an early warning sign of an autoimmune disease.

How Sadness Affects Your Heart
Doctors have long wondered whether depression is a result of coronary heart disease (CHD) or a risk factor that contributes significantly to its development. Now new research confirms that major depressive disorder (MDD) is indeed as serious a risk factor for CHD as high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and a positive family history.

When Alcohol Becomes Troublesome
For some women, older age is a happy, fulfilling period-for others, it's a lonely experience. The loss of a spouse or friends may leave women feeling isolated and depressed.

Notes of Emotion and Early Schizophrenia
The emotional nuances of conversation are like notes played on a piano. When we are happy, excited, or angry, the pitch of our voice rises; when we are sad, the pitch falls. People with schizophrenia cannot hear the emotional tones in a conversation.

Detecting and Treating Depression in Adults
Link to the newsletter.

A Woman's Guide to Sleep: Guaranteed Solutions for a Good Night's Rest
Co-authored with Joyce Walsleleben, Ph.D., Director, Sleep Center, NYU School of Medicine (2000, Crown, New York)

Mood Disorders Common in Psoriatic Arthritis, But Poorly Recognized and Treated

Autism and ADHD Risk Increased for SLE Offspring

Does New Alzheimer's Research Offer Hope?

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