Will a VO weeks before an election make a difference?

Brad Pitt is an actor whose name causes ears to shoot up whenever he’s mentioned anywhere in the world. He is among the pantheon of film stars who can ensure box office dynamite when his name is above the title and, as a result, he can influence many fans.

An app may be opening doors to the high-powered film execs who can reveal talent where it would have languished.

I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. — Nora Ephron

Writing a screenplay and you want to get noticed, get a meeting with someone who really matters in this…

Medications that heal and keep us healthy also can have psychiatric effects, and therein lies a problem.

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. — Paracelsus

Humans are prone to illness and disease; there is no…

The hours spent practicing scales and reading music have a power for growth that cannot be denied.

Music lessons, the bain of many kids, have power that their parents and teachers may not realize. After one short-term study, researchers stated, “(our) study focused on pure instrumental music lessons, we can now conclude that playing a musical instrument is an appropriate intervention to benefit EFs (executive functioning) in…

Too often, we cling to theories of mental disturbances, i.e., mental illness, to the detriment of individuals afflicted with disorders.

Zeitgeist is a word we don’t often use today, but it is as relevant today as it was when I attended graduate school. Yet, we continue to pursue treatments that may fail to explore too many roots of mental disturbances. …

Research is now contributing to promising revelations in the area of second languages and dementia, and it may have people looking to learn a new language — fast.

Growing up, my mother had family and friends who came to our home, and all of them spoke in a language I didn’t understand. It was a time of a flourishing second language (English being dominant) and a still-present pride in the mother tongue. Learning English wasn’t for everyone.

Ethic…

There is no DSM category for it and no ICD-10, either, but cabin fever is as dangerous to our mental health now as it has always been in the past.

The virus and its variants now swirling around the globe have apparent symptoms both visible and hidden, and it may be the hidden ones that pose the most risk for our physical and mental health. Previously, when our country was in its infancy, those who sought a new life in…

Dr. Patricia Farrell

Dr. Farrell is a psychologist, WebMD consultant, author, interested in writing & health. Website: http://t.co/VT8mvcAvRz Substack: drfarrell22.substack.com

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