January 8th, 2007

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Depression study

So yesterday I was on MARTA and noticed one of those ads for depression studies being conducted at Emory University School of Medicine. They do all kind of studies and are always looking for participants. Anyway, I decided to call the number (why not?) and this morning got a call back. The particular study they're recruiting for is not a treatment study, but a study looking at the connection between childhood experiences, stress and depression. It would involve a screening interview by phone, a three-hour physical, a detailed interview by a psychologist, and two days of testing, which can be done over a weekend. At the end I could get referral to either clinical treatment studies or to one of their psychologists/psychiatrists for follow-up. There is some monetary compensation, I'm guessing $200 or something. Anyway, I'm thinking about signing up for either that or one of their clinical studies (probably counseling w/o drugs, which I'm more comfortable with, as I don't want to be experimented on with drugs).
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Small ramble on the subject of sleep

If only the buzz of sleep deprivation coudl last. I was up 'til 3 a.m. last night and, as usual, the lack of sleep has actually made me feel better -- more awake! I woke up feeling more refreshed than usual and on the walk to work, there was a spring to my step and a feeling of optimism. I kind of suspect that the reason I feel so lousy in the morning is that I actually sleep too deeply, when I sleep a full 8 hours. The fact that I tend to have super intense, involved dreams right up until the second the alarm goes of makes it worse. The alarm will go off and I'll hit snooze to dream more and I swear I'll fit in 10 more minutes or bizarro dream and then have to try waking up again.
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From today's NY Times:

BAGHDAD, Jan. 7 — The new American operational commander in Iraq said Sunday that even with the additional American troops likely to be deployed in Baghdad under President Bush’s new war strategy it might take another “two or three years” for American and Iraqi forces to gain the upper hand in the war.

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