I went to my first AA meeting today

Last week I made a promise to try out AA (Alcoholics Anonymous… for anyone who didn’t know the meaning behind the notorious acronym), and today I followed through. It was a lunchtime meeting near my office, not in a church basement, but a place callled Fellowship Hall, which is owned by Syracuse Intergroup which is […]

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I relapsed. Now what?

This might be the toughest post I’ve had to write yet. Well, I say had to… there’s no obligations that I’m subject to when it comes to this blog other than those I impose on myself. From the very beginning when I started writing it was because this is a way to share information on […]

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Sometimes I need you to listen, but sometimes I need you to talk

I was driving back from the store yesterday and I caught a snippet of an interview on NPR that intrigued me. I don’ know the show, the host or the guest (I was only in the car for like five minutes) but the topic was on coping with a cancer diagnosis. To be more specific, […]

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The really scary thing about mental illness

The Washington Post had an interesting article on the portrayal of mental illness around Halloween, specifically on asylum-themed haunted houses/attractions. It’s a good piece that covers how the portrayal of mental illness exacerbates stigmas and, for some in the mental health community, come across as very offensive. You really ought to read the whole thing […]

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Area Mental Health Blogger Profiled In Local Paper

After my post on Trump and PTSD I had a nice back & forth with Jonathan Monfiletto from the local West Onondaga Journal on Twitter. Well, Jonathan was nice enough to ask if I’d be willing to sit down and talk with him for something on mental health, so we met a few days later for coffee. […]

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What happens when we all forget there’s a person there

This story in the Idaho Statesman on the public shaming and subsequent suicide of Klara Bowman hit me hard this morning. I was tearing up over my coffee reading about this young woman who faced a set of circumstances that were in many ways similar to my own struggle, but rather than given the opportunity […]

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I did a lot of meditating this weekend

So this weekend I did a few guided meditations and it was really fantastic. I have been out of practice for several weeks but I had some opportunities this weekend when the house was quiet, there were no commitments or pressing matters and so I made the time to do it. I’ve written before on […]

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Donald Trump’s worldview is the problem with his PTSD comments

Here’s the problem with Trump’s PTSD comments- it wasn’t that he was directly insulting anybody in the same way he insulted Judge Curiel, the Khan family, Alicia Machado, etc. This is what he said: “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things […]

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More on Trump and mental health.

So the other day I asked for feedback on this topic and had a few exchanges with family and friends about the subject. Then earlier today I read this opinion piece from Patrick Kennedy of the Kennedy Forum. As he writes in the piece: Is Donald Trump experiencing a mental illness? That’s the question making the […]

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Mental Health, Donald Trump, and the curious case of the Goldwater Rule.

So Donald Trump is not a normal candidate for President. He’s an egotist, an ignoramus, a racist and someone who incites hate among his supporters. But is he crazy? Insane? Off the reservation? Not playing with a full deck? Cuckoo pants? The question of the state of Donald Trump’s mental health is coming up more […]

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