Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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The Road Ahead

So last month marked two years since my suicide attempt. Two years of avoiding alcohol, of taking medication, going to therapy and trying to remind myself that I’m good enough to keep sticking around. Some days are certainly easier than others and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t troubled or tempted or tested […]

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To the Groundhog

I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it. – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies, definitely in my top ten. It’s funny, it’s a bit philosophical, a bit sad and with a touch of […]

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Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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Looking back on it all day after day

How many of you check your Facebook “On This Day” feature on a regular or even daily basis? I know I do. Sometimes there’s a fun memory. Mostly it’s mildly interesting to see what I was up to in years past. But occasionally I’m faced with a dive back into the bad old days. The bad […]

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A word of advice on how NOT to treat someone with an anxiety disorder

I love advice columns, and, in some other life I feel like writing an advice column would be right up my alley (given that I consider myself a sage when it comes to knowing society’s “unwritten rules”). One of my favorite columnists is Emily Yoffe at Slate, whose Dear Prudence column covers a wide range of […]

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What happens when you’re confronted by mental health stigma?

What would you do? I was at a luncheon today for a networking group our business belongs to and before our program each week we have “table talk.” There are roughly 80 members that attend each week and we sit at tables of maybe 5-8 people, depending on who shows up. Some weeks we have a specific […]

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Alas, I am still depressed

Last month I was feeling great. My brother was getting married and there was a lot of excitement leading up to the wedding weekend. There were things to get organized, things to check off of lists, suits that needed to go to the tailor, people who needed picking up at the airport and on and […]

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Full Disclosure

Driving into work this morning I was listening to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and he had Barry Crimmins (Skaneateles native) and Bobcat Goldthwait on to discuss Goldthwait’s new documentary about Crimmins, “Call Me Lucky.” The film covers Crimmins’ experience as a comedian and political satirist but most importantly, his status as a survivor of childhood […]

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Oh man, can I identify with this…

From “The Onion:” Actual Problem A Nice Change Of Pace For Anxious Man NEW YORK—After his laptop suddenly stopped working earlier this week, chronically anxious man Henry Geller, 36, confirmed to reporters how nice it was to have an actual problem to worry about for a change. “I’ve got to say, it’s pretty refreshing to […]

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