What’s the right answer: Am I strong enough to stop/scale back therapy?

The New York Times has a series called Couch on psychotherapy and this morning’s article by Michael I. Bennett focused on the way both patients and their therapists handle winding down the frequency of treatment. It’s a good article and raises some good points. Most intriguing from my perspective was that sometimes both patient and therapist can come to […]

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It’s hard sometimes to HEY LOOK OVER THERE!

I have a problem with distractions. With losing focus and staying in control of tasks I’m working on. It can be a major problem, particularly when it comes to concentrating on work tasks, staying on top of assignments and being generally organized with what’s going on. This can result in missed or late assignments, sloppy […]

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Playing with fire

As most drinkers know, bourbon has a distinctive taste. It’s not like scotch or Canadian or Irish whiskey.  Even though I was never much of a bourbon drinker (I preferred the smokiness of scotch) I still remember how it tastes. Jim Beam was one of the only dark liquors my parents kept in the cabinet regularly […]

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What I love about sad Christmas songs

If you watched the Bill Murray Christmas special on Netflix something that you almost certainly noticed was that much of it was actually kind of sad, or at least bittersweet. In between some of the laughs and broader characters there was a through-line of loneliness, isolation and regret, carried off by Murray’s natural ability to […]

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Looking back on my first mental health crisis

I don’t usually post trigger warnings on specific posts since I think it’s a fair expectation that a blog about mental health might contain information that might trigger a sensitivity to that topic, but since this post deals specifically with suicide, self-harm and a crisis, consider yourself specifically warned. I’ve wanted to write a longer-form […]

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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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Wearable Tech for Mood? Meet Spire

I’m a member of a peer group on Facebook for folks with depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc. and someone posted a link to Spire, a piece of wearable tech not unlike a FitBit or even a pedometer, that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth (my understanding is it’s not yet available for Android). It tracks your […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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