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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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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Treatment ain’t cheap

The other day I received my benefit enrollment forms for 2016 and did some back of the napkin calculations on what my therapy & medication will cost next year (using this years appointment schedule & medication to plug in the gaps). It will cost me around $6,900.00 for health insurance, co-pays and medication. And that’s […]

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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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Are you aware that it’s another Awareness Week?

  Did you know that this is Mental Health Awareness Week? You did? Wow- that’s terrific! Let me guess, you already have some sort of preexisting connection to the mental health community, right? And if you weren’t aware that this is Awareness week I can’t blame you. Maybe you thought it was last month. But that […]

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What the GOP debate glossed over: Mental Health

Watching last night’s debate on CNN between eleven of the top Republican candidates for President I was majorly disappointed in both the moderators and the candidates when it came to talking about mental health- from access and affordability of care to the role that mental health plays in discussions of gun violence and gun control. Someone […]

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Can Google “Solve” Mental Illness? Maybe…

I stumbled across this post tonight on Buzzfeed about Google hiring Dr. Thomas Insel, lately of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to work in their life sciences division. I encourage you to read the whole post, but here’s the key takeaway: Google’s life sciences projects have so far tackled diabetes, genomics, and anti-aging (in the […]

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Be wary of bad information that can fuel mental health stigma

Sometimes readers send me some great links to stories or articles or YouTube clips that have something to do with mental health, recovery, or some other topic that I’ve addressed here on the blog. It’s great, and I like passing on that good information, or tweeting it out to the people who follow me on […]

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