Should your primary care doctor be doing more for your mental health?

Think of the last time you saw your primary care doctor- maybe you went because you had the flu, maybe it was for a work/school physical, or if you’re really on top of things you have an annual check-up just because it’s a smart thing to do. Regardless of the reason you were there, did they […]

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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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When no news is good news

Today I had my annual appointment with my cardiologist for my heart condition. For some reason I was feeling very anxious about it this morning and didn’t sleep well last night  I always carry the knowledge ’round the back of my mind that this might be the year that the repaired valve has gone to pot and […]

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An update on my weekend checklist and how we treat mental health

Well that went well. I was able to do pretty much everything on the checklist (though the walk ended up being replaced by some other exercise. Plus walking/pushing the lawnmower…) and I feel great. One of the things I’m really pleased with is that I spent so much time outside. After this awful winter we […]

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Recovery is about more than beating an addiction or managing a condition

Yesterday I went for a bike ride, the first one since last summer. I worked out some muscle groups that have been dormant for too long through the long cold winter we’ve just gone through (yes, here in Upstate New York it only recently ended). It was a good start, a six and a half […]

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Do I seem irritable? I’m trying to quit smoking and GAAAAAHHHHH!!!

I’m doing something good for myself and it sucks. I’m trying to stop smoking, because, lets face it, it was a habit I picked up after I quit drinking. Replacement vice and all that. And it was good for awhile- I wrote about the good things about it, and I’ve shared my worries about the […]

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Ten things to do to feel better when you’re depressed

I thought I’d share some of the things I do when I know my depression is creeping up on me. They won’t apply to everyone and everyone’s experience with depression is unique, but if there are two or three things on this list that you find work for you that’s great! I also want to […]

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Not worth the paper it’s printed on…

Imagine you have a persistent pain in your knee. That when you walk it constantly aches. That there are days where it’s so painful that it keeps you from going to work or school. Friends and family tell you that it’s time you get help and go see a doctor. Your family doctor refers you to […]

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Planting my tree

Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek proverb I’ve loved these words since the first time I’ve heard them several years ago as a way to introduce a podcast on philosophy. While I’m not yet an old man (though my nephew may beg to […]

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All right! Under 200 lbs!

 So I weighed myself this morning and for the first time in a long time I’m under 200 lbs. How’d that happen? The answer is simple, but putting it into practice hasn’t always been so easy.

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