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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Getting in front of seasonal affective disorder

When I checked the forecast for this weekend I saw that tonight there could be some light snow tonight where I live, which is not unusual for mid-November in Upstate New York. But it’s a good reminder that for many people the coming weeks and months means a struggle with a particular type of depression- seasonal […]

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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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Men and the Stigma of Mental Illness- From the Good Men Project

This is a terrific article and there’s a lot that I can relate to from my own experiences. Give it a read: Mental Health disorders are common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year. But only half of those affected receive treatment. It is imperative that we look at gender […]

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Don’t Ignore or Mock Seasonal Affective Disorder

It isn’t just a case of “cabin fever” or someone who’s fed up with the weather. Seasonal affective disorder is real and for people who are already struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health challenges it can push them into a deeper depression, exacerbate their anxiety and in extreme cases cause an increase in […]

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Mental health stigma and the pernicious politics of Fox News and Rand Paul

I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook yesterday to this story on The Huffington Post regarding comments made by Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan regarding mental illness. Sullivan is discussing the results of a Social Security Administration report that says that the largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries are for those people with mental […]

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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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Night (And Days) Of the Living Detached

You, loyal reader, may have noticed a bit of a decrease in the output here at Paul’s Letters. I wish I could say that I have been out curing Ebola, taking the fight to ISIS, etc. but the truth is, the past few days I’ve just sort of come unmoored. It’s a bit of a […]

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Blogging on World Mental Health Day, looking back and looking forward.

When I first started this blog I wrote that one of the reasons that I wanted to be open about my depression, anxiety and alcoholism was to share my experience in a way that others who may be facing similar struggles may be able to relate to, learn from and get help for themselves. In […]

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A good session

I met with my therapist this morning and it was one of our most positive and productive sessions yet. We discussed the events of the wedding weekend and being on my own for the next few months. I know I said that I gave myself a “B,” but after our discussion I think I actually […]

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