Sometimes I need you to listen, but sometimes I need you to talk

I was driving back from the store yesterday and I caught a snippet of an interview on NPR that intrigued me. I don’ know the show, the host or the guest (I was only in the car for like five minutes) but the topic was on coping with a cancer diagnosis. To be more specific, […]

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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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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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How can you help someone struggling with alcohol?

  When I was a kid I didn’t have too many sports heroes since I was… well, let’s say I was more of an indoor kid. But one of the few sports heroes I did have was Donovan McNabb. He played quarterback at Syracuse from when I was eleven until I was fifteen. He was a great player- he […]

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Guest Post: Lauren Green Talks Mental Health Advocacy

When I asked for guest bloggers for Paul’s Letters the first response I got was from Lauren Green, a London based blogger and author of Lauren Says It All. Lauren shared with me a bit about her own struggle with mental health issues and some of her advocacy efforts. I’m so glad she got in touch […]

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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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How’d I do on my 2014 resolutions?

Before I post something about goals for the new year, I want to briefly look back on how I did in 2014. These resolutions weren’t all things I decided on January 1, 2014 and have been working on for the full 365 day cycle, but things that I’ve been working towards as part of my […]

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