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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The Road Ahead

So last month marked two years since my suicide attempt. Two years of avoiding alcohol, of taking medication, going to therapy and trying to remind myself that I’m good enough to keep sticking around. Some days are certainly easier than others and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t troubled or tempted or tested […]

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Why I had to get off of my most recent prescription

I’ve been very open about the fact that I take medication to help me manage my mental health, and, I’ve been open with the struggles that can come with that. Medication is an important part of treating mental illness, but it is not a panacea and there are legitimate criticisms to be made about the […]

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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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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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NAMI-NY is looking for help documenting problems with Step Therapy

A few weeks ago I posted this on the practice of Step Therapy. It’s a lousy system that places insurance companies in the role of doctors and could potentially jeopardize patient health. NAMI-NY, one of the primary political advocacy groups in New York for mental health issues, is looking for help to identify cases where step […]

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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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Insurers aren’t doctors, or, why step therapy needs to be regulated.

This morning an alert came across my Twitter feed from the New York chapter of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) urging me to contact my state representative about a bill regulating step therapy. Step therapy is another term for fail first health insurance policies wherein a doctor must prescribe the least expensive treatment option […]

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