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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Talking to someone when you don’t want to talk to anyone

One of the most significant challenges I faced and still struggle with is opening up about my depression. Yeah, maybe it seems silly for me to say that after almost two years of writing publicly about my depression and anxiety on this blog, in letters to the editor, of discussing it with my therapist, with […]

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Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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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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To the Groundhog

I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it. – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies, definitely in my top ten. It’s funny, it’s a bit philosophical, a bit sad and with a touch of […]

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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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Breaking Down New Year’s Resolutions

Blogger and friend Mandy Learo (OK Namaste) writes a column for one of the local papers here, and I really like what she has to say in her latest one about New Year’s Resolutions and applying a yoga tradition called sankalpa. Read the whole thing here, but for me this is the key takeaway: … A sankalpa […]

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