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Anxiety in Childhood

Me as a child, with my beloved dog. There was a wonderful article in a recent Sunday New York Times Magazine about how more and more children are being crippled by anxiety. It told the story of a well-cared-for boy (they called him Jake) who did especially well in grade school. But, as [...]

Learning the Lesson of Taking Responsibility

Throughout my life and my journey of depression, I have been blessed to learn a lesson so many find elusive. What is it? Taking responsibility for myself. I grew up in a home where taking responsibility was not a priority. In other words, whatever happened was the fault of someone else.  This way of thinking [...]

What If?

If there is any doubt that the horrific tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas earlier this week was a mental health tragedy, it should be put to rest by this morning’s reporting. Steven Paddock’s girlfriend has told the authorities that he would lie in bed “moaning, screaming, and crying,” and showing symptoms of mental illness. [...]

How to Talk to Someone About Suicide

If someone you know is thinking about suicide, it is essential to talk about it. We now know that when people talk about suicide, they may be on the brink of committing it. Ask them how they are doing and acknowledge the fact that they seem to be sad. And then just LISTEN. In our [...]

How to Get Help for Depression

If you’re sitting on the fence, deciding whether or not to get help for depression or wondering how to go about finding a good resource, you’re not alone. Many people hesitate to get the emotional support they need. From my experience, I think that the best thing to do when you decide to find help [...]

Moving Towards the Upward Spiral

At the moment I’m reading a book called The Upward Spiral, written by Alex Korb. I haven’t finished it yet so I can’t recommend it wholeheartedly, but I am enjoying it. In plain language Dr. Korb explains the parts of the brain that are responsible for our ability to go on the downward spiral, and [...]

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