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 [...]

Faith and Mental Illness

I didn’t really find faith until I was at the bottom of the proverbial barrel. As I write in my book, I was led to my beliefs during the darkest times of my life. I have battled clinical depression since my childhood. As a result, over time depression has led me to make many ill-conceived [...]

How anger in the media is making us all more anxious.

Last week, as you know, I talked about the violence on TV and its possible influence on our mental health. In hearing some of our President’s remarks this past week, I’m just as concerned about the anger that seems to emanate from Washington and for Washington. Congress is divided, as all of us know and [...]

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