The Keys to Breaking a Downward Cycle

January is such a bleak month. I find it hard to think we will ever have warm weather and more light! It is so hard to live without light. Those of you who know you benefit from light, take advantage of inexpensive technology and buy a lamp for medicinal use. For me, the hardest thing [...]

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 [...]

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