Month

June 2013
Picnics at the beach. Afternoons by the pool. Three months of summer bliss. Or not. For many people, the summer months are the most difficult. In fact, 10 percent of those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms at the brightest time of the year. The summer’s brutal heat, bright light, and long days can contribute to...
This passage from St. Francis de Sales (An Introduction to the Devout Life) has been keeping me sane as I second-guess most of the substantial decisions I have made in the last two weeks: Flies harass us more by their numbers than by their sting. Similarly, great matters disturb us less than a multitude of...
Today I have the honor of interviewing a woman who is a survivor in all meanings of that word. Kathy Lockhart is a professional Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. She became interested in...
There is nothing worse than feeling like a complete utter failure, crying your eyes out, and then a well-intentioned person comes along and says something that, to your ears, sounds like: “You were right! You are, in fact, a loser.” Good intentions or not, the wrong words hurt. Awhile back, I published a piece,  “10 Things Not...
The cover story of the most recent issue of BPHope magazine features several couples who live with bipolar disorder. In the “Power of Two,” writer Barbara Boughton does an exceptional job of pulling together nuggets from different two-somes on ways they manage a mental illness together. The handsome couple that graces the front cover, Heather...
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