Month

June 2017
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2014. That’s 6.7 percent of all US adults. And yet we have a far way to go in reducing the stigma associated with the illness. For...
I’m republishing this piece from my archives. Someone in recovery circles once told me that if you have one foot in the past and another in the future, you are essentially peeing on the present. I try to remember that when I’m engulfed in regret—obsessing about all the things I did wrong in the past...
Many of the 10 percent of Americans who take antidepressants have experienced the “Prozac poop out”— when a drug that was once effective at treating symptoms of depression no longer works. There is even a specific term — antidepressant tachyphylaxis — attached to the kind of relapse experienced by persons on antidepressants that had previously been...
Back before there were psychiatrists and therapists, way before the introduction of Prozac and Xanax, people were using mantras to calm their nervous systems and sooth symptoms of depression and malaise. In fact, the earliest mantras were used by Hindus more than 3,000 years ago. Employed by Buddhists, Christians, Taoists, and persons of most faith...
Growing up, I had three primary therapists: Bach, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. My hour or two a day at the upright piano in the family room of my childhood home became a sanctuary of sorts for me. I practiced scales, cadences, and arpeggios until they were perfect, because rhythm–that sweet pattern between sound and silence–was something...
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