Staying Happy in Bad Times

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Awhile back USA Today published an interesting article as a kind of wrap-up of the four-day annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Among the happiness talk was how to stay chipper in this economy. My friend, Robert Wicks, attended and was interviewed for the article. Here is his section in the article (I still get […]

The Incredible Shrinking American Vacation

Vacations are theoretical concepts that exist today only on paper. That’s according to Joe Robinson, work-life balance speaker, trainer, and author of “Don’t Miss Your Life.” His statistics are dire: Some 25 percent of Americans and 31 percent of low-wage earners get no vacation at all anymore, according to the Center for Economic and Policy […]

12 Ways to Keep Going

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A Beyond Blue reader recently asked me to forward this piece to her. I needed to read it again, too … to try to find the dogged determination within me to stay focused on hope, not hopelessness. Sorry for the layout problems. I haven’t yet figured out how to operate the new platform. A woman […]

Motherhood and Depression: An Interview with Tracy Thompson

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Today’s interview is with Tracy Thompson, the author of “The Beast: A Journey Through Depression” and “The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression.” She has won numerous mental health awards, including one from NAMI for her “lasting contributions to mental health issues.”   Question: The first two sentences of your […]

Why Is Religion Important to Mental Health? An Interview with Jay Mahler and Rev. Laura Mancuso

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As a member of NAMI FaithNet, which “supports faith communities in mental illness outreach, education, and advocacy,” I receive their newsletters. A recent issue featured an interview by Gale Bataille and Bill Berkowitz with Jay Mahler, activist and founder of a grassroots movement which became The California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative, and Rev. Laura […]

Is It a Relapse?

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I thought I would republish this piece from July, 2007 in case you happen to be relapsing right now. *** My very savvy editor constantly reminds me to write from where I am. Today that place is scary. I’m at the edge of the Black Hole, and the power of its suction has me crouched […]

Growing Up Bipolar

Growing Up Bipolar

“Were you bipolar growing up?” a magazine editor asked me the other day. “I don’t know,” I said. “Do you think you were misdiagnosed back then as depressed?” “I don’t know,” I said. I wasn’t annoyed. I wasn’t rushed. I just really don’t know. I can clearly say that something was wrong with me, but […]