If I had a dollar for every time someone said, "I don't believe in therapy or psychiatric medications..." I could probably retire already. For these folks, handling life on their own is a point of pride. Often the same people who say this are medicating themselves anyway, just … [Read more...] about Neglecting Your Mental Health: Are You Driving Everyone Crazy?
Have you noticed how the world feels like it is falling apart at the seams lately? Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, political turmoil, and even threat of nuclear attack. It just doesn't seem to stop! I called my sister the other day just to talk and the conversation … [Read more...] about Exercise as a Remedy for Worry
Saints and mad men swim in the same water, what drowns the one transforms the other. - Joseph Campbell Life can be difficult and unpredictable. The World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001 catapulted this reality into the collective modern American consciousness, and the … [Read more...] about Resilience: Weathering Hard Times
Many people have preconceived notions about the treatment of depression. The media seems to reinforce the idea that psychiatry/psychology is a bunch of voodoo, whoo-whoo, touchy-feely nonsense. While there may be a few good resources and examples out there, the … [Read more...] about Am I Really Depressed And What Do I Do About It?
The raw, powerful Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has generated a fair bit of discussion and controversy. Based on a novel with the same title, the series tells the story of a girl, Hannah, who leaves behind tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. The … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Pay Attention to 13 Reasons Why
Depression is incredibly common. Andrew Solomon calls it, "The family secret everyone has." Anyone who has been depressed knows how painful and exhausting it can be, but the stigma and resulting secrecy surrounding depression make it even more difficult. People who are truly … [Read more...] about Depression: Why Can’t I Just Snap Out of It?