Donating My Story to Science

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I often get the question “why are you so open about sharing your mental health story with people?”  It’s true.  I am very open about it.  It’s on this blog, which I share with all of my friends on Facebook and LinkedIn.  I have friends on those two sites from high […]

Could Robin Williams Have Been Saved?

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In times of terrible sadness, I take to my blog.  And, the apparent suicide of Robin Williams, a comedic genius, is a true tragedy.  Many sources site that he suffered from addiction, but less are coming out and explaining that his addiction was only the surface of a larger problem: Robin Williams was a man […]

“Weighing In” Again on Overeaters Anonymous

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For those of you who have read my blog in the past, you know that I often talk about different plans and schemes that I have to lose weight.  Not to rehash, but like many people who take medication for their mental health, I have gained an enormous amount of weight.  […]

Mother to the World

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When I was a little girl, I was one of those kids who was always taking care of the children younger than me.  Many of you who grew up with me know that I was often hanging out with your younger brothers and sisters and trying to make sure that everyone felt included.  I always rooted […]

Still I Rise

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Dear Dr. Angelou-You may have not intended your poem to be about my struggles with mental illness, but without knowing it, your “Still I Rise” has been my battle cry for many years.  I remember reading the first part, which said the following:You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod […]

How and Why to “Come Out” About Your Mental Health Struggles

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You.  Yes, you, sitting at your computer, phone, or tablet reading this article.  You obviously have interest in mental health.  Otherwise, you would have stopped reading already, or not gone to my blog to begin with.  So, I’m going to make an assumption here that you are not just reading this blog out of sheer […]

Talking the talk, running the walk

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“Sitting is the new smoking” and complications due to obesity are one of the reasons that persons with serious mental illness die 25 years ealier than the general population.  So, as a person with bipolar disorder, who sits at her computer or in her car for a large portion of her 9-5 gig, my health is […]

Mental Illness: How do I support the one I love?

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As one who lives with Bipolar disorder, one of my challenges in navigating it has been learning to understand how the people who love me are affected by it.  I am so grateful to have such a multitude of love in my life, and people who I know will support me no matter what.  But, being […]

Saving Ms. Grossman

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I was deeply moved by “Saving Mr. Banks,” a movie about the making of Mary Poppins. The title and content on the surface may seem lighthearted, but once the movie starts, we are whisked away into a tale of great depth. Without spoiling the movie, I will share that there was a lot of pain […]