Category Archives: Mental health

Regrouping: what to do with yourself on the day after

We all have days that are off script, interruptions in our normal lives, when gravity is temporarily suspended.  Some exceptional moments are luscious: somebody we miss shows up unexpectedly; our candidate wins; some cosmic key turns, and we fall down … Continue reading

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Holding onto sanity, while keeping up with the news

The process of electing a president takes a toll on our emotional wellbeing, no doubt about it.   We are constantly being spun; the illusion of objective reporting of the news is gone. Social media provide moment-to-moment updates on opinion polling … Continue reading

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Holding office while Bipolar

Should mental illness disqualify a person from serving in high public office?  Public perception is a different thing from a clinical assessment, of course.   You know that stigma is still alive and well, when a member of Congress takes a … Continue reading

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Bearing witness: reflections on the Sikh temple shooting, and our own broken hearts

What does normal mean?  On August 5 in this violent, crazy summer of 2012, a lone gunman with strong white supremacist credentials showed up at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire on worshipers he had never … Continue reading

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Does self-confidence turn into narcissism?

Be bold, we have all told ourselves.  Stand up for yourself.  Find your voice.  Confidence is an attractive quality, in love and politics and literature and finance.   Confident people capture our heart.   But does it ever become too much? Yes.  … Continue reading

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Healing from PTSD: your therapist may be a golden retriever

We learn a lot about ourselves in wartime. And we get help in unexpected places. Continue reading

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How to lose yourself, without losing your identity

Is the thought of letting go of your everyday self exhilarating, or comforting, or terrifying?  Yes.  It happens daily, without hesitation, when we drift off into daydreams, cinema, or into sleep.  Choosing consciously to let ourselves go, on the other … Continue reading

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