“Calm Down and Call Your Therapist”

When I am in the throws of a major depressive episode, being told to calm down – or to call my therapist, infuriates me. What I need, is someone who will listen to me, not just pass me off. What I need is someone who will hold my hand and kiss my cheek, not someone who will tell me to “calm down.” What I need is space, music, exercise, chocolate and sleep. What I need is for someone to say,…

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Brilliant Benefits of Mental Illness

Originally published on The Lithium Chronicles I recently read an outstanding book that made the case FOR mental illness, rather than AGAINST it. Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, wrote, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. Gandhi, President Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr., were examined from Ghaemi’s point of view. He made an excellent case that the mood orders of these leaders actually benefited them–becoming…

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Phoenix Rising: Thriving With Depression

Previously published on Feminine Collective She always asks how I am doing. I rattle off a few tidbits, mainly professional milestones or interesting people who I crossed paths with over the past week, simultaneously picking at fluff that does not exist on her couch. She probes again “How are you doing?” I always reply “I told you how am doing, it’s been a great week.” And so it goes, week in and week out when I’m on my therapist’s…

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