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My circle of friends

My circle of friends

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. I am lucky to have fiercely loyal friends. Joe says I’m the only person he knows who hasn’t lost a friend since kindergarten. A friend who is an...

Losing it

Losing it

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. It is 1978 and I am a seventeen-year-old high school senior. I’ve watched my mom wrestling with depression all through my growing up years. The first time...

Glimmers of life again

Glimmers of life again

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. Juanita, my mentor and friend, is a woman I admire for her professional savvy, smarts, and success. She’d heard through our grapevine that I was down with...

Family history of depression

Family history of depression

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. I am nothing like my mother—I am a big achiever. I excel at math and sports and friends. I am a serious competitor and have no patience for people who...

Blurred lines

Blurred lines

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. Ronald Reagan was president, the “me generation” and Wall Street traders were king. The imposing buildings and Ivy traditions of Dartmouth sucked the life...

“Dr. Drug Rep”

“Dr. Drug Rep”

In a New York Times Magazine piece, “Dr. Drug Rep” (November 2007) psychiatrist Daniel Carlat described his experience of being recruited by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to represent their latest antidepressant, Effexor. Strikingly honest in his portrayal of his slow but...

Prioritize our Kids Mental Health

Prioritize our Kids Mental Health

Mental Health. What are the ingredients that go into it? Parents know that their kids are NOT all right as a recent New York Times editorial named. They are suffering from social isolation, from lack of physical contact, from missing so many things – sports, dates,...

Practices for a Healthy Brain: PECS

Practices for a Healthy Brain: PECS

OK, let’s get down to it. I am badass disciplined about my self-care. I believe it is absolutely essential to preventing my next bipolar flare. The prospect of that is so terrifying that I am uber dedicated to practices for a healthy brain. When people ask me, “How...

So You think you might have a Bipolar brain? Now what?

So You think you might have a Bipolar brain? Now what?

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. Like I did for so many years before my correct diagnosis and treatment, you may feel hopeless, discouraged, cynical. This makes total sense! You’ve tried...

When Parents Struggle with Depression it Affects the Whole Family

When Parents Struggle with Depression it Affects the Whole Family

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Bruised to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. I am six years-old, living in a dark, musty, cape cod cottage. There are weathered gray shingles and a handful of dusty muntin windows that don’t let in...