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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...

Uncontrollable Depression: Death Was at my Door

Uncontrollable Depression: Death Was at my Door

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Bruised to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. It sounds melodramatic, but here’s the truth: Death was at my door hour by hour. I was in the throws of an uncontrollable depression, unable to get out of...

Bipolar II is hard to diagnose

Bipolar II is hard to diagnose

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Bruised to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. I have an anomaly in my DNA, an accident of genetics that I now know is Bipolar II or “soft bipolar.” Ninety percent of the time, Bipolar II is hard to...

Shifting Attitudes About Mental Health

Shifting Attitudes About Mental Health

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum: The manuscript was ready, but I still had some hesitation about publishing it. I know attitudes are changing about mental health, but I was still nervous...