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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...