New Mental Health Picks from the Publishing World

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax Ruby Wax is a British comedian who suffers from depression and negative thinking. It was this thinking that forced her to get a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford. Her training in comedy and theatre inform her writing style as this is the funniestContinue reading “New Mental Health Picks from the Publishing World”

Profile in Brave: Risa Sugarman

I met Risa Sugarman as she was fighting with her insurance for a round of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat her depression. Risa struck me as a put-together, forty-something with short red hair and glasses. No one in the suburban town we’re both from would guess she had struggled with depression since college at ColumbiaContinue reading “Profile in Brave: Risa Sugarman”

Tips for those trying to write the mental health memoir

Some of my advice stems from author Dani Shapiro, memoirist, who I had the chance to study with at a writing retreat. Dani along with my graduate school writing professors have inspired me that my book can inform, inspire and be written masterfully. Find your arc and don’t make it totally about mental illness. YourContinue reading “Tips for those trying to write the mental health memoir”

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

I have lots of posts planned for the coming weeks/months. Bare with me as I get to writing them all. Some of them are journalism and it takes me longer to do these posts. For now, here’s a post about some symptoms I experienced during my episodes. Google wants to tell me what the signsContinue reading “Signs of Bipolar Disorder”

The Media, the Madness, and Me

Videocam shows police saving a man about to jump in the river. This bit of news flashes across my phone and it got me thinking. The mass media and Hollywood sensationalize mental illness. It happens most when they cover mass shootings to the high profile suicides and homicides. Mental illness should not be viewed forContinue reading “The Media, the Madness, and Me”

Next to Normal: A play about illness and its consequences

I saw a production of Next to Normal this weekend at Theaterworks Hartford. This play examines the life of a woman with post-partem bipolar disorder and how her illness affects every person in her suburban family. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal wasContinue reading “Next to Normal: A play about illness and its consequences”

You can help too. No amount is too small.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To celebrate I will be run/walking in a 5K to help NAMI-CT. NAMI-CT offers support groups for people with mental health conditions as well as monitors legislative activity at the state level on mental health policy. They also educate schools and parents on mental illness. I wrote their annualContinue reading “You can help too. No amount is too small.”

Part 1: Bipolar and Dating

It’s a big conundrum. When can you start dating after being diagnosed? For me, I seriously started dating the man I would marry 15 years after getting diagnosed. Sure, I had had haphazard relationships all along throughout my twenties. But I knew myself and I knew my illness by the time I became serious aboutContinue reading “Part 1: Bipolar and Dating”

Mental Health for the Jet Set

I have never been eligible to work a corporate job. I don’t have an MBA or a JD or a long line of work experience that got me to a certain level of expertise. What I do know is about mental health and self care through the truest kind of experience: lived experience. I knowContinue reading “Mental Health for the Jet Set”