Dear Young Rocker, a binge worthy break from the Coronavirus

  Chelsea Ursin, of Boston, saw her younger self as wild but fragile. She’s the creator of the Dear Young Rocker podcast a memoir about her adolescent rage and angst and how she channeled these feelings through music—rock music. Her fave band as a teen Smashing Pumpkins. Ursin, when asked, said three words to describeContinue reading “Dear Young Rocker, a binge worthy break from the Coronavirus”

New Literary Works on Mental Illness and Beyond

  The Collected Schizophrenias: essays is perhaps writer Esme Weijun Wang’s tour de force through life with schizoaffective disorder. This personal essay collection positions Wang into the world of literary nonfiction as she is the novelist of the Border of Paradise. Wang uses fashion motifs to talk about her high-functioning mental illness. She includes essaysContinue reading “New Literary Works on Mental Illness and Beyond”

Autism School Gives Kids Fresh Start; Now They NeedYour Help

  Nina has autism, sits in a wheelchair, likes to ask a lot of questions, and likes metal bands. When I entered the Fresh Start School, she was with her nurse at a table drawing. She was curious about who I was and baraged me with questions, sometimes asking the same one twice. The FocusContinue reading “Autism School Gives Kids Fresh Start; Now They NeedYour Help”

Stigma Fighters Founder and CEO Sarah Fader Starts Publishing Company

Sarah Fader grew up in the 90s when mental illness was heavily stigmatized. At 15, she began having panic attacks. She remembers that the Books of Magic comic book series gave her a fear of death. She wrote it off by saying it was existential dread. At her performing arts high school in New York,Continue reading “Stigma Fighters Founder and CEO Sarah Fader Starts Publishing Company”

Planet of Microbes by Ted Anton: Links Depression/Anxiety to Gut

If you watch the Big Bang Theory, read the Science section of the New York Times and live on the line where nature meets poetry, Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth’s Essential Life Forms by Ted Anton will engage you in the history and future of microbes. Anton is as much aContinue reading “Planet of Microbes by Ted Anton: Links Depression/Anxiety to Gut”

Interview with Stephen Smith, Founder of nOCD app for your phone

  In past weeks, I reviewed the nOCD app, available in the Apple Store and coming soon to Android. nOCD helps those with intrusive thoughts and OCD sufferers to analyze what’s really happening in the moment. It is a therapist away from a therapist. I interviewed Stephen Smith, Founder of nOCD, about his story andContinue reading “Interview with Stephen Smith, Founder of nOCD app for your phone”

More from the New York Publishing World

On Edge A Journey through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen Here comes a book that will surely hold the test of time as far as mental health classics go. Petersen tells her story with severe anxiety beautifully weaving research studies into the narrative. This is the first personal narrative on anxiety I’ve read in a longContinue reading “More from the New York Publishing World”

You can’t Backpack through a Mental Hospital Or, Maybe, you can.

During college, while all my friends were backpacking through Europe or studying abroad, I spent my time in and out of psych hospitals. Sure I missed out on some terrific college experiences but I gained an education in a population who are discriminated against and marginalized. I decided I wanted to use my journalism skillsContinue reading “You can’t Backpack through a Mental Hospital Or, Maybe, you can.”