Volunteers in Psychotherapy: New Model in Treating Clients

Are mental illnesses born of biology or are they based upon our traumatic life experiences? Since the question is still being debated by psychiatrists and mental health professionals, then why would anybody want to use their insurance to go to therapy, risk being labeled and having the therapist report it to the third party insurer? And whatContinue reading “Volunteers in Psychotherapy: New Model in Treating Clients”

Bipolar and Impulsivity: A Dangerous Symptom No one likes to Talk about

In college, I once sent an inappropriate and scary chain letter email to my ex-roommate, a girl who had gotten Residence Life to give her a restraining order against me. I also used to blurt out hurtful things to other students, spend too much money on things I didn’t need, and drink too much. LaterContinue reading “Bipolar and Impulsivity: A Dangerous Symptom No one likes to Talk about”

My Depression & My Mania, poems I wrote

My Depression is a tsunami triggered by my mania sweeping away positive people, opportunities, hope, my self-worth, self-love, every shred of self-esteem. It is a cliche and an original, a tornado funnel cloud showering voices, hallucinations, self-doubt; anxiety is like a shaking earthquake. My Depression thrives on hospitals, pills, electroshock. Suicide attempts feed its overwhelmingContinue reading “My Depression & My Mania, poems I wrote”

A Message for Families in Crisis

There was a murder in my hometown this past Monday. You can read about it here. A 12-year-old boy murdered his twin sister and stabbed his mother in a domestic incident. I cannot tell you if this boy has a mental health diagnosis. But I can tell you that there were most likely signs leadingContinue reading “A Message for Families in Crisis”

Is it Bipolar Or Is it Me? A Guest Blog from Carrie Cantwell

photos courtesy of Carrie Cantwell Be yourself. That’s a pretty universal piece of advice. Whether you’re applying for a job or going on a first date, it’s something we’ve all heard at one time or another. When everyone can see the real you, the relationships you build are authentic. But because I have bipolar disorder,Continue reading “Is it Bipolar Or Is it Me? A Guest Blog from Carrie Cantwell”

Profile in Brave: Carrie Cantwell, writer, designer for the movies, and bipolar 2

  Photos courtesy of Carrie Cantwell The four year anniversary of Carrie Cantwell’s dad’s suicide hit her hard. That day, she fell into a deep depression, went on disability from work and stayed with her mother. Her mom—a psychotherapist—took her to a psychiatrist because of her genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder, because her dad hadContinue reading “Profile in Brave: Carrie Cantwell, writer, designer for the movies, and bipolar 2”

Changing Ways the novel Shows More of the Recovery from Mental Illness and Less of the Illness, Written by a Teen with Lived Experience

  Since eighth grade, 18-year-old, Julia Tannenbaum, of West Hartford, CT, has been writing. But a few years into high school, she found herself in a real dark place…struggling with mental illness. “I had no way to articulate my thoughts and emotions,” she said. “My feelings felt repressed inside.” In and out of school, inContinue reading “Changing Ways the novel Shows More of the Recovery from Mental Illness and Less of the Illness, Written by a Teen with Lived Experience”

An Open Letter to Beatrice Francis Spade

For those of you who may not know Beatrice Spade is the 13-year-old daughter of Kate Spade, fashion designer who recently passed away from complications from depression, anxiety and maybe bipolar. Kate Spade died by suicide. Dear Beatrice, Your mom created a brand, a brand known to all and utilized by many. She had successContinue reading “An Open Letter to Beatrice Francis Spade”

Review of This is My Brave Boston

Photo pictures: Founder and executive director of This is My Brave Jennifer Marshall on right with her coworker Lauren     Last night, I attended a magical show. Magic, because people combatted societal stigma to open up about struggles many of us consider taboo. Brave people. Human. I attended the This is My Brave showContinue reading “Review of This is My Brave Boston”