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”

A Humorous Interview with David Leite, author of Notes on a Banana, a memoir

  David Leite describes himself in a Youtube video as “Crazy, Gay and Happily Portuguese.” “Humor is the missing prescription in mental health,” said Leite. My interview with David Leite, author of Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression, was laugh out loud funny as we discussed writing, food, love,Continue reading “A Humorous Interview with David Leite, author of Notes on a Banana, a memoir”

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”

The Obsessions of My Compulsions

There’s something lucky about air tracing certain numbers over and over on the exact day they appear on the calendar. There’s something not cool about being seen on video at a town meeting you’re reporting on for a newspaper fingering your eyebrows as if their static gives you a cosmic high, an infinite orgasm. You’veContinue reading “The Obsessions of My Compulsions”