Archives for October, 2010

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I Don’t Want to “Fat Talk”…

A word about my weight. I don't want to talk about it.

It an emotional issue. My emotional issue.

Directly related to my  emotional health, to trauma. Part of it is genetic, too.

I'm sorry I mentioned it at the end of my post the other day.

I regret this. It was an error in judgment. I'm deeply sorry.

My weight is my lifelong

It's not simply that I do not like being overweight. However, I'm not going to...
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The Power of Stress…


Would you believe that severe swelling of my calves was caused by stress and heat?

My kidney transplant team never mentioned that possibility. Everything was A-Okay as far as they were concerned and they sent me back to my family doctor.

My psychiatrist Dr. Bob said it was highly unlikely, when I asked him a month or so ago.

It never crossed my 's mind.

So for more than four weeks, I was stressed beyond belief.

No one...
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More Musings on My Road to Recovery*…

We all have to start talking openly and strategically about these issues ~ in the workplace.

When it comes to mental health and well-being, it's high time attitudes changed ~ from the top down and from the bottom up. And in middle-management, too. Especially.

It's time to take

Education is the key.

If you're an employer, middle manager, boss, consider listening actively and empathetically to anyone who needs to talk to you. Give them time....
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Musings on My Road to Recovery*…

I'm back after a whirlwind tour of eastern and southwestern Ontario ~ Ottawa and Windsor ~ and two presentations that I think went very well.

At least, I hope so. I never know. For sure.

What matters most to me is that my presentations provoke

That corporate, government and business leaders, human resources managers ~ the groups I addressed last week ~ learn to accept, understand and realize the profound impact of mental health...
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Annette Naiman’s Super Duper Cranberry Chutney …


In a footnote in my last post, I mentioned that I made my mother's Super Duper Cranberry Chutney.

In a comment, Jessica, the remarkable manager of all the blogs at PsychCentral requested the recipe. Perhaps I should have posted this recipe in a comment, but it's so delicious, I wanted to share it with you. I hope you love it as much as I do. Really, it has nothing to do with...
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On The Road ~ For Mental Health Awareness Week…

This is one of my favourite weeks of the year ~ National Mental Health Awareness Week ~ and I'm going on the road.

Here's a newspaper story ~ second item ~ about what I'll be up to in Windsor, Ontario on Thursday at the Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County Branch Make It Work Conference. I love the focus of this conference.

"Creating...
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