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Making News by Speaking Out…

Yesterday, a speech I made about fighting discrimination and prejudice against people with mental illnesses through changing the way we use language made the evening news and that's why I'm back.

I've missed you and for months I've felt guilty about not being here. I've even avoided .

Here's why:

In April, my darling dog Riley died after a four month fight with kidney cancer. He never suffered, but...
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Day 18: Sherry Turkle’s “Goldilocks Effect” and Digital Intimacy…


What is Sherry Turkle's "Goldilocks Effect?"


In her new book, "Alone Together, Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other," cultural analyst and psychologist Sherry Turkle describes the Goldilocks Effect like this: "Not too close. Not too far. Just right." It's also known as the Goldilocks Principle.

(Last year, when I was in the throes of my eating disorder I was driving myself and everyone around me to distraction...
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Day 14: Texting Away Our Humanity, Part One…

Today, I'm still pretty tired. Feeling "written out." Exhausted.

Overwhelmed by my commitment to blog for 31 days straight. I have another 17 days to go. (Eeeeeek!)

For some reason I cannot manage to get a few posts written and "in the can" so I can rest a bit. And breathe. But this might be that post.

Ideas are still flooding into my head


For example, I had considered posting about the heinous bullying of Karen...
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Day Seven: On Living “Beyond Normal”…

I just read Jenise Harmon's enlightening Sorting Out Your Life blog here at Psych Central.

It's titled Live Beyond Normal and it's one of today's most popular.

It deserves to be and I urge you to read

Before I rhapsodize about her insights into that misunderstood word, normal, not one of my favourites, I read more posts by Jenise.

Thinking Outside The Box hit home for me.
"Everyone sees the world...
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Day Three: The Language of Respect…

Language and mental health/psychiatric illnesses/conditions/diagnoses/challenges/differences ~ labels ~ are hot button, triggering issues for me.

They drive me crazy and feed into our collective consciousness, our prejudices and discrimination. Our negative stereotypes. Our sick public discourse.

Language is political and words

It's time to stop and think about the words we use. To heal that discourse. I'm hypersensitive to language. So, first, let us consider the seemingly innocuous little article "the"...

It sounds innocent enough, but not always....
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Day Two: The Toxic Word ~ “Stigma” ~ Ban it!

I detest the word "stigma." It makes my skin crawl because no one takes personal responsibility for it. I hate the way it sounds. I hate to even say it.

I prefer calling it the "S" word, but nobody knows what I mean because "stigma" is so ubiquitous and so convenient.

Do you know what  it means? Discrimination and Prejudice.

Add two more words to that definition: Fear and Ignorance. Negative Stereotyping. Unnecessary Barriers.

Get the picture?

There is...
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Kids, Mental Health and Blindness…

This afternoon I met with the service manager of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind ~ the CNIB.

Kids with mental illnesses and visual

She and a group of teachers, parents and professionals working with blind or visually-impaired kids had asked me to speak at an annual conference ~ about mental health

A New

Admittedly, I have never spoken or facilitated any kind of workshop on...
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An Eating Disorder ~ Up Close and Too Personal…

In February, my family doctor began cautioning me about my obsessive dieting.

She explained that eating disorders are psychiatric conditions, mental illnesses. She used the "A" word. Anorexia.

I thought she was out of her

I am not thin. I've never been thin. Certainly never too thin. I feel I need to lose more weight. To get thinner.

She began monitoring me, monthly. By May, overly concerned about my inability to perceive myself realistically and my relentless determination...
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