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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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Branding Psychotherapy: A New Quick Fix

In this morning's New York Times magazine, former journalist Lori Gottlieb wrote a feature titled The Branding Cure, My so-called career as a therapist, about the dying practice of psychotherapy. As a newly minted psychotherapist, she sat in her empty office awaiting patients to flock to her door for her help. They neither flocked nor walked. They stayed away in droves.

No more traditional psychotherapy?


In an effort to find...
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Day 13: Resisting Burnout

I'm very tired. Blogged out. My blog posts are not up to scratch, in my opinion.

I know because you're not commenting and a blog is a community. Without you, where's our community?

So this little post is simply an update to let you know that I'm not going to spend hours posting today.

Today's a "mental health day"


During my 30-year career writing for a daily newspaper, for radio and for magazines,...
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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 Five: Reflections On My Psychotherapy…

My formal psychiatric psychotherapy is ending. I've been reflecting on some recurrent themes.

They won't move mountains for you or transform your view of life. They're not earth shattering. That's a misconception about psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy doesn't change

It's gradual. It's hard. It's work. It's a process that can change the way you feel about yourself, though you don't realize it while it's happening. You have to commit yourself to it.

You end up, I think, with...
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6 Ways To Bounce Back From Unemployment Stress

Stress can't begin to describe how it feels to cope with being unemployed.

In today's economy, with soaring unemployment rates, cut-backs, massive lay-offs and a consumerist culture shouts "buy, buy, buy," it's devastating to be jobless.

Furthermore, our cultural values are out of sync – how we value ourselves and our mental and emotional health versus the value of work, money and "stuff."

(Ironically, volunteer work builds self-esteem more than a huge salary...
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Is There An End In Sight? Part 2…

There's a mysterious, somewhat strange-sounding convention in psychiatry, I think. I'm not sure. I've never imagined it would apply to me, so I've never bothered to investigate it.

I've steered far away from. It scares me.

Leaving

Here's how it was explained to me at the Eating Disorders Outpatient program I just completed. And remember, an eating disorder is a psychiatric illness.

For a minimum of two years, I was told, I could not go back to...
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Understanding My Eating Disorder + Some Surprises: Day 31…

You may be wondering where I've been since November 30 ~ Day Three ~ of my outpatient eating disorder treatment program.

Read the comments to that last post. You'll see some of my progress.

Since then a few things

I snapped the picture you see, this morning. It's a tight shot of my right hand.

Note the discolouration on my thumb. Not dirt. It's a bruise, black and blue.



I am very right-handed...
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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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Steve, Me and Calligraphy…

When I was about 16, I spent about nine months in a psychiatric hospital.

During that time, I was extremely ill. At one point, I became catatonic.

Following that hospitalization, I recovered at home with the help of my mother, who made two wise decisions.

My mother and my

The first, was to buy a dog for me to care for.

I was the sole family member to help her.

Finally, we settled on a Yorkshire Terrier....
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