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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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10 Reasons To Celebrate Aging…

Yesterday was my birthday. I'm not sad. Not manic, either. Just celebrating aging and a joyous day. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. It went on for three days, beginning Saturday. I had my hair cut. Very short. It's a brush cut. I love carefree hair. Who has time to fuss with hair, so  every eight weeks, I'm buzzed.

2. Then, I met my closest girlfriend and we walked to a tiny perfect new...
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7 Reasons Why Working Heals…

I'm not dead. I'm still here. I'm not "away" in a mental hospital. I'm not manic and flying.

You may have thought that and I wouldn't blame you.

Quite the contrary – I'm thriving on


Work is the greatest therapy of all. Here's why:

Work gives you a sense of purpose and we all need to feel purposeful and useful.
It gives you a reason to get up in the morning, get dressed and get...
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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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Is Neurotic The New Normal?

Maybe there's hope for

In today's New York Times, the lead article in the Sunday Review is titled Where Have All the Neurotics Gone? by health reporter Benedict Carey.

Where are neurotics today?

It seems they've become a thing of the past. An old, dying breed. According to Carey,
"For a generation of postwar middle-class Americans, being neurotic meant something more than being merely anxious, and something other than exhibiting the hysteria or other disabling...
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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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My Reunion With Dr. Bob, Part 1…

As anyone acquainted with me and this blog knows, I see a psychiatrist regularly for my mood disorder. We started seeing each other in 1991.

He's an unusual

Dr. Bob is not a psychoanalyst like my first psychotherapist back in 1960. She was Jungian and probably one of the only therapists to treat children like me in Toronto.

"A very, very, very difficult child," I've been told time and again all my life. "There was something wrong with you."

You hear that...
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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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Trauma…


This post is in response to Dr. Suzanne Phillips and Dianne Kane's fascinating Healing Together for Couples post on Hoarding Behaviour.

By the way, yesterday, somehow, it was accidentally posted, unfinished!

I'm so

Now it's here, camera ready, as they used to say in those by-gone days of print. :)

It began as a comment, but was so long, I decided to post about it.

So, thank you, "Phillips and...
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