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bipolar

It’s Time To Hit The Reset Button

This past week I had the second of two cataract surgeries on my right eye – they're doing this for younger people these days. The left eye was "done" a month ago.

This means I haven't been walking my dogs or lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. for weeks. I'm immobile. For the first time in years, my favourite exercise, walking my dogs, is verboten.

I don't enjoy solo walking. Furthermore, the weather has been anything...
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bipolar

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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anxiety

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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bipolar

Thanksgiving In The Great White North

Okay. It's not white and snowy up here yet, but if you're beneath the 49th parallel, Canada is definitely north and in many ways, great.

For one thing, today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a national holiday that always corresponds to your Columbus Day, and a great season for thanksgiving, too. Harvest Time.

All over my neighbourhood, walking my two Dandie Dinmont Terriers today, I've encountered people harvesting or clearing out their gardens, a...
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anxiety

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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eating disorders

Military Structure Helps Challenged Teen Boys Succeed – Part One

Brass buttons were bursting with pride at last month's 33rd annual Robert Land Academy graduation ceremony.

Another class of mature, respectful, goal-oriented and successful young men completed their high school education at Canada's only military-style boarding school for adolescent boys, some as young as 11 years of age.

School Stresses Academic Excellence


Nestled in southern Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, these boys flourish in a school environment unlike any they've...
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advocacy

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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communication

Day 17: An Affectionate Nod To The Late Nora Ephron…

In front of me I've placed two dog-eared, yellowing paperbacks from my library. I've kept them for years.

Wallflower at the Orgy and Crazy Salad (first editions) both by magnificently multi-talented, versatile, prolific and relentlessly funny Nora Ephron.

Ephron died yesterday of "pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukaemia," her son Jacob Bernstein told the New York Times in today's edition.

No one is


But somehow, I always believed
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