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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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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 16: Researching and Reflecting on Sherry Turkle’s Work

I've been in touch with Sherry Turkle, initially to request an interview.

The pre-eminent scholar on technology and


Right now, she's buried under a pile of dissertations, grading or marking, as we say here in this country, and how well I understand the pressure of that task.

It is backbreaking work. She declined my request most graciously, but surprisingly expressed an interest in this blog.

Sherry Turkle is the pre-eminent...
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advocacy

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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depression

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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bipolar

Day Four: Graduating With My PhD in Me

This morning I saw my psychiatrist Dr. Bob for the first time since May 16. One month ago.

"My exit strategy"...

We're spacing out our appointments. Seeing each other monthly. This is all part of my "exit strategy" from my psychiatric psychotherapy.

Dr. Bob and I began seeing each other in 1990. That's 22 years of life-changing therapy.

This past February he spent six weeks at Addis Ababa University teaching psychiatric residents through an exchange program...
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