Archives for October, 2010

Coping with Depression

Me, Dog and My Depression

My dog's name is Dog.

He came with the name and it seems to be working for him. He is a mutt, about 40 pounds, orange with a little white on his chest and different color toenails. One ear sticks straight out, like Yoda, and the other flops over.

Dog is my best friend. I have human friends but I am not as comfortable with them as I am with Dog. I am not a...
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General

Dsythymia: Depression Lite

I walked by the desk of one of my editors on Wednesday and she asked, "It's Wednesday, right?"

I stopped, thought about it a second and said, "Yeah. All day." I told her. "I know when it's Monday or Friday but Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are a blur."

It's true. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I just suit up, show up and work. The only reason I care whether it...
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Alcoholism

The Math Behind My Depression and Alcoholism

As of this minute, the Census estimates the population at 310,477,719.
Researchers believe that in any given year, ten percent of the population will suffer from a major depression. That's 31,047,771 million suffering Americans.
Researchers also estimate that about 12 percent of the population has alcoholism. That's 37,257,326 Americans with alcoholism.
Combined, that is 68,305,097 American with alcoholism or in a major depression.
For every person with a mental illness there will be...
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Alcoholism

See the Addict Run. Run Addict, Run.

This morning I read about a prominent researcher who has received a $ million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study whether rigorous exercise can reduce an addict's craving for drugs.

As an addict/alcoholic who once ran the last six miles of a marathon in my socks because my shoes were killing me, the answer is NO. Let me say it again: NO.

Maybe some addicts will benefit...
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