Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Remarkable People Podcast


I spoke with David Pasqualone on his "Remarkable People Podcast" about mental illness, bipolar disorder and anxiety. The interview focuses on meditation techniques that can help one predict, prevent or manage episodes of anxiety, depression or mania.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Older Men and Deaths of Despair


It's striking how many men over 45 kill themselves or die of accidental overdose.

Such deaths, which occur at four times the rate of the general population, can only be prevented if men begin telling their stories and seeking help. But even when they seek help they are often misunderstood and interventions are rarer than they should be.

I wrote about this for the International Bipolar Foundation. Please read The Stories of Men with Mental Illness.

I'll be online in conversation with The Ivy Bookshop on July 9th at 6:30p EDT. Please join me. Register here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lectio Divina on Psalm 123


Lectio Divina is a practice of meditating on a reading, often a sacred reading, that resonates with you. I'll ponder anything from Shakespeare's sonnets to ancient Chinese poetry. But my favorites for contemplation are the psalms.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How Do You Define Mindfulness?


The word mindfulness is tossed around so much these days that it’s become difficult to define. So many people use it in so many different ways, promising so many varying positive results, that I’ve stopped using the word at all. Because I’m not sure what it means.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Locating Trauma in the Body


To successfully treat trauma, one must consider and confront the way trauma is held in the body as well as the mind.

Mental illness is a unique physical experience, and too much therapeutic attention paid to the mind independent of the body is doomed to fail, or possibly even make matters worse.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Anxiety Begins in Your Body


Anxiety is a physical experience. It’s often first felt in the body, and by paying attention to the body we can learn to predict, prevent or manage difficult episodes.

That’s the main point of my new book, Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis. Here’s an excerpt:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

It's Difficult to Correctly Diagnose a Mental Illness


It took years and a few doctors before I was correctly diagnosed and treated. The trouble is, this happens to most people with severe mental illness.