Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Measuring Moods with Focus

Behind all of my work is the belief that you can predict, prevent and manage episodes of anxiety, depression and mania with practices in focused attention. These practices are meditation, movement and meaningful work.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Anxiety is Normal

Anxiety in and of itself is not a bad thing.  Someone has to worry about paying the bills, and someone has to have just enough fear to make sure the doors are locked and everyone is safe at night.  There are reasons to be cautious and reasons to be careful.  Anxiety, in fair amounts, helps us make good decisions and stay well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Reinforcing Stigma in Unexpected Ways

Do we perpetuate the stigma against those with mental illness by trying to normalize or speak more gently of mental disorders?

Language is powerful. The words we use to define things greatly influence how we feel about them. Can safe words result in damage to the people we’re trying to help?

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.