Category Archives: Blog

On Stardom and Mental Health

Individuals who are very talented artistically and achieve early success or fame are in a very vulnerable position. As artists, they tend to be extremely sensitive by nature—this is part of their genius and is sometimes a burden they must … Continue reading

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On Tools to Fight Addiction and Depression—from a Suicide Survivor

I’ve been there; in that dark place that no one likes to talk about socially, the pit of emotional hell that feels impossible to crawl out of. I struggled with addiction and depression, which for me went hand-in-hand, for over … Continue reading

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Don’t Take Anything Personally—(and What to do When You Do)

In my book Out of the Woods I talk about how very ongoing recovery becomes. Issues don’t always go away—sometimes we just get better and faster—and funnier—in dealing with them. Here’s an example: Two few weeks ago I made a … Continue reading

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A conversation with LOVE IN THE LAND OF DEMENTIA author Deborah Shouse

A while back I had the notion that I would begin a series of interviews with authors. I wanted to talk with people who had written about themes I found compelling – love and courage and growth and self-awareness. I … Continue reading

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Is Online Video Gaming a Haven for the Insecure?

Online gaming, along with social media sites such as Facebook, have proliferated exponentially, both in terms of their numbers of users and their sophistication, especially among youths and young adults. With respect to online gaming, the erstwhile “first person shooter,” … Continue reading

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Celebrities and mental illness: Why having it all isn’t everything

Written by Eva Kis Published August 13, 2014 Published: August 13, 2014 On the screen and stage, Robin Williams was a frenetic blur of joyful energy and wit. But behind the smile lurked something we don’t associate with celebrities: depression. Over … Continue reading

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Would You Rather Be Right or Would You Rather Be Happy?

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu Internally, deep down, many people have the experience that they are damaged, broken, “not good enough,” or simply “not enough.” Such thoughts and the … Continue reading

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Writing from the front lines of alcoholism

Frances Simone is a professor emeritus of Marshall University’s South Charleston campus. Central Recovery Press recently published her memoir, “Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows.” She talked to the Gazette about the book, which recounts … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Understand the Mysteries of the Unconscious?

Outreach is an important topic these days in psychoanalysis. As I have explored in a previous post, there is a growing sense that psychoanalysts must reach out beyond the privacy of their offices and professional journals if their profession is to survive. … Continue reading

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Shoes for Walking in These Woods

Women and shoes. Can there be a book for women that doesn’t talk about shoes? We like them; we own more pairs than the average man. There are lots of reasons why women buy and love shoes. Even when you … Continue reading

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