Not only did I forget to recognize The Semicolon Project on April 16, I also didn’t submit a blog on the day I was supposed to. I praise myself for being timely and recognizing days that I see as important. I typically am very organized and sometimes, I become obsessed with routine. However, when I am a little off with my schedule, I tend to fill myself with regret and frustration.

You can’t regret something you did or should have done – we are humans and it happens. Keep reading »

From the hot tears of anguish to the cold, unfeeling stare of indifference, depression and emotions go hand-in-hand.

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Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.~Sai Baba

No Time to Waste

Are you doing what you always dreamed of doing? Are you living a blissful life at home and work? Do you feel like you are living life to the fullest? How would you spend each day or the last week of your life if you knew it was your last?

Easter Sunday reminds me of forgiveness, second chances, sacrifice, hope, new beginnings and possibilities. Let’s think about it, the story of Jesus’ last week on earth as a human being was riveting. His life and the life of others who crossed his path were filled with wondrous acts, profound prayer, realized prophecies, rich conversation, mesmeric moments, and game-changing events for all of mankind. He knew his life would end at week’s end even so He did not waste any time. He marched towards living a meaningful, passionate and impactful life. Keep reading »

Choosing to enter a residential treatment program for mental health issues or drug and alcohol abuse is a major decision and, for many, a step in the right direction for a better life. However, once the program is completed, it can leave you wondering what’s next. Keep reading »

Do you find it difficult, even impossible, to break through the blocks that keep you stuck in negative thinking patterns? Your self-esteem suffers when much of your day is spent focusing on the negatives in life. Learn how to add more positive experiences and interrupt the thinking patterns that don’t serve you with this simple approach in the short vlog below. Keep reading »

If there were one message I would want to beat into the collective conscious of our culture, it would be this: You can have an eating disorder at any weight, shape, or size. It seems that no matter how many eating disorder awareness weeks we have, we continue to have this idea of eating disorders that is dominated by Karen Carpenter, Mary-Kate Olsen, and a handful of other famous anorexics. Strangely, this belief seems to go both ways. If you are very thin, you must have an eating disorder, right?

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Things like depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are insidious. We work hard, sometimes for years, to take away their power so they no longer control our lives. And we do it! We’re going along, innocently living our lives, anxiety and such at a tolerable level, when, bam – these beasts spring up and give chase. When this happened to me recently, it took me a while, but I finally realized what was happening. Keep reading »

Chris T. (actual person, name has been changed) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. One of the ways his bipolar manifests is hypersexuality. This symptom drives Chris to act out sexually. He’s a married man and over the years has had two extramarital relationships. He has come perilously close on more than one occasion to losing his entire family.

“The question of balancing the illness with accountability is not just an abstract question to me,” says Chris’s wife, Millie.

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On 9/11 I was living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I was already deep into years of my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle. At the time of the attacks I was “sleeping late” due to my all-night insomnia. What woke me that morning was the enormous number of sirens careening down Broadway just outside my window. I lived one block from a firehouse and the amount of activity from their garage and on the street was deafening.

I sprang out of bed with my heart pounding. I’d been sensitizing my amygdala for years, so it took very little for me to have an exaggerated startle response and a quick emotional reaction when things out of the ordinary occurred. I turned on the radio and then the TV and watched as the drama unfolded.

New York is a tough city, but that day, a new type of survivorship had just begun. Keep reading »

One day, an older gentleman in his mid-60s walked up to me and asked me about the shirt I was wearing, which featured a bipolar emoticon. It is the same shirt I wore in my first HealthyPlace video blog.

In this audio blog, I share a conversation I had with a Vietnam veteran about his sister and how he felt about her anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. His feelings were surprising as well as inspiring.

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