A Lesson From Oprah

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

A Lesson From Oprah

As millions have, I was watching the final days of the Oprah Winfrey Show. During one episode, she mentioned that her show was all about life lessons. Oprah replayed a clip from years ago showing actress Tracy Gold (who recovered from anorexia) pleading with an emmaciated, long-time, anorexia patient. She was saying "all you have to do is nourish your brain." When Tracy was finished, the woman wearily said "I know that, but how do you do it?" No one had an answer. And for Oprah, that was her "ah-ha moment." From that episode on, Oprah brought on guests to share information on how to accomplish whatever it was they were talking about on the show.

On HealthyPlace, we've been doing that for years; providing step-by-step mental health treatment information. For instance, we have the "Gold Standard series" by award-winning author, Julie Fast, which covers all forms of treatment for depression and bipolar disorder:

But some people ask: "What if I'm too depressed to help myself?" We have the answer that may help you with that too.

Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Your Thoughts: From the HealthyPlace Forums and Chat

On our Anorexia Forum, Brian2 says "My daughter is 31 and has been struggling with this for about 12 years. She recently went through a 2 week out-patient program at a hospital. Not sure what that will do but it's the first constructive she's done after much destructive behavior." Brian is looking for some guidance. Sign into the forums and share your thoughts and comments on anorexia recovery and supporting a loved one.

Join us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat

You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren't already, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you'll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.

Trip from Mental Illness to Advocacy

Shannon Flynn has survived the ravages of Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Self-Injury. Now she's out helping others. How Shannon survived and the motivation behind her altruism is the focus of this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Trip from Mental Illness to Advocacy - TV Show blog)

Other Recent HPTV Shows

Coming in June on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • Living Straight, Coming Out Gay
  • Surviving a Long-Lasting Battle with Depression

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

Parenting an ADHD Child the Right Way

When parents first hear that their child has ADHD, many feel as if they've been set adrift on an emotional sea of guilt, isolation, confusion and fear. To help these parents and their children navigate the challenges of home life, school, and ADHD treatment, Tracey Bromley Goodwin and Holly Oberacker have created Navigating ADHD: Your Guide to the Flip Side of ADHD. We discuss parenting solutions for ADHD children on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

Help for parenting an ADHD child and in-depth information on ADHD

Other Recent HealthyPlace Radio Shows

  • Sexual Assault Recovery: I'm sure you've heard the phrase "can't you just get over it?" Unfortunately, so have a lot of people who have been sexually assaulted. Trauma specialist, Dr. Kathleen Young, joins us to discuss the recovery process and why it's difficult recovering from sexual assault and rape.
  • The Hidden Causes of Anxiety and How to Treat Them: The cause of your anxiety disorder doesn't have to be strictly psychological. There are also physical reasons why people develop anxiety disorders and sometimes they are overlooked by health professionals. Dr. Sharon Heller discusses the physical causes of anxiety and how to treat them.

Help for the Overly Protective Parent

Are you an overly protective parent? If you or someone you care about has not fully considered the trouble with raising children in a bubble, Dr. Steven Richfield, The Parent Coach, has parenting tips for balancing protection with support for independence.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2011, May 27). A Lesson From Oprah, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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