Category: Depression

Embrace The Overwhelm. 5 Steps To Help Someone Bypass Depression. Day 15 of 365

Embrace The Overwhelm. 5 Steps To Help Someone Bypass Depression. Day 15 of 365
About one month ago, I spent time with a lifelong friend. She’d been in great spirits as we caught up on each other’s lives, but then, without warning, she grew distant and quiet. She’s struggled with depression in the past, so I knew enough not to push. Instead, I busied myself and gave her plenty... Read more »

Thank you, Joan Didion. Day 5 of 365

Thank you, Joan Didion. Day 5 of 365
I recently finished Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking, a memoir about love, loss and grief. I’ll confess, it might have been the first book I’ve read — word for word, cover to cover — in a couple of years. I’ve never been a fast reader — something I’ve often felt tremendous shame about. And though I love... Read more »

NYE got you down? Hope this helps you feel less alone.

NYE got you down? Hope this helps you feel less alone.
If you’ve ever experienced anything close to breathless sadness or profound loneliness, I understand. If you’ve wondered what tomorrow holds — and how you’ll get through to another morning — I’ve been there. And if you know the indescribable feeling in the pit of your stomach that accompanies a cocktail of uncertainty, confusion and bewilderment,... Read more »
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Feeling Overwhelmed? Let A Few Spinning Plates Drop.

As I sit here contemplating all that I might possibly write, my body tenses as the horrible cycle of self doubt and overthinking begins: “What should this post even be about?” “Make it interesting…yet real…and authentic…but don’t overwrite…” “How in depth should I go? And isn’t it spelled indepth?” “Am I in a light mood?... Read more »

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.
(This letter first appeared in article form on my LinkedIn page on 3/17/17. I composed and posted the piece only after consulting with — and receiving direct input and approval from — parents, physicians, legislators, medical advocates and international researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health). An Open Letter To Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner... Read more »

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write
I’ve written only two press releases in my life, both in the past 4 months, both covering a set of pediatric autoimmune disorders called PANDAS & PANS. Only one of those press releases — this one — brought me to my knees.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 5, 2017 — The national non-profit organization Pandas/Pans... Read more »
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Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.

Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.
To “Make America Great Again”, it must start from within. To help make life great again, here are 50 lessons learned from my worst year ever. The bad news is, you will never run out of things to cry about. The good news is, not everything you cry about will be sad. Bits of shattered dreams can... Read more »

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion
I do not know him. I do not know his circumstances. I do not know his story. All I need to know is he was arrested near my children’s school, steps from my home, carrying a loaded shotgun. I stayed up half the night trying to find the right way to share my feelings about... Read more »

Gene Wilder Set An Emotional Anchor For My Life

This is the first post I’ve written in almost a year, about a man I never met, born in the same city as me (Milwaukee), who now happens to be dead. That man is American actor Gene Wilder. Wilder died on August 29th, 2016. Here is the statement issued from his nephew: It is with... Read more »
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A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.

A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.
In this series, I plan to post as frequently and as honestly as possible about my own journey with depression — and to share my efforts to support my teenage daughter (with her permission) as she battles the same disease. November 22, 2015 Exactly one week ago today, I flew to Vermont with my husband... Read more »
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    I tend to cover life's ups and downs. I don't shy away from the tougher, more emotional stories. While I'm always willing to voice an opinion, it sometimes contradicts my innate desire to please everyone at all times. Such is this crazy life, I suppose. Ultimately, I search for meaning in the human experience, and openly share how I (try to) keep my head above water. Thanks so much for dropping by. I really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

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