The one simple act changed my relationship with the pandemic.

In 2018, after thirty-two years of relishing in perfect eyesight, a routine optometry appointment indicated that it was time for me to get glasses. My first question was, “What about contacts?” For as long as I can remember, I’ve had strong reactions to tactile sensations. Mostly, I don’t like it. I pull away from touch,…

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What advice would you give to young people about grief?

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Thank you everyone for your support over the past few months. I’ve spent the time in monk-mode, putting the last serious edits into my memoir, MAY CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS (Central Recovery Press, June 2022). The work paid off. Johann Hari, award-winning journalist and author of the international bestseller Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of…

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You do Have Time. It’s Just Not Your Priority

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One of the most underrated and useful techniques in creating a steady life is to understand the purpose of priority. And yet, like most things in our hustle harder society, “priority” is a word that only comes up around work. We instinctively know that when it comes to our job, there are certain things that…

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The Lighter Path

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor Frankl In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, author and business strategist Greg McKeown talked about a concept he called, “The Lighter Path.”…

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“Depression Isn’t a Choice,” And Other Lies I Believed

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During my decade and a half of deep depression, my mother often said to me, “Honey, you can choose not to be depressed.” To which I responded, seething, “Depression isn’t a choice. Why would I choose this? I can’t just turn it on and off.” And then I’d huff out of the room and stew…

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Publication Bias & the Chemical Imbalance Theory

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This is the last installment of Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression. The previous installments can be found here: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV With social media at the forefront of 21st-century communication, there is a tendency for non-experts to argue with one another via evidence-based research. Having…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part IV

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Part I—The History of Chemical Imbalance Theory Part II—The Flaws of Chemical Imbalance Theory Part III—Pharmaceutical Advertising & Chemical Imbalance Theory At this point in our journey, you’re probably coming around to the idea that the chemical imbalance theory is flawed at best and an outright lie at worst. Although it’s been disproven over and…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part III

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This is the third installment of an ongoing series debunking the chemical imbalance theory of depression. Part I examines the history of the theory while Part II examines its fatal flaws. Part III looks at the history of pharmaceutical advertising. Antidepressants are a $26.25 billion dollar industry. If the industry as a whole was a…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part II

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This is Part II of Debunking the Chemical Imbalance theory. Part I can be found here. Psychiatry, like most hard sciences, suffers as research trickle down from laboratories to the mainstream. Take our friend from Part I, Harvard neuropsychopharmacologist Joseph Schildkraut, who said in 1965 that the chemical imbalance theory was “at best a reductionistic…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part I

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I’m going to take the time to dive into the chemical imbalance theory of depression, and why it’s a big ‘o pile of crap. I’m taking the time to do this because 80% of people believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, despite overwhelming evidence otherwise. Today I will focus on the history…

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