Monthly Archives: September 2016

Nostalgia or Reality? The Travails of Someone Who Remembers Too Much

I wanted to write something light today, maybe a story from my younger years not punctuated by my father’s threats of violence or my mother’s benign neglect. In short, without the grand hand-wringing mess of angst this blog has, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Solitary Amusement or What Next?

My little corner of the universe It is Wednesday and I am again in my office with silence, my old friend, punctuated occasionally by the sound of my typing. Yesterday I spent the entire day like this. I saw no … Continue reading

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Mental Illness in Middle Age Must Be Addressed

There’s something that just keeps bugging me so I’ve decided to write a post about it. I sign up for all these depression/bipolar/anxiety sites and without fail, every one of them features writers, editors and commenters who skew heavily (1) … Continue reading

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Well meaning advice and sick coping strategies

You have your coping mechanisms, I have mine. Post Script: HOW COULD I MISS THIS? It’s one of my favorite movies. Anyway, the subtitle for this piece should be: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. The … Continue reading

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Settle Down Francis

Yes, yes, yes and.  .  . yes. Indicative of the strain I’m under (and admittedly not handling well), ‘bad Keith’ came out on the blog last night and went into manic posting mode which last reared it’s head around 10 … Continue reading

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Suicidal Ideation? Keep your mouth shut!

I’ve just read something that has made me so mad, I’ve actually gotten chest pains and shortness of breath. A University Is Threatening to Punish Students Who Discuss Their Suicidal Thoughts With Friends The school is Northern Michigan University. The … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, counseling, depression, Mary Brundage, mental health, suicide, suicide prevention awareness month, torture, University of Northern Michigan, violence | Leave a comment

The Shame Game or how to lose a crappy psychologist in six sessions or less

This story highlights the fact that there are a great number of shitty mental health professionals out there:9 women share horror stories about being shamed for their mental health — by doctors I think it is my fate to have … Continue reading

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