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Sarah Fader: Parenting a Special Needs Child

Sarah Fader on parenting a special needs child with mental health challenges.

Veterans Day and Mental Health

Read Mark C. Russell's November 9th editorial published in The Seattle Times entitled, On this Veterans Day, where is the outrage over mental-health crisis? Russell concludes with this call to action: Honor our veterans this [...]

Hypnotherapy

Last Friday, I drove my son down to La Jolla (across the street from UC San Diego!) to see pediatric hypnotherapist and pulmonologist, Dr. Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP of Center Point Medicine. My son [...]

Worn Out

Photos taken & poem written October 2015. It's that season again... Exhausted Overwhelmed Not thinking clearly Not able to complete sentences Not able to answer direct questions Fumbling with language With [...]

I do not whisper. I ROAR.

Motherhood transformed me. My identity changed. Now it changes again. I have constantly reinvented myself over my lifetime. As a pre-med biochemistry major at UCLA, I was miserable and suicidal. Then I studied part-time [...]

Book Reviews: fAdE tO bLuE and mOnOchrOme

fAdE tO bLuE by H.M. Jones fAdE tO bLuE is H.M. Jones' prequel to mOnOchrOme. Those of us who read Monochrome met the fascinating character Ishmael. This prequel gives us Ishmael's back story and explains more about how [...]

Review: Birth of a New Brain #PostPartumBipolar

Dyane Harwood thrilled me when she sent me an advance copy of her memoir, Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. (I pre-ordered it and was anxiously awaiting it’s October [...]

Hypomania, Praise, and Self-Talk

Photo thanks to Gustavo Espíndola The praise came. Kitt loved to please. The more praise she received, the better she felt. The more she achieved, the higher she soared, until she couldn't. Her [...]

ALPIM Anxiety-Laxity-Pain-Immune-Mood

Many of us living with mental illness have other chronic illnesses. Often we are not treated for our "physical" illnesses, as many doctors dismiss them as psychosomatic. "Mental" illnesses ARE "physical" illnesses, and "physical" illnesses affect [...]