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Some Things We Might Learn from Robin Williams’ Death

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Plato Bust“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams’ suicide begin to settle, we might reflect upon what we might learn from this tragic event.

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and author of the classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, reminds us that we may sink into despair and depression unless we find meaning in tragic circumstances. What meanings and wisdom might we gather as we mourn the loss of one of our great actors and humorists — and by all accounts, a kind and generous human being?

Robin Williams, Creativity & Mental Illness

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Robin Williams, Creativity & Mental Illness

Robin Williams’ suicide this past week has brought forward some commentators who are linking his creative genius to his mental illness. While we can’t say for certain whether his creativity was due, at least in part, to his mental illness, we can say this — there is a lot less of a link between these two things than most people think.

We should remember Robin Williams and attribute his creativity to where it probably best belongs — to a personality, intelligence and insight into the human condition that few people have.

And we should put to rest the myth that in order to be a creative genius, one must also be mentally ill.

Robin Williams, Mental Illness Sufferer, Dead at 63 Due to Suicide

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Robin Williams, Bipolar Sufferer, Dead at 63 Due to Suicide

When a person chooses suicide, it’s hard to accept that choice.

Comedian and award-winning actor Robin Williams apparently made that choice earlier this morning. Robin Williams has long suspected to be a sufferer of either depression or bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness where the person fluctuates between episodes of extreme energy, focus and productivity (mania) and severe depression. Apparently, he was in one of the episodes of depression when he took his own life.

We mourn his loss.

How Warren Buffett Found the Key to Happiness

Friday, August 8th, 2014

How Warren Buffett Found the Key to HappinessMoney will not change how healthy you are or how many people love you. — Warren Buffett

So let’s start off with a tough reality: it’s unlikely that any of us will be as rich as Warren Buffett. In fact, he’s so rich that one-thousandth of a percent of his wealth is still about $6.5 million.

Before I get into why Buffett is winning at life, let me answer the question that’s probably roaming in the back of your mind: How could I possibly relate to someone so wealthy?

Eating Disorders in Men

Friday, August 8th, 2014

eatingAccording to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million males in the United States will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives.

That number is staggering. Even more startling is the fact that men who battle eating disorders are significantly less likely than women to reach out for help.

The Phenomenon of the Selfie

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Phenomenon of the SelfieBack in 2005-2006, when MySpace emerged on the social networking scene, I’d be in the backyard snapping photos of myself for my profile picture.

“Lauren, you can point the camera to the outside world, you know.” Oh right, that. My mom did have a point or two, but it was the era of the selfie.

Whether those MySpace shots captured melodramatic teenage angst or glamour fun or autumn joy (yes, I did take a picture of myself in a pile of leaves), the selfie surely made its presence known.

The Ritual Sacrifice of Amanda Knox

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Ritual Sacrifice of Amanda KnoxWhat do domestic violence, terrorism, the apparently renewable cold war and the repeat trials of Amanda Knox have in common? In a word, the devolution of humanity.

Knox, if you managed to miss the media storm about her, is the young American exchange student convicted, acquitted, then convicted again of the 2007 brutal murder of her roommate in Italy. She is currently living in her hometown of Seattle while awaiting yet another trial, an appeal to the Italian Supreme Court later this year.

Movie Review: Frankie & Alice

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Movie Review: Frankie & Alice

It’s been 57 years since The Three Faces of Eve premiered in move theaters. One of the first cinematic portrayals of serious mental illness, the movie starred Joanne Woodward. She would end up winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance portraying three different personalities in one individual in the film.

Enter Halle Berry and her performance in Frankie and Alice. Although first released to very limited audience in 2010, it garnered Berry a Golden Globe nomination in 2011 for her lead role in the film. In it, she portrays Frankie, a go-go dancer in the 1970s who experiences blackouts she can’t explain.

Finally released more generally this past week, it’s an interesting and engaging addition to the film category of movies portraying multiple personalities.

6 Famous People with Depression Who Inspire Me

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

6 Famous People with Depression Who Inspire MeWhen a famous actor/actress, politician, or prominent figure of any kind risks ridicule to discuss their mood disorder, the world stops to listen.

For as long as his or her face graces the cover of a glossy magazine or the TV interview runs, folks seem to appreciate the sweat and suffering that those with depression and bipolar disorder endure as part of their illness.

I know that for me, I certainly listen to their stories, empathize with them, and take away lessons that I can use in my own recovery from depression and anxiety. Celebrities, for better or worse, can inspire us.

Here are just six of those celebrities that inspire me.

An Open Letter to Those Defending Woody Allen

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

An Open Letter to Those Defending Woody AllenWhen I read the article by Dylan Farrow, I was shocked by her bravery, honesty and resiliency.

I was surprised by how she was willing to stand up against someone who is revered by our society as a talented artist.

However, I was more shocked by those who are willing to defend Woody Allen, a man who has been accused of child sexual abuse by one adopted daughter and married the other one [Ed. – Allen was never Soon-Yi Previn’s father, adopted or otherwise, according to both Allen and Previn.]. The myriad reasons for this defense show a complete lack of understanding for the complex trauma of a child sex abuse victim.

Let’s discuss some of those reasons…

What’s Behind the Popularity of Duck Dynasty?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

What's Behind the Popularity of Duck Dynasty?I never would have thought that a redneck family from West Monroe, Louisiana would be involved in one of the highest-rated reality shows on television, but I’ve clearly been proven wrong.

“Duck Dynasty,” which follows a family who manufactures duck calls for hunting season, has created a ‘duck nation’ of followers. Many may relate to the Robertson clan one way or another — whether it’s through their humorous antics, or Uncle Si’s endless array of hilariously entertaining shenanigans or one-liners (Si-isms).

And while I personally laugh with the utmost enthusiasm during each 30-minute episode (laughing with them, not at them; I think the gang is acutely aware of their comic relief), I’m honing in on their primal love for family and togetherness.

Brandon Marshall Fined for Speaking in Support of Mental Health

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Brandon Marshall Fined for Speaking in Support of Mental HealthThe National Football League recently fined Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall $10,500 for a uniform violation.

Marshall’s sin? He broke the league-sanctioned dress code for October — pink, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He did this by wearing green cleats in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week (which was Oct. 6-12 this year).

It’s not a big deal unless you know that Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and thought mental health deserved as much recognition as cancer.

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