Interview Articles

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Heather Foster

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Heather Foster, pic for interview

“Thriving with Mental Illness” is a regular interview series featuring individuals who have a mental illness and are living well. Unfortunately, we don’t hear these stories nearly enough.

We don’t hear nearly enough about people with mental illness who are living healthy, meaningful lives. And we don’t hear nearly enough about how they manage their illness.

5 Steps to Find Calm: An Interview with Robert J. Wicks

Friday, June 20th, 2014

New Photo

Renowned psychiatrist Peter Kramer once said that the opposite of depression isn’t happiness. It’s resilience, the ability to bounce back from tragedy, to regain a healthy sense of perspective after traumatic or stressful experiences.

In my recovery from depression and anxiety, it is calm — more than excitement or joy or contentment — that I seek. I want merely to enjoy a good night’s sleep and an evening without negative intrusive thoughts. I want to keep my heart rate down during challenging weeks, to let emotion take a back seat to rational thought, if that is even possible.

‘We Would Need a Monument 5 Times Bigger than the Vietnam Memorial’

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

need-monument-vietnam-memorial

We can do more to prevent gun-related mental health deaths. But probably not the deaths you’re thinking of.

You’re probably thinking of all those high-profile, media-driven mass shootings that apparently are becoming more and more common. You might even think the shooter’s mental health is a big component of identifying and preventing similar future shootings.

But the title of this headline isn’t referring to just those deaths. It’s referring to the estimated 300,000 people killed by gunshot wounds in the past decade that were due to mental illness.

And the reason so few people care about these deaths? Because the vast majority of them — more than 95 percent — are suicides.

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Summer Beretsky

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Summer Beretsky

This is the third installment of our monthly series, which features individuals living with and thriving with mental illness.

I wanted to share this series because even though having a mental illness is hard – really hard – we don’t hear enough stories about people who are doing well.

We don’t hear much about people who are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

We also don’t hear nearly enough about how they do it.

Strategies for the Chronically Overworked

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Witnesses to Workplace Bullying More Apt to Consider Quitting Than VictimsThe following is an interview with Dr. Greg Marcus, founder of the Idolbuster Coaching Institute.

Q: Dr. Greg, I recently read your book, Busting Your Corporate Idol: How to Reconnect with Values & Regain Control of Your Life. I was impressed with how well you described the dysfunction behind the “company-first” identity, which so many corporations adhere to. Please share more about this, what you mean by corporate idolatry, and what people who work in these environments should be aware of.

A: In many companies, you are expected to be on call 24/7. This includes checking email and taking phone calls on vacation. In effect, people are asked to make the company a higher priority than whatever else is going on in their lives.

Mental Health Memoir: 6 Questions with Millicent Monks

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

millicent monks

In this new series we’re interviewing authors of memoirs, which focus on mental illness.

This month we spoke with Millicent Monks, author of Songs of Three Islands: A Personal Tale of Motherhood and Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family.

Listening to Our Emotions

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Listening to Our EmotionsIlene Dillon is a world-renowned change agent and transformation specialist. Believing that truth is simple, she seeks and imparts the most straightforward and simple ways to understand and live life. Known as the Emotional Pro, Ilene has conducted her Parenting Consciously and personal awakening workshops worldwide and on Internet radio. She was interviewed by Francine Silverman.

The Enchanted Self: A Q&A with Barbara Becker Holstein

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The Enchanted Self: A Q&A with Barbara Becker HolsteinDr. Barbara Becker Holstein is nationally known as a positive psychologist and happiness coach and host of Happiness for Women Only and Enchanted Self, both aired on several Internet stations, including Lady Bug Live.

Authors & Technology, on Blog Talk Radio, is designed to educate authors to be more business savvy in their use of technology to bring their books to the world. She is also the originator of The Enchanted Self, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. Here she is interviewed by Francine Silverman.

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Susannah Bortner

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Susannah BortnerHere’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard — really hard — many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.

That’s why we’ve created this new interview series. It debuted last month with Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar.

This month we’re honored to talk to Susannah Bortner, a mom, writer, early education teacher and amateur baker living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. Martin

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. MartinHere’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard — really hard — many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.  

That’s why we’ve created this new interview series. Every month we’ll talk with people about everything from how they overcome the toughest challenges of their mental illness to how they’ve found treatment to their favorite resources.

In our first interview, Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar, shares her story. She reveals how she received her diagnosis along with powerful and inspiring insights into managing bipolar disorder, the importance of honesty, how loved ones can help and much, much more.

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times. Its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how?

In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller The Mindful Way Through Depression to explain how bringing awareness to all your activities can battle the blues.

Now the authors have followed that up with a workbook, The Mindful Way Workbook, that includes targeted exercise, self-assessments, and guided meditations. I have the privilege of conducting an interview here with coauthor John Teasdale, Ph.D. about how mindfulness can reduce depression.

How I Create: Q&A With Authors Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Authors Dan Millman & Sierra PrasadaI’m honored to feature both Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada for this month’s “How I Create” series. Millman and Prasada are the authors of the new book The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way From Inspiration to Publication.

In it, they feature five stages of creativity and combine their personal stories with sage insights from other writers and artists. (I shared their wise advice in my piece on creative cures for writer’s block.)

Below, they share a glimpse into their creative process along with surprising insights on cultivating creativity.

Recent Comments
  • Archie G.: One weakness of this widely reported study is that defines masturbation and intercourse poorly and...
  • Dr. Sam: Got his book! As a contributor on topics such as Narcissism, I have always thought that Narcissists go on...
  • Jennifer: I just bailed out on a volunteer activity I had committed to because I didn’t want to do it to begin...
  • Lisa Tibbitts: I am concerned because this article is meant to be educating from a reliable psychologically based...
  • Jack64: I work in the Technology sector. I have had this stuff happen to me multiple times. I’ve had people...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 7349
Join Us Now!