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Deborah Bogen: Season of Light — and of Darkness

If you happen to meet someone for whom the season of light is a reminder of a dark time, of a sorrow or a loneliness, take a moment and sit with them, let them be that dark. Believe in their sorrow as you believe also in joy. Believe in them.

December 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Baldinger: The Hymn at the End

this fucking game is rigged
give your soul, you will be asked for more
eat shit, you will be asked to eat more
repeat until you’re too old to care, then please die

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jenny Roe: Blue space

Access to water features can boost city dwellers’ mental health.

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chuck Taylor: Cutting

At first, I had no idea why the dogs were in the cages. I heard stories that the dogs were picked up running loose at night through many neighborhoods and delivered in old trucks to the hospital at night. I could tell that many of these dogs had been pets.

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Treating Depression With Diet And Exercise

Can a combination of an anti-inflammatory diet and aerobic exercise help prevent depression?

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples

The sun is warm, the sky is clear, The waves are dancing fast and bright, Blue isles and snowy mountains wear The purple noon’s transparent might, The breath of the … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: We are a pre-existing condition

Gone is that loathsome sea of smug, suited, doughy, self-righteous, chortling, older white men in the Rose Garden gleefully celebrating the “moral travesty” of passing a billionaires’ tax cut bill … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Self-Compassion

. It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; many of us need to get better at self-compassion. This short animated film from School of Life shows us … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: There Is Such A Thing as Society

Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart? What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Age of Loneliness

What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Anti-inflammatory Diet as a Treatment for Depression

  . If depression can be induced with pro-inflammatory drugs, might an anti-inflammatory diet be effective in preventing and treating mood disorders? In this short video, Dr. Michael Greger discusses … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Elgin Park

. . In this award-winning short film by Pittsburgh film collective Animal, we see a portrait of Michael Paul Smith who after a childhood scarred by bullying and dark family secrets, … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Marilyn Monroe: Men Are Climbing To The Moon But They Don’t Seem Interested In The Beating Human Heart

[ed. note: On February 5th of 1961, a recently divorced, mentally exhausted Marilyn Monroe was taken by her psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, and committed to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work?

Dr. Michael Greger: Newly released Freedom of Information Act documents show that drug companies and the FDA hid critical findings from doctors and the public.

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

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