Celebrating Your Courage Will Connect You With Your “Me” and With Community

A seriously cool veteran was cruising Old Town today on his Harley with about fifty American flags affixed in mysterious ways to his bike and person.  I cannot figure how, but those flags were not going anywhere he was not. I had forgotten today is Veterans Day, even though my kids were all home, off from […]

Besmirching God with My Crazy

I’m sitting here in a volunteer medical clinic for a 60K attendee camporee. It’s humid and hot and we are seeing a lot of dehydration, amongst other things.  As a psychiatrist, I’m humming the Hallelujah chorus as I discover how much general medicine I still remember, from gout, viral rashes, respiratory and ear infections, cuts […]

Self-Stigma and MYTH

What is it like when people talk with you, a psychiatric patient? How do all the areas we are contending with in stigma affecting your interaction with others? – Demonic possession, shame, violent tendencies, weak character, and poor moral choices? We want to hear from you. Some stories please. One patient told me that her […]

Daughters of Dementia – book

Introducing a lovely book written by Leslie Birkland, and Lindsey Denhof, who are sisters who felt compelled to share personal and revealing stories about their father as he fell deeper and deeper into the tragic memory robbing abyss called Dementia. The two sisters narrate their experiences born from different perspectives, but very much driven from the same heart. […]

The Heroic Patient

Sorena wore a black knit scarf around a thick neck, folds between scarf and skin. She came in with reflective smooth skin and frozen brow.  After many botox injections, she increasingly found it difficult to change her expression.  People often accused her of not caring about difficult things they were disclosing, and she realized the issue was, […]

Blood, Sweat, and Imperfections – Mommy Don’t Look!

Blood soaked and layered with fallen governments, the Acropolis remains, a witness and teacher to a summer fling.  A tour of the Acropolis and its new museum taught much. #1 – Never go on such travel without a tour guide. She made all the difference. Without her, I might have lasted for an hour, or an […]

Christianity and medicine – how do we fit?

There is an awkwardness, like seeing two boyfriends at the dance, when talking about medical treatment along with one’s Christian “treatment” toward health. I’ve heard in public about a Christian depression recovery program, “Daniel and Revelation will help heal your depression because for every negative statement, there is an admonition!” As a strong believer in […]

Bilbo and Me, trying to get to the Smoky Mountain

Imagine, a young father playing basketball with his buddies on a Sunday in the gym, joking around, slapping each others butts, (because, help us, that’s what they do!) Sweat is rolling down his face. Call him Jake. He’s heavier after three kids, but he’s trying to lose the baby weight. His wife has to wear […]

Start Over

Muscled and gorgeous, he came in, like dessert, main course, and appetizer. Some people just carry themselves that way. It doesn’t work if they dress low, chest hair accentuated by opened buttons and glimmering chains. It doesn’t work if it’s their agenda, checking to see if you noticed, a finger hovering over the acoustic applause […]

Making our way through the questions on ECT – Top 3 Reasons for Being an Advocate

How do you address the issue of cognitive and memory impairments? What are your top 3 reasons for being an advocate for ECT? What are the differences between ‘old’ ECT and ‘modern’ ECT? Ooh La La! So much fun to play dress up! When I was a scrub, a solid big boned unkempt of the […]