Revealing Weaknesses of Mental Health Professionals & Diagnoses

The other morning I was enjoying my morning routine of coffee and news when I came upon Dr. Frances' (psychiatrist and former chair of the DSM-IV Task Force) comments on Trump.  If you don't know, there's been a ton of debate among psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists on whether or not we have a duty to … Continue reading Revealing Weaknesses of Mental Health Professionals & Diagnoses

When Hope Feels Like Bullshit

When we're down, especially when we're really down, we have a hard time feeling hopeful, being optimistic, or seeing that things will get better.  It can be particularly frustrating, even infuriating, for someone who is very depressed to hear, "oh, it'll get better," "it'll be okay," or, "it's not that bad."  The person saying this … Continue reading When Hope Feels Like Bullshit

Locating the Cessation of Suffering in Its Cause

Some time ago, one of my dharma teachers suggested the phrase, I have everything I need, as a mantra of sorts to return to when caught up in feelings of anxiety. At the time it sounded a bit hokey to me--the idea of stopping in a moment of anxiousness to say to myself, “Laura, you … Continue reading Locating the Cessation of Suffering in Its Cause