Umbrella Reflections in NYC: Don’t Let the Rain Cloud Your Brain.


Bad weather makes for bad moods, just like good weather makes for good moods. It’s pretty simple, and I don’t think anyone would deny that relationship. If you are even slightly prone to depression, rainy, cloudy days can increase your emotional angst exponentially. A string of rainy days can send a depressed person spiraling downwards, […]

Anxiety? Eat Fermented Foods


  A recently published study in Psychiatric Research shows that individuals who eat more fermented foods have less anxiety, especially social anxiety, and significantly less neurosis.  This wasn’t a randomized controlled trial, however over 700 individuals were surveyed, so that’s a big sample size.  The correlation is most likely due to the probiotics, live bacteria, […]

Dear Mental Health “Professionals” Diagnosing Trump from A Distance:


Dear Mental Health “Professionals” diagnosing Trump from a distance, Thank you for providing supporting evidence that giving someone a mental diagnosis is a completely unscientific and subjective endeavor. You’ve done nothing but shovel dirt from the ground for your grave.  I sincerely hope psychiatric patients, their families, mental health advocates and anyone who has every […]

All You Need is Love? I don’t think So.


I enjoyed the movie Silver Lining Playbook. It humanized mental illness in a way that Hollywood often doesn’t do.  Hollywood loves mental illness but many movies don’t bother to capture the nuances. Most moviemakers cherry-pick dramatic, provocative manifestations of mental turmoil, all of which help fuel the stigma that “mentally-ill” individuals are dangerous, scary, weird […]

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