Holiday Gifts

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This will be the 7th year that I’ve written a blog about Christmas without Sean. I’m not sure how I’ve portrayed my feelings before; though, I know that I’ve tried to be positive. Nothing is worse than a downer during the holidays. Thing is, Christmas, like every other day can be a challenge for the […]

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From Breaking Down to Breaking Through!

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My struggle with rapid cycling Bipolar Disorder By Amy Anne Thomas   Although I showed signs of mental illness as young as 2 years of age, my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder came at age 19. I had begun therapy at age 9 and started battling my depression with anti-depressants at the age of 16. Like many […]

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October is Sean’s Heaven

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“I’ve come to think that’s what heaven is – a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.” – Author Christine Baker Kline, Orphan Train Imagine that eternal life resides in the memories of others, and that heaven really is that place where those memories are only positive. My thoughts about […]

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Debbie And Glenn live on WRKO Boston!

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Glenn and I will be doing a live interview on Right Turn Radio / WRKO Boston: Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 Air Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Station: WRKO 680AM, 20 Guest St., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA  02135 It can also be heard on the web. www.right-turn.org/right-turn-radio/

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Memories

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I have a clay replica of a rustic kitchen on my kitchen counter. It happens to be one that Sean gave me as a gift on his return from an extended stay in Puerto Rico with his high school girlfriend’s family. Having moved to a house half the size of previous ones, I don’t really […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week & Stigma

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Mental Health Awareness Week is October 6 through 12 this year. Most mental health professionals would agree that the biggest stumbling block to advances in mental health outcomes is stigma.   What exactly is stigma? In a seminal work on the topic of stigma, Goffman calls it “spoiled identity”(Goffman,1986). The identity can be associated with a […]

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Joy Behar is the New Ignorant

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I was watching The View the other day, largely because Bradley Cooper was on to discuss his role in Silver Linings Playbook. The movie is about a man who has bipolar disorder and has a setback after a traumatic personal event. It just so happens that it is set in Philadelphia, Cooper’s hometown and mine. […]

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The Gift of Music

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I’m often astonished at the connections people have/had with Sean, knowing how he tended to be pretty shy and often uncomfortable with people. Upon reflection, it became clear that how he really communicated with them was through music. Music is an intangible, really. It’s feeling translated through the artist into sound, a sound that touches […]

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Homeland, Bipolar Disorder & Sleep Deprivation

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This year, Homeland, a TV show on Showtime, took home around 6 Emmys.  Some people hadn’t heard of it before, but I was hooked after the first episode. The premise, turning a POW into a domestic terrorist, is timely and intriguing, especially since the protagonist is not of Middle Eastern descent. The show’s take on […]

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Just Wondering……

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I’ve been thinking lately how much I wish that I had a strong religious belief. You know, the kind where you just know in your heart what is after this life. I used to think that I knew. It was something that I was taught from a child and through 16 years of parochial school. […]

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