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James Doty- The Magic Shop of the Brain

Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:23-04:00February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Forge Meaning, Build Identity

Sarah Hughes Hello, Peggy I know you are a fan of Andrew Solomon and I saw this Ted Talk by him that inspired me and I wondered if you have seen it? I have found some of his ideas resonating through me all week after I watched it. What do others think? Sarah

2017-08-01T14:51:37-04:00July 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Meet my real American family: Andrew Solomon

Is anyone else out there an Andrew Solomon fan? Ever since reading "Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression," I have read and watched everything I can by him on depression. Some of us on The Collab have already talked about his two talks on "The Moth" (radio). In a separate topic, I'll share/review links to some of his contributions on depression. Now there is another reason to admire Andrew Solomon. Someone just gave me a [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:37-04:00July 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Andrew Solomon: On difference and depression

Here is the link to Andrew Solomon's website, which is chock filled with various writings and videos. Briefly, Andrew is described as “a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts” (you can read more of his bio here). Recently Andrew Solomon has been featured in media a lot – and I’m glad. I created this page to share [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:44-04:00July 12th, 2015|1 Comment

Insider knowledge: expert on mental illness reveals her own fight

I just read the New York Times article by Marsha Linehan, "Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight " (and watched the video where she describes her deeply personal and transformational religious experience). For several days, this article - where Marsha Linehan of "DBT" fame shares her story -  was the #1 most emailed article in the New York Times.  Here she describes how she was able to create such a comprehensive treatment used [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:48-04:00December 1st, 2013|0 Comments

‘Hooked: Secrets and highs of a sober addict’

by Melinda Ferguson   Recommended by Jo Vilogen. Jo says, Melinda is a South African journalist, celebrating her tenth year in recovery.  She says in her forward: "People often think that once you've stopped using the drugs and alcohol you are healed.  in reality it's only when you've stopped that the hard work of unraveling the self really begins.... this is a book about my journey to fill the hole in my soul:  the secrets, the [...]

2015-07-07T15:23:51-04:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

‘The Danish girl’

by David Ebershoff Recommended by Sonja Bar-Am. Sonja says, This is a lovely, lovely novel - a delicate rendering of a marriage in which the husband emerges as transgender - really fascinating tale about the intimacy of the marriage.

2015-07-07T14:21:53-04:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

‘In my skin’

by Kate Holden Recommended by Sonja Bar-Am. Sonja says, This is Kate's memoir about her life addicted to heroin in the streets of Melbourne's seedy suburbs as a prostitute and making that a profession before getting clean. A remarkable and elegant story.  

2015-07-07T14:22:36-04:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

‘I never promised you a rose garden’

by Joanne Greenberg Recommended by Sonja Bar-Am. Sonja says, I am reading this 1970s Mental Heath classic novel. This is my first time and quite honestly it is one of the most beautiful stories about one young women’s struggle with severe Mental Health disturbances. Peggy says, When I was a teenager, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" was one of my absolute favorite books!  

2015-07-07T14:22:12-04:00November 26th, 2013|0 Comments