By Stanley Popovich  All most everybody worries about what will happen in the future. The prospect of not knowing if something good or bad will happen to you in the near future can produce a lot of fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a list of techniques and suggestions on how to manage this fear of dealing with the unknown. Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage....more

I Used To Like You

I’m here in front of you, looking at your hardened, gray face, trying to remember what it was I saw in you in the first place. I once thought you were the most confident person I had ever known. I once believed that you couldn’t be broken by any person, thing, or situation. But you’ve given up – at least, most days it feels like you have; on me, on yourself, and even at times on those kids. I don’t know what I’m supposed to think anymore, or what I’m supposed to say to you. ...more

More Than I Hoped For

Yesterday, after sitting in front of my laptop for over an hour contemplating whether or not to hit the "publish" button, I posted an entry about my struggles with depression.  I could not have anticipated the outpouring of love and support that you guys have given me.  And I could not have anticipated the many of my friends who have come forward and acknowledged their own struggles.  I was struck by how many people posted comments here and on Facebook.  ...more

Optimism, Christianity and Depression (Oh my!)

This entry is a long time coming.  (Even as I type, I don't know that I'll be able to hit the "post" button.) First, please click here and read the article written by Stephanie Gallman.  I'll wait.  ...more
Wonderful post.  I can really relate and I'm glad you were willing to open up about your ...more

Anxiety, Depression and Guilt - Oh My!

Anxiety - what is going to happen next? Is this little period of disquiet over? Have I placated everyone who needs placating? Have I done enough? What have I missed? What is around the corner?Depression - I'm not able to keep up with placating everyone. People - my family, my friends, my co-workers, my students - they are all counting on me for things and I'm not doing those things well. Or I'm not doing them at all. Depression defies description. It's a gateway to and also a result of anxiety....more
I have the same dialogue in my head all the time - less now than before treatment. I can also ...more

1, 2, 3, down they go. Hello, Depression.

 The clock struck midnight and we didn’t even know it.A new year was starting as we stood, teary-eyed and paralyzed.He said he would leave me if I didn’t get help.For a moment, I didn’t care either way...   The entire post can be read on   ...more

1 Million Suicide Attempts

According to a survey done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about 8.4 million Americans had suicidal thoughts in the past year and 2.2 million made plans to kill themselves. One million people attempted suicide....more

The Real Zombie Apocalypse...Insomnia

I don't remember when I stopped sleeping....more

Worry Wars

  It was about 12:45 PM when I realized that there was a junior member of the household sneaking into our room. I called her over to ask what was wrong and got the usual answer of "I can't sleep". While Cecilia has been struggling with sleep issues this entire summer, I knew what this one was about - she was going to "sleep-away" camp for the first time today and was having a hard time settling down....more

Surviving Sylvia

This is my life with my 82 year old mother. My daughter, and others, have been telling me for quite a long time to "start writing it down". OK, so now I'm trying to take their collective advice. Firstly, to get through the everyday ups and downs, and to have a written journal to share with Mom's various therapists and doctors, and to keep family and friends up to date on what's going on. And by the way, I'm not a creative person, and I couldn't make up this shit if my life depended on it....more