COVID Anxiety in Children (Psych Central Podcast)

From closed schools to social distancing to wearing masks, it’s a strange new world for children thanks to COVID-19. Many kids have lost their regular routines of attending class, seeing their friends, and engaging in sports and other activities. So how can we help kids deal with the anxiety of transitioning to this “new normal?” [...]

By |2020-09-08T19:18:37-04:00September 10th, 2020|Family, The Psych Central Podcast, Uncategorized|Comments Off on COVID Anxiety in Children (Psych Central Podcast)

Should People with Mental Illness Have Children? (Not Crazy Podcast)

You’ve been diagnosed with mental illness — what does this mean for your family planning? Is it anyone else’s business but your own? What are the unique challenges faced by parents with mental illness? In today’s show, Gabe and Lisa discuss their reasons for not having kids, while also interviewing Amy, a bipolar mom of [...]

By |2020-05-26T13:54:24-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Bipolar Disorder, Family, Not Crazy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Should People with Mental Illness Have Children? (Not Crazy Podcast)

Toxic Family Members: What Can You Do? (Not Crazy Podcast)

Many families are far from perfect, but some are downright toxic to your mental health. What happens when a close family member is so harmful you have no choice but to set firm boundaries? How does one go about that? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Jackie and Gabe tackle this difficult topic with mental health [...]

By |2020-04-11T15:25:00-04:00April 20th, 2020|Family, Not Crazy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Toxic Family Members: What Can You Do? (Not Crazy Podcast)

It’s My Birthday, And I’m Bipolar

Over the past year, I learned to never start a podcast with a schizophrenic. Honestly, it could be to never start a podcast with a New Yorker or a millennial, but since I operate in the mental health space, I’m going to pin this on my co-host’s mental illness. Which, of course, she’d correctly point [...]

By |2018-11-29T09:51:12-05:00November 29th, 2018|Bipolar Disorder, Family, Mental Illness, Self-Care|Comments Off on It’s My Birthday, And I’m Bipolar

Why I Have Bipolar and also a Good Marriage

Bipolar disorder can take a toll on relationships, but this can be prevented by following tips such as trusting your partner and putting yourself first.   Anyone who has followed my work long enough knows that my wife isn’t angry at the fact that I have a bipolar diagnosis. She doesn’t celebrate it but she [...]

By |2018-09-06T11:22:58-04:00September 6th, 2018|Bipolar Disorder, Family, Relationships|4 Comments

My Loophole Grandchild?

I spent most of August 3, 2018, sitting in a hospital room waiting on the birth of my granddaughter. At 9:11 in the evening, after waiting for almost 13 hours, Lennox Rose finally entered the world. By 10 that night, I kissed Dad and Mom on the forehead and rubbed the little girl’s back and [...]

By |2018-08-14T11:20:46-04:00August 14th, 2018|Family, Relationships, Self-Care|Comments Off on My Loophole Grandchild?

Still Bipolar, It’s My Birthday

Long time readers of mine know that I do two things on my birthday every year: Write a blog about the previous year through the lens of living with bipolar disorder. Whine, exactly the same way a toddler would if they can’t have a cookie before dinner. I’m not a fan of my birthday because, frankly, nothing good ever [...]

By |2017-12-19T15:26:55-05:00December 19th, 2017|Bipolar Disorder, Family, Mental Illness, Peer Support, Relationships|Comments Off on Still Bipolar, It’s My Birthday

Five Ways You Can Make the Holidays a Happier Time

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for everyone — but they don’t have to be. In a previous article, “Five Ways To Overcome Holiday Stress,” I offered some suggestions on ways to avoid some of the pitfalls that come along with the holidays. It turns out five suggestions wasn’t enough, so here [...]

By |2017-12-19T19:35:44-05:00December 11th, 2017|Family, Mental Illness|Comments Off on Five Ways You Can Make the Holidays a Happier Time

My Mom Doesn’t Understand The Difficulties Of Being Openly Bipolar

Every morning, on my drive to work, I call my mom. One might think this makes me a mama’s boy, but it’s more to stave off boredom than anything else. The conversations are generally limited to family gossip and the like, but recently, the subject of me living openly with bipolar disorder came up. I [...]

By |2017-08-11T00:43:42-04:00August 11th, 2017|Bipolar Disorder, Caregiving, Family, Mental Illness, Relationships|Comments Off on My Mom Doesn’t Understand The Difficulties Of Being Openly Bipolar

Coping With Suicide As A Parent: “We Did Everything Right”

A few weeks ago, I gave a speech at a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) fundraising dinner. The event was designed to give different perspectives on the challenges our society faces related to mental illness and suicide. I was there to speak about living with bipolar disorder. Additionally, there were a couple family members, [...]

By |2017-07-21T00:44:30-04:00July 21st, 2017|Advocacy, Family, Mental Illness, Suicide|Comments Off on Coping With Suicide As A Parent: “We Did Everything Right”