I have mental illness. It’s taken hours of talk therapy, months of finding the right dosage and timing of medication, and years of work to learn how to live successfully with it. I’ve redefined how I think and feel, and learned what kinds of people and experiences to limit or allow in my life. Now in my 50’s, I’ve come to know the textures of my own mental illness and ...

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An excerpt from Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). To be human is to experience an array of different emotions. We can feel upbeat and hopeful, cool and unconcerned or frustrated and fearful in a given day—even in a given moment. The heart of human experience beats with moments of joy and flashes of sorrow, and with ...

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