Tag Archives: manic depression

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness
Mental Health

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness

It was hard for me to learn the difference between happiness and damaging mania. It’s something everyone who struggles with mania must learn. Here are some tests that usually work. Still, 30 years after my last attack of full-blown mania, I still don’t completely trust unexpected flattery and good news, and took precautions against mania first, when I was recognized by one of my heroes..

Outfielder Jim Piersall’s Public Struggle with Mental Illness
Mental Health

Outfielder Jim Piersall’s Public Struggle with Mental Illness

Jim Piersall, a successful center fielder (1950-67), struggled publicly with mental health problems as a player, was hospitalized twice, treated with lithium, then recovered aneopd became a baseball “lifer.”

Personal Transformation and System Change
Mental Health

Personal Transformation and System Change

I had life-threatening mental illness, got well, and stayed well. Here’s how I did it, and how we can turn our mental health system into one that helps people get well, instead of keeping them sick, hopeless, and dependent all their lives.