Link Round-Up [1.6.17]

 1. New Year’s resolutions of the mentally ill – Amanda Rosenberg, Medium

A humorous list of New Year’s resolutions with a healthy dose of truth and wisdom amidst the sass.

  1. When people ask if you’re ok, tell the truth and say “no, I am not”.

2. Carrie Fisher Put Pen and Voice in Service of ‘Bipolar Pride’ – Benedict Carey, New York Times

We lost a great number of legends in 2016, but the unexpected double loss of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher still stings fresh in many minds. Fisher not only played the iconic role of Princess Leia, but she took huge steps towards normalizing conversation about mental illness and raising awareness about bipolar disorder.

“She was so important to the public because she was telling the truth about bipolar disorder, not putting on airs or pontificating, just sharing who she is in an honest-to-the-bone way,” said Judith Schlesinger, a psychologist and author of “The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius.”

3. The Mental Health Crisis in Trump’s America – Richard A. Friedman, New York Times

A few days after Donald J. Trump was elected president, I started getting anxious phone calls from some of my patients. They were not just worried about the direction President-elect Trump might take the nation, but about how they were going to fare, given their longstanding and serious mental illnesses.

4. Just Do The Work – Meghan Tonjes, Youtube

Meghan articulates perfectly my struggle with committing to making big changes in my life and maintaining motivation.

A lot of people on the internet are giving you advice saying ‘you don’t have to wait til the new year, just start something.’ And I think that is easier said than done.

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