Browsing All posts tagged under »candida abrahamson«

Fantasy vs. Reality in Long-Term Relationships

February 20, 2012 by


Well, I’ve talked myself out for the moment on the topic of mediation, but thought it might help us to take about 10 giant-“Mother-May-I” steps backwards–to the time when you looked at your to-be-spouse and saw only potential, positivity–and here’s the scary one–perfection. Have you ever found yourself believing your partner to be perfect, in […]

Knitting up “the raveled sleave of care”: Sleep and Bipolar Disorder

January 31, 2012 by


Sleep. I, for one, am a huge fan. I love that feeling of drifting off, right before my consciousness checks out, and I adore that well-rested feeling I have when I first open my eyes after a productively-slept night. [Those nights are becoming fewer and farther between as I age, but that's just another one […]

Of Bipolar Disorder, The Hippocampus, and The Return of the Exercise Fiend

January 30, 2012 by


My mother highly valued intelligence, and her way of putting down someone she saw as sub-par in the smarts department was saying, “He’s no brain surgeon, I’ll tell you that.” But I, literally, am no brain surgeon, so to discuss this latest research I have to do one of those “let’s start at the very […]

Running For Your Life: How I View Depression and Exercise

January 28, 2012 by


My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit. ~Phyllis Diller Unlike the lovely Ms. Diller, I love to exercise. It gets me going in the morning, it gives me energy throughout the day, it fights the ravages of age. I love it enough to want to talk about it–a lot. I like to discuss […]

Depression and Eating Right, or ‘The Twinkie Defense’–Part II

January 27, 2012 by


So back to Dan White, the San Francisco city supervisor who had been let go–and had returned to plow bullets into Mayor George Moscone and his own supervisor, Harvey Milk. And how he got away with, well, murder. To make a complex story somewhat less so, White definitely did not see eye-to-eye with Milk, his […]

Not Waving But Drowning: Working to Stay Afloat When Depression Strikes

January 25, 2012 by


“Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self-to the mediating intellect-as to verge close to being beyond description. It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode.” ~ William Styron, in Darkness Visible Depression is truly […]

But I got here first!: How birth order can effect sibling roles

January 24, 2012 by


I’m a bit of a softie for sibling roles in family dynamics, and although there are definite limits to the validity of utilizing birth order to explain behavioral and personality traits, some value yet remains. Older research asserted a variety of characteristics to various birth-ordered children. It ranges from the 1975 Wark, Swanson and Mack […]


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