Four Reasons (No One Talks About) Why People Go Off Their Meds

I speak professionally on the topic of mental illness, and almost every time I give a talk about living with a mental illness, at least one person in the audience tells me about a loved one who went off his or her psych meds or won’t even start taking them. As we have seen historically, …

9 Ways to Work through Depression for Under $20

By Maggie Newcomb Raine A few weeks after my wedding, I was caught off-guard by a serious brush with depression. It was like a thick fog that rolled in, crushing my desire to do anything. I was surprised because although I live with Bipolar Disorder 1, my medications are extremely effective and I don’t usually …

[VIDEO] Where Am I Now?

In Maggie’s newest vlog she details where she is now, nearly 3 years after publishing her first book Chocolate Pudding In Heaven; The Intriguing Journey Of My Bipolar Mind. She took some time off to get some important things done like get married, buy a house and find really cool earrings at Target. She gets …

Who Is the Mental Patient Next Door?

I have spent the majority of my life being ashamed of what I went through. I’ve been hiding an important part of my life from the world, always feeling like I had this horrible secret and that if anyone knew about it, they wouldn’t want to know me anymore. Well, enough is enough. I’m ready …

The Potential Effect on Mental Health If the Affordable Care Act Is Repealed

I am writing this not as a Democrat or Republican, but a person. A person who happens to live with a mental illness. I don’t understand why Congress is passing legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without a plan in place. I can even understand why there are people that don’t like the …

[VIDEO] Turning My Pain Into My Power

Some people say that comedy is pain plus time and I must admit when it comes to my standup comedy career I can certainly relate to this. I mean, I don’t think that all comedy is about pain, but it sure is an interesting concept. Lucky for me, my tumultuous dating life gave me a …

[VIDEO] Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously

When it comes to mental health I think sometimes we can get tunnel vision focusing on the medications, the diagnosis, doctors’ visits, and all that serious stuff. We forget about some pretty important and basic stuff. Humor. Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself or your situation is one of …

Thank You Patty Duke!

This week we lost a very special person and a hero to the mental health community, Patty Duke. Most people know her for her Academy Award-winning role as Helen Keller or her dual roles on The Patty Duke Show. For me, her real-life was more important. Twenty-two years ago when I was sixteen and diagnosed …