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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Depression Not a Disease?!

I just read a Facebook ad that stated: "Depression is not a disease. It's a symptom. Inflammation is at the root of depression." I respectfully disagree and believe this is a dangerous way to look at a serious medical illness. While I realize that there are many factors involved in the development, diagnosis, and manifestation of depression, I firmly believe that it is a brain disorder--a biochemical disease.

Of course, I know I'm just reacting to a little Facebook ad, but it can be the little things that get inside a person's head. I just want to say here that I find this point of view to be reckless and a potential aid to the stigma that surrounds the disease of depression.

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