Suicide Is Not Unspeakable. Let’s Talk about It.

When the subject of taboo subjects comes up, we tick off politics and religion, then maybe money and sex. Suicide doesn’t usually come to mind–that’s how unspeakable we, as a culture, have deemed it. Here in the middle of National Suicide Prevention Week, I have some things to say about suicide: • Talking about it does…

September Is AD/HD Awareness Month

It’s AD/HD Awareness Month and I’m in good company. Janet Barclay’s “Professional Organizers Blog Carnival” this month features posts on AD/HD from 11 of my colleagues plus this one from me. See the whole show here. Silver lining: If you arrived here because you got distracted and started browsing randomly, at least you’re going to learn…

Misinterpreting Research: Don’t Believe the Hype

A pill for PTSD? Not so fast. But this article, entitled “Pill Could Erase Painful Memories, Study Shows,” and unfortunately many others like it, would certainly have you believe it could soon be that simple. The study they’re referring to investigated the impact of blocking glucocorticoids (GCs; the most familiar of these is cortisol, a.k.a. the “stress hormone”)…

Deb Joins Online Experts Panel to Discuss Hoarding

I’m a featured expert in an Everyday Health panel discussion about OCD and hoarding. You’ll find the full discussion here. While you’re there, check out the site–Everyday Health is a comprehensive health-oriented online community that seeks to provide sometimes complicated information in an accessible, user-friendly format. Sneak preview: My answers to two of the ten questions:…

Half the Battle

I’ve built a section on my website called Knowledge Heals* with resources (books and websites) on a variety of topics related to my work with mental health, chronic disorganization, and hoarding. Colleague Cena Block of Sane Spaces gave it a kind assessment on her own resources page. A few of the topics listed so far: giftedness,…

Quick Thought: Not Imagining It

This phrase just came to me: “Disincentivization of resource absorbers.” When you get the feeling that the process to obtain rights and services you’re entitled to is harder than it needs to be and you’re wondering if it’s intentional, this is what you’re pondering. “Are they making this so hard that people just give up?”…