Someone to Talk To

With yesterday’s guilty verdict against Michael Jackson’s physician, we’re hearing once more about the entertainer’s battle with insomnia and chronic pain and the catalog of pharmacological solutions that were thrown at the problem. It makes me wonder: What about therapy? Did anyone attempt to address his physical symptoms as signs of emotional pain? Amid all…

Knowledge Heals

Identifying the problem is half the battle. The other half is learning about it through books, articles, websites, podcasts, and videos; talking to people who “get it” (including others with the same problem and professionals who treat it); deciding what you believe and don’t, and what you agree with and don’t, so you can know…

Mission Accomplished

Here’s something I wrote circa 2007 in “counseling school”–I found it as I was cleaning out old files. In this essay, I was talking only about chronic disorganization, not hoarding, but both were on my mind throughout the degree program. Four years later, I’m happy to report that this vision is now my reality. As…