On the origins of my journey to recovery…

A powerful story of meeting depression with openness and courage.

The Men's D.E.N.

(Originally published in April 2013 at MensDepression.org.)Jean-François Claude, Founder, The Men's D.E.N.

In the late Spring of 2012, I went to see my General Practitioner (GP) after a nine-year hiatus. I was physically healthy throughout my thirties, and simply did not see a need for any kind of medical check-up.

What finally prompted me to make the call, and virtually beg my doctor’s office to take me back as a patient, was self-diagnosed professional burnout. I’d been burning the candle at both ends for so long, that I’d finally hit a wall after a string of 60 to 70 hour work weeks.  The BlackBerry was, for years, a permanent fixture in my hand, and unplugging, even for just a few hours, was to my mind not even a remote possibility and simply unfathomable.

Imagine my state of shock when my GP promptly informed me that “burnout” was not a medical condition and that in…

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Interview with Ted Meissner of Present Moment – Mindfulness Practice and Science

We enjoyed being interviewed by Ted Meissner of Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. Lots of fun and even let slip a secret or two about how mindfulness has helped us in our own lives!   You can listen to the podcast here, along with a number of other excellent interviews.

This is an excellent resource about PTSD and some very good advice about mindfulness as an approach to treating it.

Smiling Buddha Cabaret

I get a lot of people searching this blog for information on PTSD. It’s one of the top search terms that leads people here. I don’t write about it much but have once in a while. That shows you the paucity of information out there if this obscure blog is one of the Google hits in the first few pages of listings. There is a notion that Buddhist practice can be of assistance to those suffering PTSD. That can be true but there are a lot of caveats I’d add.

PTSD doesn’t just affect the person who experienced trauma. It affects everybody around them as well. Here is an excellent new article on that.

Is PTSD Contagious? from Mother Jones magazine. Read it before you continue here. I’ll wait.

Those who are around people suffering from PTSD will recognize themselves immediately. From the experience of having been the partner of…

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Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and thank you for your wonderful support of our programs and on-going practice.  We look forward to seeing many of you in our classes, retreats, and Alumni programs. May you enjoy a safe and joyful celebration as we transit into 2013!