What is recovery? Recovery in mental illnesses can mean living a meaningful and productive life despite a disability. It can also refer to a reduction or complete remission of symptoms and a healing transformation of the self. For most people, it refers to the power of hope in healing disorders that were once thought to be hopeless. As Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Abraham Lincoln's depression

I just listened to this fascinating podcast on Abraham Lincoln's experience of suicidal depression:


I recommend this and other podcasts on the madness radio website.

Did you know that Lincoln was on suicide watch twice in his life? In the podcast, the author reads from a letter Lincoln wrote offering peer support to a young lady who had crashed horribly into mental illness after her father's death. Peer specialist and president, Abraham Lincoln.

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