Anna Paquin

10 Top Movies about Depression and Bipolar

Posts reviewing movies about depression are consistently among the top pages visited on this site. That fact surprised me, though I suppose it shouldn’t have. For all the insight I gain through reading, I connect instantly with a good dramatic portrayal of someone struggling with emotional pain and dysfunction. It’s encouraging to discover more and more films that present characters with depression and bipolar disorder sensitively but also with powerful [...] Read the rest»

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The Costly Mercy of Lost Feelings

I’ve been working on a new ebook about recovery and came across this early post on lost feelings. It resonated with me so I thought I would post it again in this revised version. A breakthrough to healing can come at the most unexpected time. The other night I was trying to divert myself by watching a mystery episode from an old British series. Instead of taking my mind off [...] Read the rest»

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7 More Movies about Depression

My ongoing search for movies about depression is turning up a long list of great dramas. Here are seven more of my favorites. Melancholia This extraordinarily beautiful film is the relentless portrayal of a depressed woman set against a background of the approaching end of the world. After alienating most of those close to her, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) relies on the support of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg), whose surface calm [...] Read the rest»

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Revisiting: Real Depressed Men Don’t Cry

This is an edited version of one of the first posts I wrote for Storied Mind. ………. I’m not sure where the following came from, but it turned up on my cyber doorstep recently. I guess some men have trouble living up to their fantasies: Ok, everybody knows depressed people have these outbursts of grief and crying for no apparent reason. At least some people break down like that. But [...] Read the rest»

Grief Instead of Depression at the Death of a Small Friend

It’s like depression in one way. People don’t understand grief for a lost pet unless they’ve been there. We’re there now, once again. A couple of years ago, I updated an early post about grieving the death of an Australian shepherd who had been with us for 14 years. She’d done her shepherdly duty in guarding the perimeter of her family flock that included three young adventurous sons. She’d been [...] Read the rest»

Why Depressed Men Leave – 1

About a year ago, I wrote a series of posts about my experience with the fantasies of a better life that often prompt depressed men to leave their families. You can find the first of those stories here, here and here. Those brief pieces tell only a small part of a long and troubling story. To stay in recovery I have to know more, and so I’m starting a new [...] Read the rest»

And Like Goliath Will Be Conquered…?

Some Rights Reserved by nyki_m at Flickr As I’ve noted before, Real Depressed Men Don’t Cry – well, hardly ever. I’ve had Bob Dylan on my mind lately, he’s about the last person you’d think would trigger those droplet-things that have a wet way of blurring your vision. Have you seen I’m Not There – the completely original film about dimensions of Dylan’s life captured by six different actors? The [...] Read the rest»

Guilt, Grief and Regeneration

A breakthrough to healing can come at the most unexpected time. The other night I was trying to divert myself by watching a mystery episode from an old British series. Instead of taking my mind off things, this story pushed me into a past history I had long kept at a safe distance. The film built its story around a soldier haunted by his experience of violent death in Bosnia, [...] Read the rest»