Plato on Doctors

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” -Plato

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Jung on Writing

It has become a necessity for me to write down my early memories. If I neglect to do so for a single day, unpleasant physical symptoms immediately follow. As soon as I set to work they vanish and my head feels perfectly clear…. Something within me has been touched. A […]

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On Not Getting Better

In 1998, a full decade after getting sick….I was not getting any better. Memory, abstract reasoning, word finding and other vital cognitive functions remained gravely problematic…. Since I could not presume that I would remember anything, I must live fully in the present. Since I could not presume that I […]

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Diagnosis

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. -Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

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Illness of the Mind

Illness of the mind is real illness….As organs go, the brain is quite an important one, and its malfunctions should be addressed accordingly. -Andrew Solomon The Noonday Demon

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Illness, Disconnection, and Writing

“Because psychic affliction often involves a withdrawal from the objects of the world, a dissatisfaction with ordinary things, writing helps writers pay attention to objects outside of their own suffering.” -Judith Harris Signifying Pain

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In spite of illness

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” -Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence

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Driven by some demon

“Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” -George Orwell

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To belong

“…the biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of not belonging. In our society this disease has reached epidemic proportions. We long to belong and feel as if we don’t deserve to.” -Mother Theresa, in Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance, p. 11.

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