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Manic Kingdom: Interview with Psych Central about My Book & The Ambiguity of Diagnosing Mental Illness

Manic Kingdom: Interview with Psych Central about My Book & The Ambiguity of Diagnosing Mental Illness

Below is a video interview I did with Gabe Howard and The Psych Central Podcast about my book Manic Kingdom, mental illness and embracing ambiguity.  I will admit that I was caught off guard during the interview, because I didn’t realize it was expected that each guest has a mental illness diagnosis. ( I should […]

Polygamy and Mental Health: A Conversation with SisterWives Founders Robyn & Chris Alesich


Interview & Blog by Dr. Erin Stair Hi guys. Below is a fun, casual, organic, informative and entertaining conversation I had with Christopher and Robyn Alesich. They are married to each other, polygamists and founders of SisterWives.Com, the largest polygamy dating site and the only polygamy matchmaking site on the web. They were also delightful […]

All You Need is Love? I don’t think So.

  I enjoyed the movie Silver Lining Playbook. It humanized mental illness in a way that Hollywood often doesn’t do.  Hollywood loves mental illness but many movies don’t bother to capture the nuances. Most moviemakers cherry-pick dramatic, provocative manifestations of mental turmoil, all of which help fuel the stigma that “mentally-ill” individuals are dangerous, scary, […]

Health and Healthcare in an Evolutionary Perspective : by Dr. Doug Watt


  We are dangerously close in the United States to spending 20% of our GNP on healthcare – this year it will top $3.2 trillion or ~$10,000 per person.  Yet we lag behind virtually all other Western democracies in nearly every health biomarker, including longevity, where we rank an astonishing 34th, despite being the wealthiest […]

AWOL: Not Sure- Feb 9′ 2015


One of my pet therapist, my delightful, mysterious, refreshingly affectionate yet often aloof black cat, AWOL, has gone to The Rainbow Bridge. I’m too choked up to write a proper tribute…, but I will write something, because she deserves it. I remember being a first year med. student, going through emails and nearly deleting an […]

Rest in Peace- A Tribute to My Nana, Peggy Clinton, Who Decided To Trade this World in for One Better


Throwback Thursday. Figured I’d honor my Nana, Peggy Clinton, today, who left this world last night to reunite with her love, Donny, my Papa. This picture was taken at my high school spring concert. If this photo says anything, she couldn’t keep her eyes off my Papa, so I can’t begin to imagine how much she missed […]

A New Study Shows Depression Linked To Asthma


The Mind-Body Connection: Depression linked to Adult-Onset Asthma.  In a  study involving 31,848 African American women followed from 1999 to 2011, women who were depressed were 2.08 times as likely to develop asthma.  The risk of clinically depressed women developing asthma was higher in women being treated with antidepressants, women who smoked, women who were not […]

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