Shameless Self-Promotion

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As you probably know, I do very few personal posts on Anxiety, Panic & Health.

There’s a simple reason behind it: I want to provide you with the best information possible concerning the Anxiety Disorders, not moan and groan over my own mental state. However, I have had a couple of interviews on other sites that might be of interest to you.

Alec Satin has an excellent blog called Making Project Management Better. He covers all aspects of project management and also discusses personal development topics. I did a podcast interview with him in October, “Dealing with Stress at Work.” It covers such subjects as how to know if your stress level is out of hand, what to do to manage stress, and whether admitting a problem with stress is a sign of weakness. If you ever wanted to hear my voice, now’s your chance!

Pro Writing Tips is John Roach’s blog about grammar and writing help. I have greatly enjoyed reading his blog, and he always has easily-understood, humorous posts on various aspects of writing and grammar. His post today is an interview with me entitled “The power of research: Interview with Mike Nichols.” He asked some very good questions about my preparation for writing this blog, why I write about mental health issues, and my actual writing process.

As a lagniappe I direct you toward a story I wrote for Time Goes By’s Elder Storytelling Place. Its title is “The Night I Was a Leprechaun.” It details a humorous incident when I played in the orchestra in a little town in Mississippi.

So now I’ve tooted my own horn enough. I hear sighs of relief from around the globe!

13 comments… add one
Alec Satin December 19, 2008, 10:10 pm

Congratulations, Mike. Good to see you tooting your own horn. Just one question: Is that a picture of you? If so, you’re looking pretty good!


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Tracy December 19, 2008, 10:47 pm

I’m glad that you tooted your own horn, otherwise I wouldn’t have known you were a musicology major or found Pro Writing Tips or the Elder Storytelling Place. So sometimes it’s a gift to others to shamelessly self promote.

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Mike December 19, 2008, 10:55 pm

@Alec – Thanks, I was a little reluctant to toot, but I wanted to get the interviews out, and this was the best way to do it. And no, it’s not a picture of me: too young, and doesn’t have a Santa Claus beard!

@Tracy – I’m glad you found those great sites. Time Goes By is a daily blog about aging, and sponsors the Elder Storytelling Place. For those of us of that certain age, it’s a great place to learn about and discuss being of the older generations.

Tracy December 19, 2008, 11:03 pm

I just finished reading your leprechaun story, it’s hilarious! You have a way with words “swiftly-slinking tip-toe”. Too perfect!

I am not quite of that generation yet, but I always appreciate a good story. And I had no idea there was an “Elder Bloggers” movement (although of course I just now notice a button on your site!), that’s excellent.

Tracy’s last blog post..Read Twice, Post Once

Mike December 19, 2008, 11:12 pm

Thanks, Tracy! There’s actually a lot more to the story that makes it even more calamitous! I had to cut a lot out to make it the proper length. In retrospect, it’s one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me.

There’s a large and growing number of elders blogging. Ronni Bennett, the creator of Time Goes By prefers the term “elders” over senior citizens, etc for a number of reasons, which I agree with. She is former assistant to Barbara Walters and the founding creator of CBS’s website. Her site is the premier blog for all things that affect older people. More horn tooting: I will be doing a guest post the week of January 12th.

D December 20, 2008, 9:04 am

Hi, Mike. I think there’s a place for “moaning and groaning” online, though: An opportunity for people to share support and tips for what works. :) Thankfully, we have those sites and good informational ones like yours.

D’s last blog post..Mind Block

Mike December 20, 2008, 11:04 am

D, thanks for your comment!

There are some good support sites on the web. Two that I recommend are the PatientsLikeMe mood community, and the AnxietyZone forums. I have badges for these on the rightmost sidebar. Just click on them. Both are forums with a good community where you can get help and be helpful. I personally have participated in the PatientsLikeMe community quite a bit.

Lindsay December 22, 2008, 1:28 am

Hi Mike,

I saw your interview on Pro Writing Tips and thought I’d pop over to stay hi. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience in your blog.

Have you ever read Dr. Loren Cordain’s Paleo Diet book? He’s done a lot of research on the hunter-gatherer diet human beings evolved following and has found many connections with modern diseases and the adoption of agriculture and grain-heavy diets. I can’t remember whether he address Anxiety Disorders specifically, but the book does have a chapter on mental illness, and apparently there are cases of people seeing their symptoms improve when they adopt the diet we evolved eating (lean meats, fish, veggies, fruit, seeds, nuts, etc. — no dairy or grains or legumes).

Anyway, good luck, and keep the up the blog!

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Mike December 22, 2008, 4:09 pm

Hi, Lindsay! Thanks for your comment and compliments. I’ve followed you on Twitter.

A friend loaned me the Cordain book a while back, and I read portions of it. I’m afraid I missed the mental health chapter. The reason I didn’t read more of the book was that the diet he advocates is very much out of line with what I have to eat as a diabetic.

The question that I have (that I’m sure he addresses) concerns the life expectancy of hunter-gatherers. If they were so healthy back then, why was their life expectancy so short? Nevertheless, the book was interesting!

sedax December 25, 2008, 2:36 am

Wow,super site here!

aliciass December 26, 2008, 4:24 am

Super,its a very good

D December 26, 2008, 9:43 am

Hi, Mike. Thanks for directing me to AnxietyZone. I’m finding it useful!

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Mike December 26, 2008, 7:39 pm

@sedax and @aliciass Thanks for dropping by!

@D I’m really glad you found the Anxiety Zone to be of help. I’ve participated some, but not as much as in PatientsLikeMe. For those who are interested, these two forums are great for communicating with other people, for getting help, and for helping others. Check out the badges at the lower end of the right sidebar.

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