An Interview with Daniel Bergner, Author of “The Mind and the Moon”

 

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five previous books of award-winning nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling Sing for Your Life, What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Talk, and the New York Times Book Review.

After his brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Bergner set out to understand the thinking behind modern psychiatry, discovering that many medications that have been commonly prescribed for the past 40 years have some harmful implications. He brings readers on a journey, from the stories of those diagnosed with mental illness to the top neuroscientist labs today – questioning why we are still so far behind in understanding the way the mind works, and how this affects modern treatment options.

In The Mind and the Moon, Bergner pushes readers to seek a deeper engagement with ourselves and one another—and how to find a better path toward caring for our minds. The book has received fantastic praise already, from People Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The New York Times and George Packer, who calls The Mind and the Moon a “troubling, exhilarating work of science and high art.”

His website is danielbergner.com

I recently interviewed Daniel Bergner, and he shared his story with me. 

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Guest Blogging Applications Now Accepted!

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Hello all!

Do you want to share your story?
Do you have a unique perspective on bipolar disorder or mental illness?

Well… drumroll please…I’m excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for guest blogs!

My only requirements:

(1) You must tell your own story, through your own voice and as experienced by you.

(2) You are welcome to share advice, as long as you know from personal experience that your coping mechanism/recovery approach has worked for you.

(3) Please keep articles to under 1200 words.

(4) Please include a brief (one-two paragraph) bio, and your current URL if you have one. I’ll be happy to link back to your website in your bio.

Questions? Interested? Please contact me.

Thanks! I can’t wait to hear your stories!

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Grief Does Not Equal Depression

A few years ago, I went through something no one should ever have to: post traumatic stress. I was always on edge, waiting for some proverbial shoe to drop. My anxiety level was super high. I’d wake up sweating from recurring nightmares. Vivid, frightening flashbacks hit me in the middle of my workday. The reason? I was recovering from a bad breakup.

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