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Kim Rosenthal, MD

Author and psychiatrist

Sometimes life feels like a load of bricks holding you to the ocean floor.

Your vision is blocked, you can’t move, can’t breathe… but that isn’t life.  That’s mental illness.  That’s depression, bipolar, panic, trauma, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse.  I know.  That’s why I wrote this website… to bring hope and the occasional chuckle to your world.  There’s misery, yes, but there are a lot of people overcoming that misery. This is more than survival.  This is about loving life.

Welcome to, a place where you win the lottery at least once/year and a historian follows you around recording what you do right. features over 120+ articles about diagnoses, treatment, self-help, and serious reflections on life.  We’re a mental health website after all, officially the Mental Health and You! blog.  You’ll find articles ranging from “Understanding Panic Disorder,” “Dealing with PTSD triggers,” and “Socializing for Aspies” to the “Benefits of Aging” and “How to Get Over an Affair.”  

But you’ll also find the unexpected: humor, puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, and lots of bad artwork.  We’re home to the upcoming Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (WW), a self-help book for people in addiction recovery.  

Thanks for visiting — and don’t move. Your lottery ticket and personal historian are on their way. 

About the Author

When not writing, I practice life as a physician. I’m a psychiatrist. It’s a voyeuristic calling, I’ll admit, gives me the chance to live vicariously through other people’s eyes, see lots of worlds, hear lots of stories, live lots of experiences — it’s an incredible honor to be part of that.  It’s humbling.

I’m a board-certified doc with licenses in Hawaii, Maine, and North Carolina.  I work at a state psychiatric hospital in North Carolina.  Most of my patients are severely mentally ill and some criminally insane.  Many have lived in the hospital for years.  Despite the tragedies that surround me, I believe there’s hope for everyone.  Life can be spectacular no matter where you are. 

I’ve been practicing medicine for 19 years and wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I’m here for you!  For more information, check out my bio.

Substance abuse counselor, creativity guru, and humor in one, the Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (WW) takes you on a 90-day journey to find yourself, reach for a worthwhile future, and share a chuckle or two along the way.

Curious about Asperger’s? Medications? Talk-therapy?  Mental Health and You is a blog and psychiatric database with 100+ articles devoted to improving understanding and resilience. If you need info, start here.

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What would life be like if the route to recovery were a maze?  Okay, a dumb analogy, but think about it anyway.  It might be messy and filled with curly-Q corridors, but you’ll get there… just don’t give up trying.  Anyway, here’s a maze to consider while you’re at it. 

**The joker image used in the header and other places in the website were custom-made by Nigerian writer and artist Obaniobodo through Fivrr.  The full picture is of a joker dancing high up on a wire.**

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