"Holding back our thoughts, feelings and behaviors can place people at risk for minor and major diseases."
~James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions
"The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon."
~Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness
"Now, why is it that most of us can talk openly about the illnesses of our bodies, but when it comes to our brain and illnesses of the mind we clam up and because we clam up, people with emotional disorders feel ashamed, stigmatized, and don’t seek the help that can make the difference."
~Kirk Douglas, My Stroke of Luck
"I contemplated suicide. My main concern was that I would not make the New York Times obituary page."
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
~Rita Mae Brown