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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism 2009-2010

Elizabeth Bernstein

The Wall Street Journal
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Topic: Examine the impact of the economic recession on people with mental illnesses.

Published Work:

For a Nation of Whiners, Therapists Try Tough Love
Sharon Rosenblatt was talking to her therapist fast and furiously about her dating life, when the woman suddenly interrupted her. "Haven't we heard this before?" the therapist asked.

Experts Back School's Handling of Laughner
The release of documents detailing how Pima Community College responded to incidents involving suspected Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner largely show the school acting diligently while underscoring the limits of its capabilities and responsibilities, experts said Thursday.

Speaking Up Is Hard to Do
Robert Murphy, an online marketing representative in San Francisco, was invited to a business meeting with his boss and six colleagues a few weeks ago. He had attended previous meetings on the subject, and he prepared with additional research. He brought a thick sheaf of notes and contracts with him to the conference room.

Insight Into Recent Elevator Anxiety
The elevator accident that killed a Manhattan advertising executive last week has made people in New York and elsewhere anxious about stepping onto an elevator. Yet, in a few weeks, very few people will give it a second thought.

Worried About a Moody Teen?
Everyone warns parents about the drama of the teen years - the self-righteous tears, slamming doors, inexplicable fashion choices, appalling romances.

Finding Dad's Softer Side
When Jennifer Wallace realized her marriage was over, the very first person she called was her mother.
During that initial conversation - and each morning for weeks afterward as she drove to work - she poured her heart out about her anger, embarrassment, and despair.

Blush, Babble, Cringe: The Shy Social Butterfly?
Most people who know me believe I'm really outgoing. I've held hands with strangers who were nervous on planes, made a friend while shopping for ties at Saks and once called a wrong number and chatted away for 10 minutes.

Why Do Compliments Cause So Much Grief?
Ric Morgan was in a receiving line at a fancy dinner honoring him for his nonprofit work. He was shaking hands with ambassadors and other Washington dignitaries when an elderly lady came up and congratulated him. After chitchatting for a moment, she placed her hand lightly on his chest, leaned in and said, "You certainly do dress well ... for a fat man."

Honey, Do You Have To…?
When Jim Caudill's first wife sat him down and explained that she wanted a divorce, she had a long list of complaints: He didn't help enough with the kids. He didn't do his share of the housework. They were more devoted to work than to each other.

A Way Out of Depression
For people suffering from depression, the advice is usually the same: Seek help.

Reflecting on Mental Illness After Newtown 

A Different Therapy to Find Happiness

When Being Alone Turns Into Loneliness, There Are Ways to Fight Back

'Self Talk': When Talking to Yourself, the Way You Do It Makes a Difference

Will You Be My Therapist? Expert Advice on Finding the Right One

Talk Less, Listen More to Be the Friend of a Person with Depression 

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