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NAMI Walk 2017

I will be walking again this year (either virtually or in person) with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2017 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 13, at Artesani Park near Boston, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted


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NAMI Walk 2016

I will be walking again this year with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2016 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 14, at Artesani Park near Boston, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted

Bob NAMI Walk 2016
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Through the Lens: Living with OCD and Anxiety

Torre Catalano says, “I Have OCD. This Is What It’s Like to Be in My Mind for 3 Minutes.”

As I was watching this, for some reason I was driven to check my blood pressure. It was OK.

Bob

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Anthony Rapp is Back in Massachusetts with “Without You”

I have my ticket and I’m going back to see Anthony Rapp in “Without You.” He is doing his one-man show from September 9 to 13, 2015 at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College just outside Boston. I encourage you to go and be part of something incredible.

I went twice in 2012 when he came to Massachusetts. I wrote about it here (below). His story and his message have stuck with me ever since.

Years later, I continue my life as Mark, still trying to live, while others live and thrive around me.

Bob

Anthony Rapp in “Without You”

Posted on June 20, 2012 by bob

I went to see Anthony Rapp tonight in Boston at his one-man show, “Without You,” at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. It was incredible. I’m going back on Sunday to experience it again.

The timing of this is a bit serendipitous. I’ve been a huge fan of “Rent” for many years, and particularly of the character played by Mr. Rapp. There is something about Mark that reminds me of my own self and the relationship I have had with my daughter Patricia as she has struggled over the years. This week, I am finishing up my book, a memoir about those difficult times. Unlike “Rent” and AIDS, mine is about mental health, another difficult, but just as taboo subject. For some reason, “Rent” and Mark have found their way into its pages. Twice.

As I was leaving for the theater tonight, the UPS guy showed up with some new uncorrected book proofs. I thought for a second about bringing one and trying to figure out how to give it to Anthony — maybe he’d like to read it — to see how his story fits into ours. But I quickly dismissed it — he’s just an actor. He’s not Mark.

But as I sat there tonight, it occurred to me that Anthony, in telling his story, was doing the same thing that Mark had done in “Rent.” He helped us live as he watched others live. And in doing so, Mark (and Anthony) got to live, too.

Anthony was alive on stage tonight. In his music and stories, he brought with him those same feelings I’m drawn to in the “Rent” experience. Thank you, Anthony, for letting me live tonight, too.

Go. Live.

Bob

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NAMI Walk 2015

I will be walking again this year with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2015 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 16, at Artesani Park in Brighton, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://namiwalks.nami.org/boblarsted

Bob

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Placebo Facts

I went to Novel Approaches in the Treatment of Depression at Mass General Hospital on June 14, 2014. Cristina Cusin, MD, gave a great lecture on The Role of Placebo in Clinical Practice. She shared some fun facts about placebos:

  1. Expensive placebos work better than less-expensive ones.
  2. Two placebos per day work better than one.
  3. Blue placebos work best for sleep.
  4. Red placebos work best for pain.
  5. Brand name placebos work better than generic ones.
  6. Placebos work best if administered by someone in a white coat.
  7. Homeopathic placebos work just as well as conventional-medication placebos.
  8. An injected placebo works better than a placebo pill.
  9. A surgical placebo works better than a placebo pill or injection.
  10. Placebos with unpleasant side effects work better than those with no side effects.

Bob

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Placebo Facts 6

I went to Novel Approaches in the Treatment of Depression at Mass General Hospital on June 14, 2014. Cristina Cusin, MD, gave a great lecture on The Role of Placebo in Clinical Practice. She shared some fun facts about placebos:

6. Placebos work best if administered by someone in a white coat.

See the complete list here.

Bob

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NAMI Walk 2014

I will be walking with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2014 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 10, at Artesani Park in Brighton, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://namiwalks.nami.org/boblarsted

Bob


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NAMI Walk 2013

Patricia and I will be at the 2013 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 11 at Artesani Park in Brighton, Massachusetts. Join us.

Here is an easy way to donate: http://namiwalks.nami.org/judi2013

Bob


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CDO

I saw a t-shirt today. It says:
I have CDO. It’s like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order as they should be.

Bob

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