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The Girl in the Railroad Pajamas

Lost Children and the Failure of Empathy

Martha Manning • 7/17/2018

By Martha Manning - As a psychologist and a mother, I’m haunted by the children of immigrants we’ve all been reading about, stolen from their parents and callously detained. As therapists, we often bear witness to childhood suffering. Our choice of profession deputizes us as agents of change.

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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

Martha Manning • 7/6/2018

At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

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VIDEO: When Sorrow Mixes with Joy

Martha Manning Shares a Moving Personal Story of Hardship, Hope, and Love

Martha Manning • 7/4/2018

A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.

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Karaoke on Five South

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

Martha Manning • 5/9/2018

A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.

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When Depression Runs in the Family

Being Haunted Isn't the Same as Being Cursed

Martha Manning • 2/9/2017

By Martha Manning - My family is haunted by depression. My mother can trace it back in her family at least six generations. When it hits, it hits hard. My own battle with depression has focused on developing an understanding of the commonalities I share with my mother and grandmother, appreciating aspects of our shared legacies as some of the things I most valued in myself. Being haunted is not the same as being cursed.

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Coping with a Genetic Disposition for Depression

A Therapist Comes to Terms with Her Family's History of Depression

Martha Manning • 5/20/2015

My family is haunted by depression. My mother can trace it back in her family at least six generations and it's in my father's family, too. When it hits, it hits hard. Understanding the legacy of depression in a family requires more than genetic mapping, family diagrams, or symptom checklists. Each of us is the product of a complex weaving of genes and expectations, biochemistry and family myths, and the configuration of our family's strengths, as well as its vulnerabilities. To truly appreciate the complexity of the weave, we have to sort out the contributions of individual threads to the overall design.

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The Legacy

Inside a Family Haunted by Depression

Martha Manning • 5/20/2014


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The Legacy

Inside a Family Haunted by Depression

Martha Manning • 1/2/2009


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The Girl in the Railroad Pajamas

Lost Children and the Failure of Empathy

Martha Manning • 7/17/2018

By Martha Manning - As a psychologist and a mother, I’m haunted by the children of immigrants we’ve all been reading about, stolen from their parents and callously detained. As therapists, we often bear witness to childhood suffering. Our choice of profession deputizes us as agents of change.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: When Sorrow Mixes with Joy

Martha Manning Shares a Moving Personal Story of Hardship, Hope, and Love

Martha Manning • 7/4/2018

A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.

Daily Blog

When Depression Runs in the Family

Being Haunted Isn't the Same as Being Cursed

Martha Manning • 2/9/2017

By Martha Manning - My family is haunted by depression. My mother can trace it back in her family at least six generations. When it hits, it hits hard. My own battle with depression has focused on developing an understanding of the commonalities I share with my mother and grandmother, appreciating aspects of our shared legacies as some of the things I most valued in myself. Being haunted is not the same as being cursed.

Daily Blog

Coping with a Genetic Disposition for Depression

A Therapist Comes to Terms with Her Family's History of Depression

Martha Manning • 5/20/2015

My family is haunted by depression. My mother can trace it back in her family at least six generations and it's in my father's family, too. When it hits, it hits hard. Understanding the legacy of depression in a family requires more than genetic mapping, family diagrams, or symptom checklists. Each of us is the product of a complex weaving of genes and expectations, biochemistry and family myths, and the configuration of our family's strengths, as well as its vulnerabilities. To truly appreciate the complexity of the weave, we have to sort out the contributions of individual threads to the overall design.

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The Legacy

Inside a Family Haunted by Depression

Martha Manning • 5/20/2014


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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

Martha Manning • 7/6/2018

At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

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Karaoke on Five South

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

Martha Manning • 5/9/2018

A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.

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The Legacy

Inside a Family Haunted by Depression

Martha Manning • 1/2/2009


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Martha Manning, Ph.D., is the author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface and Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up, both published by HarperCollins San Francisco.