May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Tomorrow, May 19, is Mental Health Action Day.
So today on Now I’ve Heard Everything, a 1994 conversation with a woman whose own mental health crisis became a bestselling book, then a major potion picture.
In 1967, at the age of 18, Susanna Kaysen’s family had her hospitalized for treatment of depression. She was told she would be there for two weeks. She was actually there for 18 months, after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder..
Years later Kaysen drew on her experience to write her memoir Girl, Interrupted. I met her the following year.
So here now, from 1994, Susann Kaysen.
Girl, Interrupted was made into a movie in 1999 starring Winona Ryder as Susanna.
Newt Gingrich was first elected to Congress from George’s sixth district in 1978. By the end of the 1980s, he had risen to a position of leadership in the House GOP.
In 19 for Gingrich was a leader in the Republican wave that took over the house, and Gingrich became the first Republican house speaker in 40 years.
But by 1997 infighting in the party put Gingrich on the defensive.
Gingrich himself help fan the flames of discontent when, in late 1997, he almost single-handedly shut down the federal government. It was a squabble over a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. And Gingrich was upset because he had apparently been snubbed on a flight on Air Force One.
In 1998 Gingrich wrote a book he called Lessons Learned The Hard Way.
So here now from 1998, Newt Gingrich.
Newt g resigned from the house in January 1999. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Gingrich is 78 and remains active in Republican politics. His new book Defeating Big Government Socialism: Saving America’s Future will be published in July.
You know the name Jenny Craig. It’s a popular weight loss, weight management and nutrition company with hundreds of locations all over the world.
It’s named, of course, for its founder Jenny Craig. At the age of 51 she and her husband Sid co-founded what is today known as Jenny Craig Inc. They started with locations in Australia, and established a U.S. presence in 1985.
I met Jenny Craig in 1992, when she was promoting one of her books about weight loss and lifestyle management.
So here now, from 1992, Jenny Craig.
Jenny Craig will be 90 in August. Jenny Craig Inc has over 700 worldwide locations.
Have you ever had an incident in your life that suddenly propelled you in a whole new direction?
That happened to Pat Brown. After a close personal run-in with a suspected criminal Brown embarkrf on a whole new career path, even though many people said she was too old, and would never fit into a man’s world .
Brown became a criminal profiler. And a very good one — you may have seen her on TV, on CNN, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, and elsewhere .
I met her in 2010, when she wrote a book about her experience, called The Profiler. And what you’re about to learn, about Pat Brown and about profiling, you will find fascinating .
So here now, from 2010, Pat Brown.
Pat Brown is 67 now, and still profiling the bad guys.