I have always been interested in the human brain and have dedicated my career to investigating this complex organ to better understand neurodegenerative diseases, and to use our research findings to develop treatments, and one day, cures.
On those gray days when my despair is palpable it seems such a high price. But on my good days, oh, those glorious, delicious, good days, of which there are many, you will quite often catch me singing. Out loud.
Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.