- Writer's Voices - 20130823- Norman Rosenthal

The Gift of AdversityJoin Monica and Caroline this week as we welcome Dr. Norman Rosenthal back to Writers' Voices.  Throughout his storied career as a research psychiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal has searched outside the box for ways to help people struggling with depression and other mood disorders.  This search led him to diagnose and name seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and develop light therapy as a wonderfully effective treatment while at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He went on to write several books that brought alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments straight into public awareness, including "Winter Blues," "St. John's Wort:The Herbal Way to Feeling Good," and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, "Transcendence," which explores the power of Transcendental Meditation in healing and transformation.

In his new book, "The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks and Imperfections," Dr. Rosenthal shares personal stories of adversity, as well as case studies and lessons he has learned from his heroes. Less scientific than his previous books, "The Gift of Adversity" is part memoir, part inspiration, and thoroughly enjoyable to read.