Mike didn't get to it tonight, but as he's read a couple of mine before, that's show biz...
As long as the dialogue keeps going - that's the main thing.
One interesting thing Mike talked about that I could relate to was feeling as if you're mentally ill - depression, anxiety. This is my take on it:
Mental illness is an inappropriate response to reality; clinical depression, for instance, may mean you're sad when there's nothing wrong.
The way we feel is a completely appropriate emotional response to a horrible situation.
What would be 'mental illness' would be if you weren't upset at the atrocities going on. People wilfully shutting their eyes and ears and pretending everything's fine - now, that's mental illness!
And this is how I deal with it. I write. I talk. I connect with others. I try to stay mad instead of afraid, to do something, anything, instead of being paralyzed by fear and depression. And it helps.
It really does.