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About Billy Johnson II

Billy Johnson II is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the writer of a weekly column, "Dr. Bill," on The Good Life. He has previously published on racism, and reconciling masculinity. "Dr. Bill" is dedicated to becoming a more compassionate, loving, and forgiving human being. In his spare time he is working on his dance moves! You can follow him on Twitter.


  1. Your article was well written and helpful. I appreciate that you also found strength in your situation – strength which will likely be helpful to others as well; in my experience and capacity as a student, I’ve found many of the professors who are clinical psychologists have allowed the DSM to eclipse the human element. Good fortune.

    P.S. I also appreciate the use of Tupac!

    • Bill Johnson II says:

      Hi Marshall,

      Thank you for responding to my article. I was conflicted as to whether or not I wanted to release such experiences to the public domain and ultimately I decided that writing and publishing my experience was both an important aspect of my healing as well as my way of paying forward to assistance I received. Thank you again for your words and I too am troubled by the tendency of our field to pathologize. Perhaps we can continue to spread the word about the importance of normalizing and expressing genuine empathy for another’s suffering.

      Bill Johnson II-

  2. Thank you for writing & posting this, Billy.

    I look forward to reading more of your thoughts, perspectives,
    and experiences.

    All the very best to you & yours,


  3. Christina Cooksey says:

    As someone who knew you years ago, it is heartbreaking to read this article and picture you going through such struggles. You are a wonderful person, and a strong man. I know that depression is very hard to overcome, and I am so glad that you were able to do it.

  4. Bill Johnson II says:

    Thank you so much for your response Christina. I felt a sense of liberation and vulnerability writing this piece. As difficult as it was to actually endure the sadness that I felt, I feel equally rejuvenated at surviving and having learned so much about myself (and others) in the process. Among the many things I learned is 1) DO NOT be afraid to reach out in the midst of your anguish, 2) hold on to what ever it is that gives you hope, cling to it if you must, but do not let it go. I extend these lessons to you, and to any others who experience such struggles.

    Bill Johnson II-

  5. Kerrie Jordan says:


    I commend you for your courage to write about your struggle. You should be proud you your accomplishments! Hang in there friend. We never turn out
    the way we saw ourselves, however it always turns out for the best.

  6. My heart just broke. You are worth it Dr. Bill. God isn’t done with you yet, dammit.


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