Beyond Blue
March 2007 Archives

“One only needs to have a family member or friend with a mental illness to understand that there is nothing rational, predictable, or fair about these diseases…. He was not down or blue, he was ill.” That statement was just […]

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick must have memorized Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic, “The Four Agreements“–a book introducing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec, a Mexican tribe of scientists and artists–because it appears he’s got the first agreement down: “Be Impeccable with […]

I was so moved by these excerpts that I read from Kitty Dukakis’ memoir about her battle with depression. With the help of medical journalist Larry Tye, Kitty shares how controversial shock therapy treatments saved her life.

You might want to sit down for these unpleasant statistics. According to an investigation by the “Hartford Courant“: In 2005, 22 soldiers killed themselves, accounting for nearly one in five of all Army non-combat deaths. (25 in 2003.) A number […]

The following prayers are from “A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.” FOR GOD’S HELP Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy protection, and in all […]

I’ve always loved Rosie O’Donnell for her courteous and tactful wit. But now I want to hang photos of this comedian all over my desk because, as a fellow depressive gone public, she has just made my job of educating […]

If you think Britney Spears is the only one breaking down in front of the camera, read this article in Psychology Today in which Art Buchwald writes candidly about his depression and introduces a few others–like Greg Louganis, Ted Turner, […]

We’ve had quite a lively discussion on the comments board of my guilt post. It appears I’m not the only one with a guilt complex. But please let me reiterate this point: I do like being Catholic! I like it […]

Caught in a terrible conundrum of whether I should break my diet over New York Super Fudge Chunk or Chunky Monkey at Ben and Jerry’s yesterday, I was reading the different fliers pinned to the community bulletin board inside this […]

I found a fascinating article by William J. Cromie in Harvard University’s “Gazette” about the different studies that have been done on music to treat a variety of different illnesses. Click here to read it.