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April 2007 Archives

Depression Is Conquerable

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This is why I need to be in touch with people currently battling the demons of depression: they remind me of where I was, so that in the event I find myself in that massive pile of animal waste again, […]

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Treatment for Depression: Some Facts

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I just shared my belief that depression is conquerable. But how? Here are some treatment facts, according to “The Johns Hopkins White Papers 2007: Depression and Anxiety” by Karen L. Swartz, one of the physicians who evaluated me in Spring […]

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Good News For Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Also from “The Johns Hopkins White Papers 2007“: “If you’re on an antidepressant and it’s not working, don’t give up on it: You may need a higher dose, a longer duration of therapy, a different drug altogether, or a combination […]

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Deep Brain Stimulation For Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Click here to read a fascinating interview on “Medscape Today” with Helen S. Mayberg, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, about her groundbreaking research into the neurophysiologic loci of depression and the benefits of […]

The Least Harmful Addiction

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Thanks to Reader Peg, who posted the following comment on the “The Happy Ending” post: “My current medicine of choice for myself is smoking about ten cigarettes a day. Before I get the health lecture, I quit twice for four […]

A Dozen Addiction Zappers and Depression Busters

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Lest my readers think that I’m contracted by the Dark Side (sorry, watching too much “Star Wars” lately) to encourage addictive behavior and rationalize all weakness, here are a dozen addiction zappers and depression busters I use in deficient moments […]

Love Them Anyway

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Even as my dad’s behavior was hurtful at times, he was easy to love–he could made me laugh in the middle of an argument with a sarcastic and hilarious aside–but I can think of a few people in my life […]

P.S. On Communication

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The post about my dad was my third revision. In my first draft, I hurt the feelings of a family member whom I very much love. So I revised it. And then I realized that the second revision could hurt […]

Decision Um Making

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Here’s one clue that I might be heading back into the black abyss of depression: deciding between Ranch or Italian salad dressing has taken me longer than the time it took for the table next to Eric and me to […]

A Long, Loving Look at the Real

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In order to make a decision, you have to perceive a situation correctly. Which is why I’m unable to deliberate when I’m depressed: I can’t see. With the amygdala and hippocampus regions of the brain suffering cell shrinkage and death–spreading […]

We Didn’t Do Our Best

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I know I’ve been writing a lot about the Virginia Tech tragedy, and I promise to move on very soon, but today I can’t stop thinking about it because, for me, it points to how ignorant most people are with […]

Society Versus the Law

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Of course, even if we had done our best to treat Cho and killers like him, we may have seen the same outcome. Because our hands would have been tied legally. That’s why everyone I know in their twenties wants […]

Smart People Get Me Thinking

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I sent my “Mentally Ill, Psychopath, or Evil? I Need to Know” post to a hundred or so of my closest friends. I invited my former theology professors and past and present colleagues in Catholic publishing to weigh in on […]

The Interior Castle: With a Foundation

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Medical intuitive and renowned author Caroline Myss and I have a few things in common: we both have studied theology, and we were both taught by nuns. But when it comes to interpreting sacred texts, like Teresa of Avila’s classic […]

An Interview with Caroline Myss

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Click here to read an interesting interview with Caroline Myss by Beliefnet’s Valerie Reiss. Myss talks about her new book, “Entering the Castle,” and says you don’t have to profess poverty, chastity, and obedience to live a deeply spiritual life. […]

Mentally Ill, Psychopath, or Evil? I Need to Know

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Was Cho Seung Hui–the shooter identified in the Virgina Tech killings–mentally ill or irreparably evil? Did he suffer from a treatable mood disorder, or was he a psychopath unable to be helped? It’s a theological, psychological, and sociological riddle–an ugly […]

The Evil/Mental Illness Debate

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Here’s how some prominent writers and scholars weigh in on the topic of evil versus mental illness. Thanks to freelance religion writer Andrea Useem for collecting some of these on her blog, ReligionWriter.com. The “National Review Online” published these responses: […]

Prayers of Comfort

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This gallery of prayers offers solace, healing, and support from several world traditions. And you can post your own prayer for the lost and bereaved of Virginia Tech on Beliefnet’s prayer circle.

More from Rachel Naomi Remen

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Dr. Remen, who spends her life comforting sick people, wrote this in her chapter “Just Listen” (part of “Kitchen Table Wisdom“): “One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted to tell […]

What NOT to Say (Job’s Comforters)

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Harold Kushner explains what NOT to say to a grieving family in his classic “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” using as an illustration the story of Job (the faithful, righteous, and pious man who loses his livestock, house, […]

Words For When I’m Wordless

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I’m grasping for words today. What do you write the day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history? I can barely look at the front page Washington Post photo of the wounded being carried from Norris Hall, an academic building […]

On Hope

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Yesterday I mentioned my wise theology professor, Keith Egan. In an article entitled “Banishing Anxiety,” he wrote the following about hope: “Hope is a call to choose life and to choose it to the full, to live vibrantly knowing that […]

God Isn’t Random

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The deadliest killing spree in U.S. history happened this morning: at least 32 people killed and more than two dozen others injured during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech (according to the latest “Washington Post” story). I’m afraid to read […]

A Bad Compassion Day

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My hair is in place, but boy am I having a bad compassion day! This is where I went wrong: I read an op-ed entitled “Self-Help’s Slimy ‘Secret’” by Tim Watkin in the “Washington Post.” Not a smart activity given […]

Mother Teresa’s Compassion

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This beautiful prayer by Mother Teresa articulates for me what pure compassion looks like. If it were shorter, I’d have it memorized. (But my spiritual hard drive has very little memory–thus, the post-its and clutter around my desk.) Dear Jesus,Help […]

Healing Words for the Season

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Since it is now the Easter Season (according to the church year), I thought I’d mention some words spoken by the Risen Lord that help me with my anxiety and depression: “Do not be afraid.” (Matt. 28:9) “Woman, why are […]

Finding a Doctor and Getting a Second Opinion

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The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, “Understanding Depression,” was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and […]

Doctors Examine Themselves

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Here’s a great article by Barron H. Lerner, “Doctors Examine Themselves: Books Explain How Errors Happen, How Patients Can Cope,” about two new books–“Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Atul Gawande, and “How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman–that ran […]

Reader Response: The Happy Ending

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Thanks to readers Patricia and Lanette for asking for a conclusion to my Good Friday post. I think I’ve been reading too many fairy tales to Katherine before bed, because I’m annoyed with happy endings. That’s why I left mine […]

The Psychiatric Guide to Annapolis

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One of my many book ideas: “The Psychiatric Guide to Annapolis: An Atlas of Shrinks in the Sailing Capital of the World.” Do you like it? My research was quite painful. Having a medical file with almost all of the […]

When the Cure Is Not Worth the Cost

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What do you guys think about this op-ed piece in the “New York Times” today by Maia Szalavitz? I have an opinion, but I want to hear yours first.

Time to Grow Up

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I fully support Katherine’s pacifier habit. Even though her preschool teachers, grandparents, and dentist say, at age three and a half, it’s definitely time to pull the plug, part of me thinks I should let her suck away on the […]

Addiction-Breaking Aphorisms

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Here are some addiction-breaking aphorisms that Halpern lists in his book, “How to Break Your Addiction to a Person.” They are helpful for me not only in ending dysfunctional friendships, but in trying to stop any kind of destructive habit–like […]

Henri Nouwen on a Lost Friendship

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Whenever I am in “Infant Time,” thinking a person, place, thing, or situation will bring peace to my restlessness, I always hear my mom saying, “No person, place, thing, or situation can disrupt your serenity. That is up to you […]

Six Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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As a graduate student pursuing a degree in theology twelve years ago, I took a course called Systematic Theology–by far my toughest class–by a brilliant professor who was dying of bone marrow cancer. No one knew she was dying. She […]

David Kuo on Cancer

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I was moved by David Kuo’s blog post about cancer (and all illness), his reaction to the news about Tony Snow’s cancer returning and spreading. David, a fellow Beliefnet blogger, has battled his own illness–a brain tumor–and speaks so candidly […]

Good Friday and the Bleeding Woman

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Good Friday and the narrative of the Lord’s passion will always be connected to the story of the hemorrhaging woman in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) for me, because just as I yelled out to God in the […]

Holy Thursday and Friendship

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Back in February, I mentioned that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to surround myself with people I admire. The person on the top of my list was Mike Leach, my writing/editing partner on several books, and a dear […]

Spiritual Friendships and the Emotional Affair

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Last night’s dinner conversation: “I wonder if Mike and Vickie will want to go to church with me on Friday when they’re here,” I said (as I reviewed all the services at St. Mary’s for Holy Week). “But, Sweetie, you […]

My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic

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I’ll be on Sirius radio, on the Catholic Channel, to discuss my Beliefnet article, “My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic,” about Eric’s (forced) conversion to Catholicism. If you’re up and alert, tune in for it on Monday at 6:40 a.m.

Reader Response: Boundaries and Guilt (A Delicious Blend)

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I have good news and bad news. The good news is that many more people are tuning into “Beyond Blue” and posting comments on the message boards (yeah!). The bad news is that my filing methods have not yet made […]

Reader Response: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

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Another Reader Question: one reader asked if she should leave her husband of 30 years (did I get that right?) because he is unsupportive of her depression. (Feel free to fill in the gaps of the situation on the message […]

Me Sans Career

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Americans work longer hours and take fewer vacations than most other workers around the globe. According to the Families and Work Institute, the average full-time worker spends approximately 48 hours a week at their job. I wonder how many of […]

Who I Want to Be

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Question of the day: If you were a holiday letter, what would you say? (In other words, who do you want to be?) Eric’s answer: “My house is a mess, my wife stayed out of the nuthouse, and my kids […]

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