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Back on my “Lady Codependency, A Good Samaritan?” post, Beyond Blue readers had quite the discussion on what, exactly, codependency means. Reader Yames wrote this: Codependency has virutally nothing to do with God or “blessings”. It has everything to do […]

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I was relieved to know that there are quite a few recovering people-pleasers among our readers here on Beyond Blue. Among the messages posted on my “People-Pleasing: Today Is Not Your Day” post were these gems: I was just thinking […]

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Also on my post, “People-Pleasing: Today Is Not Your Day,” reader Michael posed this question: The hardest thing, for me, about setting boundaries, is that they not only keep the people I wish to keep out of my life out, […]

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Wow! What a lively discussion there is on the message board of my “Lady Codependency, a Good Samaritan?” post. Thanks, especially to reader Jeri who wrote: I don’t think this lady [me, in case you missed it] is a codependent; […]

Last year, before I started writing Beyond Blue, I had the same inner dialogue–where and how should I serve? Ultimately that conversation led to keeping my mother-in-law company during a difficult time for her. I describe that process in my […]

In my post, “Charity Confessions,” I talk about the “right” reason to serve. Although acts of altruism are important happiness boosters, I don’t think they can cure severe depression and I think the happy doctors who imply they can do […]

Peter Kramer describes the science of resilience in his fascinating book, “Against Depression.” His dream–the fantasy of resilience–gives me great hope that one day I might not have to work so hard at staying positive and sane, that I will, […]

I think all of us are more resilient than we think we are. I was moved by the comments of reader Nancy on my relpase post: We are sometimes strongest at our weakest moments. We feel like giving up, but […]

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The opposite of depression is not happiness, according to Peter Kramer, author of “Against Depression” and “Listening to Prozac,” it is resilience: the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. Proper treatment doesn’t suppress emotions or dull a […]

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