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Ken Duckworth, M.D. (PART 2): How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Last week I introduced you to Dr. Ken Duckworth, the medical director for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), whom I interviewed as part of a blogger conference call hosted by Revolution Health. Since I couldn’t cover the entire […]

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Treating Depression Is Good for Business

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Thanks to readers Sandy Slaga and Larry Parker for bringing this AP story, “Study: Treating Depression Is Good for Business” to my attention. Here’s the gist: Investing in depressed employees — quickly getting them treatment and even offering telephone psychotherapy […]

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Educate A Depressive’s Spouse

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For a week or so, I’ve been pondering the following question by reader JCH: I have also been married for a little over a year. My husband knew on our third or fourth date about my depression and saw it […]

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The Depression Dialogue with Spouses

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James at “Finding Optimism” is devoting several posts to this specific topic because of all of your feedback to his great post “12 Ways to Care for Someone with Depression” and “Things to Say to Someone with Depression.” His wife, […]

Spouses of Depressives: Know the Enemy

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Anna’s second post is entitled “Know the Enemy,” and is as excellent as her first, “The Depression Dialogue“: Know the enemy. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? But I’m talking about the illness, not the person who is sick. When that dawned […]

This, Too, Shall Pass

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In case any Beyond Blue readers are camping out in the Black Hole, convinced that they will never ever have a different mailing address, I wanted to share Michelle’s letter with you, so that you have at least one thing […]

Beyond Blue: A Thinking Blog!

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Thanks to Philip Dawdy of “Furious Minds” who picked Beyond Blue as one of his picks of “thinking blogs.” And thanks to James of “Finding Optimism” for telling me to go look. It was fun to wake up to a […]

A Blog Eat Blog World

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Surfing the Internet is becoming a dangerous activity for me. The day after I wrote my post, “Is It a Relapse?,” about how very scared I was of returning to the Black Hole (or the “dark holes” as Mother Teresa […]

Whining on “The Splintered Mind”

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Here is Douglas’s post about whining on “The Splintered Mind” (but to get the full effect you need to go here, and see the picture of the baby crying): Moments before my friend whisked me away to a night of […]

I Like Whine

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Douglas has a valid point. Too much whining gets old, and it’s not at all productive. But this is what I said to him: “Frankly, I wish you would whine more. Because I like whine.” You see, I have to […]

Dear God: On Being Trustworthy in Small Matters

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Dear God, According to your friend Luke, you say this: The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great […]

A Jesuit Off-Broadway

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Since I’ll be attending my friend Fr. Jim Martin’s book event tonight, celebrating the release of “A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life’s Big Questions,” I thought I’d share an excerpt from it that I liked, because […]

Fr. Jim Martin on Mother Teresa

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Fr. Jim Martin wrote the following piece, “In My Soul,” about Mother Teresa’s dark night for the Catholic weekly magazine, “America“: Perhaps Catholics should not have been surprised by the revelations in “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light”, a new […]

Ken Duckworth, M.D.: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Back in July, I had the privilege to interview Dr. Ken Duckworth, the medical director for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), through a blogger conference call hosted by Revolution Health. Below I have excerpted part of the interview, […]

Dr. Duckworth on Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Here are some excerpts from Dr. Duckworth’s article, “Ask the Doctor: Treatment-Resistant Depression,” that I found on NAMI’s website. It provides an excellent overview of some steps that Beyond Blue readers can take if you are among those who haven’t […]

Raise Money for Mental Health Awareness

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I mentioned Revolution Health’s online mental health fair last week, but I want to mention it again because it is an easy, painless way to raise money for non-for-profits who are fighting stigma and doing whatever they can to educate […]

David’s Kindergarten Care Package

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This was pretty cool, too: David’s care package the first day of school, with this note: Welcome Did you wonder, did you ponder, What these things had to do With being in school, just like you? A rubber band …. […]

Video: Choose My Inner Child

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Thank you very much to all my Beyond Blue readers who responded to my first attempt at video blogging (vlogging, as reader Larry Parker says) with words of support and kindness. Thanks for not telling me that I have a […]

My Inner Child Contestants

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Here’s some background you might need for choosing my inner child: The Freaky Therese: I haven’t been able to dig up an official background check on this babe, but she does resemble those dolls that come alive in the middle […]

Healing the Inner Child

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I think that what Americans like me who live in therapy assign to healing one’s inner child is really about letting go of our attachment to pain, a major theme in Eastern thought, especially in Buddhism. Here’s an excerpt from […]

Madeleine L’Engle on Pain

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Thanks to reader Babs for sending me the following excerpt from one of Madeleine L’Engle’s books, “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.” Madeleine was one of my very favorite authors, and I was saddened by her recent death. […]

Larry Parker on Suffering

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If you’ve been reading Beyond Blue loyally, I need not introduce you to Larry Parker, perhaps my most, um, vocal reader. I was very moved by his comment to my post on 9/11 and Tumbling Towers. Like Madeleine L’Engle and […]

Nancy on Suffering

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I was also very moved by Nancy’s comment on that same message board: [Your post] brings tears to my eyes as I identify with all that you said and the unspoken words also. It is a deep longing and pain […]

The Soul in Depression

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Thanks to reader Sandy Slaga for mentioning this podcast called “The Soul in Depression” that you can hear by going to the American Public Media’s series, “Speaking of Faith,” by clicking here. Here’s a description of the podcast that you […]

Dear God: About the Prodigal Son

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Dear God, I used the hate the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Almost as much as I hate the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). Because it’s unfair. Here I am, trying to do everything right and […]

Henri Nouwen on the Prodigal Son

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I found this beautiful passage in Henry Nouwen’s book “Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith“: The deeper meaning of the “return of the prodigal son” is the return to God’s womb, the return to the very origins […]

Mother Teresa on Comedy Central

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My friend, Fr. Jim Martin split hairs with Stephen Colbert regarding Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith. I’m so proud of him! Click here to view his appearance.

Katherine Stone: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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A few months back, I started a series of interviews called “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” Well, apparently my readers were moving beyond blue better than I was because I sort of hit a rough spot and forgot about […]

Top Ten Bipolar Blogs

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Thanks to James at Finding Optimism, I found PsychCentral’s 2007 Best of the Web Blog for Bipolar Disorder. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. has been indexing and reviewing online reources since 1991. In 1995 PsychCentral.com began awarding Web awards to exceptional […]

Top 5 Blogs on Depression

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James at “Finding Optimism” lists his own top five blogs on depression. I berated him about not including Beyond Blue on his list, and he insisted that the list was compiled BEFORE he checked out Beyond Blue. I believe him […]

Online Mental Health Fair at Revolution Health

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Revolution Health is joining with its nonprofit partners to help persons who struggle with depression and anxiety to become more educated about mental illness and to help those nonprofits raise money. By participating in the online mental health fair, you […]

The Depression Debate: Biological? Spiritual? Both?

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There’s a debate that keeps resurfacing on the message boards of Beyond Blue: is depression a physiological disorder or a spiritual illness in nature? With prayer and medication, can you live happily drug free? Or is that asking for problems? […]

Some Manners, Please

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I remember the dinner conversation the night of November 4, 1980: “Please pass the corn.” Five minutes later: “Pass the salt.” My mom voted for Carter. My dad voted for Reagan. I headed to the bathroom. That’s how I deal […]

Ways to Insult Someone with Depression

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While we’re on the topic of how to say something, or (in my case) how to say something from your hideout in the bathroom, here’s a great post from James over at Finding Optimism on “Ways to Insults Someone with […]

Video Blogging: A New Feature

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I realize I’m throwing a lot at you guys this week. Every Monday I will post a prayer for the week. Every Friday for a few weeks I will interview a fellow mental-health blogger or professional. And for Wednesday … […]

God Places: The Mini-Pilgrimage

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For those new Beyond Blue readers, here is a post I wrote back in January about why I love pilgrimages. If I don’t have time to fly or drive or take the train to a “God place,” I find one […]

Dear God: Tumbling Towers and the Cross

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Dear God, According to your friend Luke, you say this: Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate […]

Prayer of the Week Feature

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One of the new features I’m adding to Beyond Blue this week is the “Prayer of the Week.” A couple of reasons for this: 1) I’m trying to get more spiritual, and I’m using my fear deadlines to get there. […]

The Toppling Tower: Sunday’s Homily

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Writing the prayer of the week based on Sunday’s readings has forced me to pay attention to the homily at Mass, because now the priest’s reflections can be material for my blog. I figure they may have picked up on […]

The Saints’ Guide to Happiness

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I must confess that the idea for my prior post, “The Saints’ Guide to Anxiety,” was not wholly original. It was somewhat borrowed from the title of one of my very favorite books, “The Saints’ Guide to Happiness” by my […]

Mother Teresa’s Lesson

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There have been so many wonderful articles published in the last two weeks about Mother Teresa because of the release of a new volume of her writings that reveal decades of agony. The Washington Post piece, “The Torment of Teresa,” […]

Prayer and Medication: A Collaborative Approach

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Kevin Culligan, O.C.D. describes his collaborative approach to persons experiencing both depression and dark nights in the same chapter of Egan’s book, “Carmelite Prayer“: I follow a collaborative approach to assisting others with their spiritual journey. With most persons, this […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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According to Kevin Culligan, O.C.D, manic depression can mimic the behavior of someone growing in her spiritual life. Hey, that’s great news for me! The next time I get manic and tell an inappropriate joke to a colleague, I can […]

Mother Teresa on Suffering

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How ironic that as I opened my devotional to the following excerpt by Mother Teresa on suffering just as I’m contemplating her dark night, and the difference between that kind of suffering and the symptoms of clinical depression. Here is […]

College Depression

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I was honored to participate last week in a blogger conference call sponsored by Revolution Health with Dr. Val Jone, Dr. Mark Smaller, and Ross Szabo about depression and mental illness among college students today. You can listen to the […]

Online College Health Center

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Revolution Health’s new Online College Health Center, which has information and resources for both students and parents, launched last week. You can get to it by clicking here.

College Depression Warning Signs

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I mentioned some of these in my prior post, but these warning signs are taken from Ross’s “Behind Happy Faces” website: Changes in feelings such as fear and anger are a normal part of life. Personal situations, such as a […]

Facts About College Depression

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Yikes! Here are some facts I came across on Ross’s “Behind Happy Faces” website regarding depression and mental illness among college kids. I’m thinking that maybe I won’t send David and Katherine off to school, as much as that sounds […]

Bipolar Illness in Young People

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I was troubled by yesterday’s article in the New York Times about the soar in bipolar diagnoses in young people. Not because I don’t believe it. But because I want to understand it: how the diagnosis of bipolar could increase […]

Long-Term Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

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“Why can’t I just vent to a friend?” I’ve asked my doctor on numerous occassions, feeling too tired or too poor to go back to therapy. I wish it was the same: counseling and coffee. But it’s not. There is […]

Women, Weight Gain, and Drugs: Q & A with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

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In a New York Times interview, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the chairman of the psychiatry department at Olean General Hospital in Olean, N.Y,, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Buffalo, discusses severeal pertinent questions that we’ve talked […]

12 Ways to Care for a Depressed Person

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My blogging buddy, James Bishop, over at “Finding Optimism,” wrote an excellent post entitled “12 Ways to Care for a Depressed Person.” I’ll give you the first three, and then go over there yourself to get the others. It’s worth […]

My Inner Snow White: It’s Time to Let Go

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You know that doll idea that I talked about in my “12 Ways to Wait for Recovery” post? The object that was supposed to represent the scared little girl inside me, whom the more evolved and logical adult could console? […]

Letting Go of Things Past

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How weird is this? Just as I’m quoting Blondie about the topic of letting go, I check out her blog and she’s writing on the same subject. And very poignant and beautiful stuff. She’s got some cool graphics, too, that […]

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