Beyond Blue
October 2007 Archives

Last week there was an article in the “New York Times” about the spat between David Michaelis, the author of the biography of Charles M. Schulz (creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip) released this week by HarperCollins, and the Schulz […]

With the suicide attempt of Owen Wilson a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about humor and depression—about how so many of us depressives use wit as a remedy for our melancholy. “If we couldn’t laugh, we would […]

Thanks to reader Larry Parker for directing me to the story “Darkness Invisible” by Daphe Merkin in the New York Times Magazine last month. It is a powerful commentary on the public’s response to the suicide attempt of Owen Wilson. […]

Tomorrow my very good friend Michelle’s book on cancer, “Any Day With Hair Is a Good Hair Day: How to Get Through Cancer and Get On with Your Life (Trust Me, I’ve Been There),” is released! I’ll talk about it […]

Dear God, You sound a lot like my late (earthly) father with today’s lessons on manners in Luke’s gospel: Ten lepers had been healed, and yet only one returned to thank Jesus. So Jesus turned to that man–a Samaritan, of […]

As part of Blog Action Day–a collaborative effort in cyberspace to raise awareness of environmental issues, I’m republishing a post I wrote back in February, when it finally got cold outside. Global warming is a huge issue of anxiety for […]

Thanks to reader Sunshine who reminded me that today, October 15 is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, one of my very favorite saints! In memory of her loving faith, I’m republishing her “Bookmark” prayer, which is as […]

Following is the fourth and last segment of my interview with Ken Duckworth, M.D., the medical director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) that I was afforded through a blogger call hosted by Revolution Health. For Part […]

I’m facinated by this “circuit-board” model of major depression–the connection between specific sets of nerve cells in different regions of the brain–explained by researchers like Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., professor of psychiatry and neurology at Emory School of Medicine. And […]

For more information on deep brain stimulation (DBS), click here for excerpts from Johns Hopkins’s interview with Helen S. Mayberg, professor of psychiatry and neurology at Emory University School of MEdicine.