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Video: Meet Guardian Angel, Ann!

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I’ve told you about my guardian angel, but does she really exist????? I can prove it in this video. Here she is, taped live!, to tell you about her second calling, which is reaching out to fellow depressives as she […]

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Video: On Being Authentic

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Sometime in her 30s, Ann decided to be authentic and tell it like it is. She has inspired me to do the same, to go public with all my foibles and frustrations. After you listen to her, you won’t want […]

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Group Beyond Blue’s Status, Revolution Health, and Steve Case

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Thanks to all the Beyond Blue readers who weighed in on the combox of my post “Group Beyond Blue: Public or Private?” or at the discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue. I was confused that I called up AOL Co-Founder […]

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The Self-Esteem Forum: Where Next?

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On another housekeeping topic, I wanted to let you all know that we are not going to hold the fifth Self-Esteem Forum in May. The first four were very successful. However, there were too many folks who didn’t follow through […]

The Purpose of the Self-Esteem File

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I thought it would be helpful to remind readers where the idea of a Self-Esteem Forum came from, and the history of my self-esteem file…. Back when I was camping out, roasting marshmallows in the Black Hole, my therapist assigned […]

Barbara on the Self-Esteem File

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Beyond Blue reader Barbara (formerly Babs) nailed the purpose of the self-esteem file in her letter to Margaret on the combox of my post “Margaret on Releasing Fears.” Articulated so beautiful, Barbara says this to Margaret: Dear Margaret, You mentioned […]

Dear God: Addiction and Your Advocate

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Dear God, In John’s Gospel, Jesus says this to your disciples: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit […]

Henri Nouwen on Filling the Heart

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When I’m in that needy place, it helps me to read what Henri Nouwen wrote in his book, “The Inner Voice of Love” about all those persons, places, and things that we think are absolutely necessary for our wholeness. When, […]

MOTHERS Act: Online Petition Needs Your Signature

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My blogging buddy, Katherine Stone, over at “Postpartum Progress” asked me to urge all Beyond Blue readers to sign the online petition for the MOTHERS Act that was put together by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The US Senate […]

Young, Less-Educated Mothers at Greater Risk for Postpartum Depression

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On April 11, the CDC published new postpartum statistics that Katherine Stone discusses in her post “CDC Releases Latest Statistics on PPD Today,” which you can get to by clicking here. Wall Street Journal’s health blog on these numbers by […]

Gwyneth Paltrow Battled Postpartum Depression

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Thanks once more to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus for finding this celebrity gossip on Perez Hilton’s blog: Gwyneth Paltrow reveals in the May issue of Vogue that she battled post-partum depression after the birth of baby #2, Moses. “I felt really […]

One Addiction at a Time, Please

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There is a reason why smokers who want to quit should never diet as they come down off the nicotine addiction. For one, they will lose friends and family. Because it’s hard enough hanging out with a grumpy ex-smoker. But […]

Studies Find Genetic Link to Smoking

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One more interesting article about addiction and self-control and then I’ll let you be to all your vices (as long as you don’t bug me about mine). A recent New York Times/AP story (that you can get to by clicking […]

Diet Coke and Depression

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When you are a recovering drunk, you don’t have a ton of options at parties. I used to be an avid Diet Coke drinker. But last summer my sister scared the well you know out of me when she started […]

Group Beyond Blue: Public or Private???

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I need your input! Several members of Group Beyond Blue (on Beliefnet’s Community, or social networking site) have asked me to make Group Beyond Blue private, meaning that you need to be a member of the group to view and […]

Video: Lessons on Letting Go

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All the comments from my Monday post, “Dear God: My Peace I Give You,” have got me thinking more about just how we might go about getting acquiring “peace.” I also talked about this with Gus Lloyd, host of “Seize […]

Margaret on RELEASING Fears

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I loved this comment by Beyond Blue reader Margaret, because I so related. I get my fears and troubles to God alright–they go via FedEx. It’s RELEASING them that’s the tough part. And I also love what she says about […]

Frank and His Brother’s Suicide

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I also love this response by Frank, who used to beat himself up over his brother’s suicide, and how he has come to understand a few lines of scripture to save him from “stinking thinking” (as we like to say […]

Gus’s 60-Second Reflections

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Gus Lloyd, host of “Seize the Day” on Sirius Radio, the Catholic Channel, posts a 60-second reflection on his personal website everyday. Here is the one that we talked about on the air yesterday: Troubled Hearts Today in the first […]

Herschel Walker: What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

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Okay. This is going to sound bad, really bad, coming from a person who is trying to lessen the stigma attached to mental disorders, but when I learned about former NFL star Herschel Walker’s dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known […]

Britney Spears: A Story of Hope

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Here’s an ironic moment: just as I’m off to the Mood Disorder Symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins, I decide to pick up some water and sunflower seeds for the road trip (no, there isn’t a connection between them and sanity). […]

Dear God: My Peace I Give to You

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Dear God, I’ve been repeating the words of today’s readings over and over again like a mantra. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). […]

My New Mantra: “I Am Okay”

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This message of peace came at a perfect time for me because (SURPRISE!) I’m feeling a tad insecure as of late. Not that I’m feeling any more insecure than usual. Well, yes I am, because I got to taste what […]

Luminaries Share Stories of Mental Illness

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Thanks to the blog “We Must Not Think Too Much,” I found the following Baltimore Examiner article by Karl B. Hill about the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorder Symposium that I attended last Tuesday. Again, how thrilling it was for me […]

Virginia Tech a Year Later: 7 Things You Should Know About College Campuses Today

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? Yesterday USA Today’s Marilyn Elias wrote an interesting piece about the status of college campuses today with regard to mental illness awareness this first anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Here are some interesting points of her article: 1. […]

What You Should Know About College Depression

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Back in September I participated 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. To listen to a podcast of the […]

Where Illness Ends and Evil Begins: Why Did Cho Seung Hui Do It?

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A year ago, at the time of the Virginia Tech massacre, I wrote a post about where illness ends and evil begins. The killings raised all kinds of questions for me: theological and philosophical ones along side scientific ones. Here […]

Video: Me? A Cafeteria Catholic?

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I spent this morning in Washington DC among all the other journalists covering the pope’s visit. My interview on Sirius Radio, the Catholic channel, got pretty heated with the listeners who called in, after I spilled the beans about my […]

Dan Barry: The View From His Pew

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There have been many interesting articles on the state of the American Catholic Church, but I found this essay by Dan Barry in the New York Times especially charming and intriguing, probably because I agree with so much of it. […]

I’m Going Back to Johns Hopkins Today–To Learn More

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April 15 is a symbolic day for me because it was on this afternoon three years ago, I met Ann, my guardian angel on an Amtrak ride from New York to Baltimore. What a perfect day, then, to attend the […]

Kay Redfield Jamison: Learning to Love Our Jagged Edges

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My absolute favorite essay on depression is a piece Kay Redfield Jamison wrote for NPR’s “This I Believe” collection of testimonies. It’s about learning to love our jagged edges. I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of […]

Early-Onset and Chronic Depression: Project GenRED

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In a recent medical newsletter, I came across this article on Project GenRED, a large NIH-sponsored effort to identify genes for recurring major depressive disease, which “operates on the premise that genes for early-striking disease are probably more obvious than […]

A Day in the Life of a Manic Depressive

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Beyond Blue readers: I am so very touched by your prayer thread at Group Beyond Blue. You have no idea how much that means to me. I was in the midst of writing my Monday “Dear God” letter in which […]

Dear God: On Cherry Blossoms and Mania

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Here is my Dear God letter, on the enticement of mania. Dear God, Perfect timing with this week’s reading, given that I’m, at present, in a hypomanic cycle with 40/20 vision: noticing the beauty and mystery in just about every […]

Video: Sleep Is Healing

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One great thing about mania is that you can be productive on absolutely no sleep. I taped this the morning after my totally sleepless night. I talk about how sleep, like medication and prayer, is a staple of recovery. Without […]

10 Reasons Why Catholicism Is the Best Religion For the Mentally Ill

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With Pope Benedict’s visit to the US (check out Beliefnet’s coverage by clicking here) comes an opportunity for me to explain why Catholicism is, hands down, the best religion for the mentally ill. Here are a few cool devotions and […]

Benedictions: David Gibson’s Blog

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Be sure to check in with David Gibson, who is blogging for Beliefnet on all aspects of the Pope Benedict’s visit in the US, if you want to know why he is here, and how it’s going.

Stephen Colbert: The Pope Is Coming to Town!

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My friend Jim Martin has a great video clip from Stephen Colbert’s segment about the pope. In true Colbert, it’s priceless. Click here to see it. Jim Martin writes: There are few people who are more excited about the pope’s […]

Disney’s Desperate Housewives

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Thanks to good old Nancy for this one!

Austin Powers: Just the Two of Us

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Okay, I realize I have the sense of humor of a five-year-old (possibly six), but I still crack up over this video, especially when I think about my own mini-me inside my head. I hum this song to us all […]

Mr. Dooce, Stress, and Depression

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While I don’t appreciate the nasty tone of many comments on my post about J.K. Rowling’s Suicidal Days, they have caused me to rethink my claim that divorce doesn’t CAUSE depression—even if it can TRIGGER it. Big whoop, you say: […]

The Mike Wallace Case Study

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As an example of the relationship between stress and depression, J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D. mentions the situation with CBS commentator Mike Wallace, when he was on trial for libel over a story he’d done. In “Understanding Depression,” DePaulo writes: […]

Dear God: In Pardoning, We are Pardoned

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Dear God, In today’s reading, we get to hear Luke’s story about the Road to Emmaus, when Jesus appeared to two disciples and pulls the same stunt that I do on my kids when I want the real skinny: he […]

Action Transfigures the Present

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As I was reading Monsignor Massimo Camisasca’s reflection on last Friday’s reading, the miracle of the loaves and fish, this Italian priest seems to underscore the very premise Pope Gregory preached: that it is in active participation of love that […]

Seeing With Eyes of Faith: Recognizing Jesus Today

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Father Thomas Keating writes an interesting article about how we might come to be able to recognize Jesus in our lives. From his book, “The Mystery of Christ”: Like the disciples of Emmaus, we, too, have our own ideas of […]

The ADHD Brain: With Too Much Shrinkage

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Have you ever wondered what you’d look like with extreme brain shrinkage? Douglas Cootey of The Splintered Mind gives us a visual …

Ready for This? A Home Bipolar Test

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Thanks once more to Lilit Marcus who is a fantastic story finder for me! Now that Larry has a job I’m recruiting readers who can forward me current events related to depression and bipolar disorder. Since I never seem to […]

Group Beyond Blue: What’s Your Diagnosis?

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Check out the discussion thread “Diagnosis” started by Beyond Blue Member Doxieman (we know him on this blog as Larry Parker) regarding what diagnoses we all have. I laughed when I started reading which initials we can refer to ourselves […]

5 Ways to View a Midlife Crisis

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I turned 37 in February. Eric turns 39 in two months. But we already feel like we’re smack in the middle of a midlife crisis. Well, maybe that’s not the right word for it. Not a crisis—just a, how do […]

Nearly Half of Americans Suffer from a Mental Disorder at Some Point

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I was taken aback by these statistics that I just read in Johns Hopkins Depression and Anxiety Health Alert: that a quarter of all adults have symptoms of at least one mental disorder each year, and nearly half of all […]

What Should You Do If Someone You Know Is Suicidal?

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Fortunately there are abundant resources on the Internet to help guide a person who hears a loved one talk about suicide, or who is suicidal himself. I found the following material at Mayo Clinic’s page on suicide. Visit their site […]

Group Beyond Blue: Shake Off the Dirt!

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Another way of taming the negative persons inside our head is to simply “shake off the dirt,” which is also an affirming and supportive discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community. Beyond Blue Member DawnAndrea06777 starts off the […]

Saturday: Self-Esteem Forum #4

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Thanks again to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker (Doxieman122 in the Community) who has taken over moderating the Self-Esteem Forums ever since my doctor told me I needed to start delegating. The following is his invitation: Group Beyond Blue will […]

Group Beyond Blue Reaches 500 Members!

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Exciting stuff! We now have 500 members in Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet’s Community thanks to all of you guys and also to Priscilla Warner (get to her page by clicking here) of The Faith Club (visit her group by […]

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