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Marya Hornbacher: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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For this week’s segment of my series, “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” I thought I’d reprint the interview with the author Marya Hornbacher in the “Washington Post” by Post staff writer Rachel Beckman. You can get to the interview […]

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Possessed and Then Released

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Here’s an excerpt from “Madness: A Bipolar Life”: by Marya Hornbacher Sometimes I just run as far and as hard as I can, until I can’t breathe, until my heart is about to explode, or until, stumbling drunk, I fall […]

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Henri Nouwen: Mourning the Loss of a Relationship

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As I read through the comments posted throughout Beyond Blue and on the discussion threads at Group Beyond Blue, I realize that a lot of readers are mourning the loss of special relationships. This prayer, by Henri Nouwen, articulates this […]

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12 Ways to End Addictive Relationships

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In his book, “How to Break Your Addiction to a Person,” Howard Halpern first explains what an addictive relationship is, then gives guidelines for recognizing if you’re involved in one. Then, he offers several techniques on how to end an […]

Video: 5 Ways to Zap an Addiction

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Oh yeah. Here we go again. As I’ve repeated on Beyond Blue, I live my life in a state of constant addiction. So I’m getting pretty creative in how I manage to control them. Here’s a refresher on five basics. […]

When Your Kid Is Anxious: 5 Strategies I Just Learned

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For the last month or so I’ve been torn on how much I should share on Beyond Blue and at Group Beyond Blue about my son’s struggle with anxiety. I don’t want to invade his privacy in any way. After […]

Prayers for Our Soldiers

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The following prayers are from “A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.” FOR GOD’S HELP Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy protection, and in all […]

Ann Omohundro: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Ann Omohundro needs little introduction, as I speak so often of her on Beyond Blue. If you want a refresher on who she is, check out my video, “Meet Guardian Angel, Ann!” I wanted to share more of her life […]

Ann on Being Authentic

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I love this video of Ann describing her second calling, to help others who suffer from mental illness. By being authentic herself, Ann has inspired me to do so, as well.To view the YouTube video, click here.To read more Beyond […]

Newsweek: Growing Up Bipolar

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I read with interest Newsweek’s cover story, “Growing Up Bipolar,” for three reasons: 1) Ever since my former therapist handed me my adolescent journals, I’ve been coming to realize that I may have been bipolar as a kid; 2) I […]

Bipolar Max’s Video

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Click here to get some perspective on what it’s like to raise a bipolar boy. Man oh man, I guess we all have our problems, but this just put mine into perspective. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, […]

10 Steps to End an Affair

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Given that I’ve been discussing my article “9 Ways to Affair Proof Your Marriage” on radio shows this week, I have been reading with interest the comments on the Group Beyond Blue discussion thread, “Ending an Affair,” at Beliefnet Community, […]

Group Beyond Blue: Ending an Affair

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Join the stimulating discussion thread, “Ending an Affair,” at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s social networking site by clicking here.

10 Red Flags of an Emotional Affair

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Jeff Herring, a marriage and family therapist, and an internationally syndicated relationship columnist (Knight-Ridder/Tribune Media Services) identifies ten warning signs of an impending emotional affair: 1) Thinking or saying, “We’re just friends.” If you have caught yourself thinking or saying, […]

Blogging and Online Communities: The New Support Group

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When it comes to fashion, I usually run about two years behind. Right as the bell-bottom jeans are no longer in vogue, I decide to buy a pair. But, hey, when it comes to the state of psychiatry and support […]

Your Blog Can Be Group Therapy

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Among those quoted for CNN’s article, “Your blog can be group therapy,” was Therapy Doc, whom I‘ve interviewed for our “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” series. The article is worth reading. You can get to it by clicking here. […]

Is Blogging Better Than Prozac?

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As I mentioned, Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus forwarded me a response to the CNN article published on Jezebel. com, which discusses the miracle of communication. Of course, we at Beyond Blue, already know this. But it’s a fascinating read regardless. To […]

Dr. Val’s Interview of Me on Revolution Health

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I’m so used to being the interviewer for my series “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” that I thought it might be a refreshing change to let someone grill me. I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Val […]

My Two-Part Interview with Dr. Kevin Keough of North Star Guardians

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I’ve been meaning to post this two-part interview with Dr. Kevin Keough for a long time, and now is as good as any. You’ve heard the Reader’s Digest version last blog post. For those of you who want to know […]

Beliefnet’s Living with Depression Site

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? Beliefnet’s health editor (and my editor) Holly Rossi has pulled together an impressive and comprehensive site called “Living with Depression.” Today I’ll feature a few things from that page, which you can get to by clicking here. The first […]

How to Pray When You’re Depressed

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In her piece “How to Pray When You’re Depressed,” Kathryn Hermes, F.S.P. offers several ways to pray when you are depressed. To view the gallery, click here. It begins: When you’re depressed, you may discover that the shadows and tempests […]

Getting Through the Rough Spots

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The page offers the video I made a few months back on getting through the rough spots. Come to think of it, maybe I should watch it again for myself.

Celebrity Depression and Their Lessons

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? Another feature on “Living with Depression” is my gallery of celebs who are battling depression and the spiritual lessons they afford us. To get to that gallery, click here. It begins: When it comes to depression, I search everywhere […]

Video: Humor Heals

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Apparently I upset a few folks in my recent video, the interview with Eric and Mr. Guardian Angel, “Being Married to a Manic Depressive,” when I used the term “whackjob” to describe MYSELF. I sincerely apologize for offending anyone by […]

Laughter as Mental Medicine

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The blog, “We Must Not Think Too Much,” is becoming one of my trusted sources of cool stories about depression and mental illness. I have no idea how she is able to scour all the sources she does. But she’s […]

Group Beyond Blue: The Humor Thread

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Group Beyond Blue member Budog started a thread at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet Community called “The Humor Thread! Everyone Needs a Good Laugh.” Join the conversation that starts with his post: Laughter is the best medicine… I would rather […]

Ovidia: How She Spent Her Nervous Breakdown

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While we’re on the topic of humor, go check out Ovidia’s post today on “How She Spent Her Nervous Breakdown.” You will get your much-needed daily chuckle. Click here to get there. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, […]

Dear God: Thank You for the Pentecost

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Dear God, Thank you for the Pentecost, for the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a good time for me to read the message of hope in the Gospel of John (20:19-23): On the evening of that first day […]

The Spirit: To Know that You are Loved

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I was moved by the following quote from Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M.Cap, regarding the Holy Spirit: Every time someone has a genuine, strong experience of the Spirit, the most vivid memory of the moment that the person retains is of […]

Mothering When You Are Depressed

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As I sit down to write my Mother’s Day post, I am filled with both tears and goose bumps. Yesterday at the park I talked to a fellow preschool mom in length about her father, who left for a loaf […]

30 Ways Motherhood Is Like a Mental Illness

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Motherhood provides a host of useful lessons on how to live with mental illness, and vice versa. Here are just a few things the two have in common (in my opinion, of course): 1. Five years into both of them, […]

This Year’s Mother’s Day Card Said …

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STOP MAKING BABIES! Love, Your Husband

Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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In light of Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d interview Cooper Munroe, one of the coolest moms out there in cyberspace who, with her friend Emily McKhann, started a website called themotherhood.com, one of the most comprehensive resources out […]

The Motherhood: We Know. We Believe. It’s Time.

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? On Cooper and Emily’s site, themotherhood.com, they post the following as their charter. I think it’s fabulous! We Know. We Believe. It’s Time. We know Becoming a mother means becoming a wholly new human being And that transformation can […]

Priscilla Warner: 18 Ways to Fill the Hole in the Soul

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?? Over the weekend, I e-mailed my friend Priscilla Warner (who moderates the fantastic “The Faith Club” group in Beliefnet’s Community, to get to click here) to ask her what she does when she feels sad, when she experiences the […]

Group Beyond Blue: How Do You Fill the Hole in the Soul?

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Join the interesting discussion thread, “How Do You Fill the Hole in the Soul?” that I started a few days ago at Group Beyond Blue, which you can get to by clicking here. Lots of interesting suggestions are thrown out, […]

Video: Healing From the Inside Out

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I am forever indebted to my writing instructor, Laura Oliver, for everything she taught me about the craft. But more importantly, she taught me how to go inside for what you need, and to try to resist the urge to […]

One Artist’s Way Out of (Mild) Depression

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In her classic book, “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,” Julia Cameron offers readers twelve ways to recover their sense of self or inner creativity. According to this artist, nurturing one’s creative powers is a spiritual exercise–and […]

Signs of CM: Creeping Mania

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I’m getting better at reading my mood and recognizing signs of hypomania, but I still have a ways to go. Thank God I have several good friends in my life who love me enough to tell me they think I’m […]

Manic: One Day at a Time

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My guardian angel, Ann, sent me the book “Manic” by Terri Cheney. I absolutely loved her epilogue: I’m sitting in my favorite café, writing a line, crossing it out. Writing a line, crossing it out. My soft-boiled egg will be […]

Dear God: The Holy Spirit and the Conscience

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Dear God, All we hear about these days in the Gospels is that Jesus is going bye-bye and that you are sending us this thing called the “Advocate.” In the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John’s, it’s more of […]

11 Ways to Grow the Tree

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? Last week I drafted some specific steps that I can do to “grow my tree” so I’m not as fragile with regard to my moods, so that I’m less vulnerable to wind–and my branches can bend and move without […]

Loving a Manic Depressive

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Among my favorite essays on loving someone with a mental illness are those penned by Anna Bishop, my blogging buddy James’s wife. She’s written five outstanding posts on what it’s like to be a passenger on the rollercoaster of a […]

God and Suffering: The Fascinating Blogalogue

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Often on Beyond Blue, we’ve discussed the problem of suffering, and where God is in all of it. We’ve debated how God can be good and all-powerful when so many people live with chronic illnesses like depression and poverty and […]

Tears On Her Laptop: A Co-Worker’s Suicide

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Speaking of suffering and anger and confusion, I was incredibly moved by a post on a blog called “Old Lady’s Law Office and Kitchen Table” (to get to there click here) about a coworker’s death. Suicide. She asks the questions […]

Our Lady of Weight Loss: Yours In Tears

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And while we’re on the topic of tears, I was surprised by Our Lady of Weight Loss’s blog post about crying on the job and Beyond Blue (to get there, click here). Janice is so dang perky in those videos […]

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