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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 […]

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Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

posted 10:37:13am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

posted 10:32:10am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

posted 9:30:12am Nov. 21, 2013 | read full post »

Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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