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Podcast: An Interview with Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo

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Click here for an interview on WYPR Maryland Morning of Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine on the topic of “Prozac and Placebo” by radio host Sheilah Kast. […]

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There Is No Such Thing as Catholic Guilt???

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Thanks to my friend David Gibson, now I can’t blame Catholicism for my guilt complex. To read his post on a recent study showing that Catholics (as well as other Christians) are actually no more guilt-ridden than anyone else, click […]

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Group Beyond Blue: Anti-Depression Measures

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A very helpful discussion thread was started at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community by Group Beyond Blue member Desertsutra called “Anti-Depression Measures,” where people have listed what helps them keep going. Desertsutra begins: I know there are lots of […]

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Dear God: Where’s the Beef, I Mean Treasure?

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Dear God, In today’s reading (Matthew 13:44-46), Jesus says to his disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that […]

Where’s the Beef?

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Alas, for some comic relief … Do you all remember this? To view the YouTube video click here. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click […]

Peace of Heart by Brother Roger

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The following is a beautiful prayer I found by Brother Roger, who founded the Taize Community as an attempt to open ways of healing the divisions between Christians. The prayer is from the book “Seeking the Heart of God: Reflections […]

Larry Parker: Dreams and Rain

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The other day I invited you to write your own “This I Believe” essay like the ones read over NPR. Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker/Doxieman122 (who is a candidate for the Member of the Month) blew me away with his. I […]

Sissy Jo: We Are All Connected

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Thanks also to Group Beyond Blue member Sissy Jo for this beautiful reflection. (You can find still others if you read the “This I Believe” thread at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet’s Community.) I believe that life shows its complexity […]

Plaidypus: Dress Better than Your Enemy!

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And thanks also to Group Beyond Blue member Plaidypus for this charming entry, which can be found on the “This I Believe” thread at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community. I believe that I am a person of worth.. created […]

Video: Emotional Eating with Janice Taylor, Our Lady of Weight Loss

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I admit upfront that I was a little jealous of Janice when she started her “Our Lady of Weight Loss” blog because I had to share my editor, Holly, with her … and, well, I felt like the older sister […]

Nothing Tastes As Good As Being In Shape Feels

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I found this great blog post from Craig Harper, one of Australia’s most respected motivational speakers and educators from my blogging buddy Talia Mana’s “Emotional Eating Carnival” (sounds like cotton candy, but it means collection of blog posts, sorry to […]

5 Steps to Problem Solving

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In Steven Curtis’s book “Understanding Your Child’s Puzzling Behavior,” he provides a table called “Steps to Understanding and Intervention” that I think can be applied to any problem we depressives encounter in our recovery. You can download the worksheets (described […]

A New Support Group for Parents

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One of the members of Group Beyond Blue, Deep Within, has started a support group called “Deep Within Our Children” at Beliefnet Community for parents or caretakers of children who have been diagnosed, or are being screened for mental health […]

Therapy Is Creative Problem Solving

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A friend recently asked me what, exactly, about counseling was so helpful to me. I thought for a minute and then said, “I go in there with a mess of problems. I’m entangled in them. I’m overwhelmed. I don’t see […]

Group Beyond Blue: Problem Solving

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I started a discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community where we can tackle one of our problems and come up with creative solutions. Here is my post: As you’ll see in Thursday’s post, I’m trying to transform […]

Dear God: Wheat, Weeds, and Surrender

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Dear God, In this week’s reading, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-30): The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep […]

Khalil Gibran: On Sorrow and Joy

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Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.” And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.   And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can […]

On Surrender

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The following meditation is by Murray Bodo, O.F.M, from his book, “Song of the Sparrow.” We fight surrender to God and resist it. Then one day we wake up and realize that letting go is the only answer. And waking […]

Video: Making Jewelry, Making Peace

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Awhile back I did an interview with one my mental health heroes, Fr. Joseph Girzone, who talked about carving sculptures from bars of soap to escape his depression. Now I interview another mental health hero, Priscilla Warner (who runs The […]

Priscilla Warner: Oh, Where Are You, God?

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Following is one of my favorite excerpts from “The Faith Club”: As I listened to Suzanne I felt that I was in the presence of someone with deep faith who had dealt with suffering and loss in a way that […]

Don’t Get Stuck on “Unstuck”: Depression Is Real, and Drugs Help Me

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I think I’m smarter today than I was two years ago. At that time had someone forwarded me Newsweek’s interview with James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey […]

Peter D. Kramer: Prozac Nation?

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Another of his classic essays is the following, titled “Prozac Nation?” in which Kramer refutes the modern wave of thought that we are overmedicating our country, numbing America to every hiccup or discomfort, and doling out antidepressants where there is […]

Who Is the Most Inspiring Person of 2008?

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I know it’s only July, but Beliefnet is gearing up for their “Most Inspiring Person of 2008″ contest. The editors want to know who your picks are. Check out last year’s gallery by clicking here, and then tell us who […]

Video: Laughing with the Saints (and Fr. Jim)

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Every time I watch this video, I laugh. Fr. Jim’s joy and playfulness is just so contagious. I think he communicates more about hope and joy and how much God loves us with his jokes and laughter than most priests […]

Fantasizing Too Much? Plan a Positive Escape

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I’ve been feeling badly that I spend so much of my day fantasizing … about a place not covered in dirty laundry, and where sex is spontaneous (not scheduled), and backrubs and pillow talk come before and after. At this […]

I Hoped the Ocean Would Help You See

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I loved this story by Beyond Blue reader Melzoom on the combox of my post, “Dear God: Come All Who are Weary”: My second suicide attempt was not immediately severe enough to put me in the hospital. My husband came […]

Dear God: The Fern and the Bamboo

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Dear God, In today’s gospel, we read about the parable of the sower (Matthew 13: 1-9), which, ironically, was the reading that Eric and I chose for our wedding (it’s not all that romantic … but read in terms of […]

The Mustard Seed of Faith Is Enough

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The following meditation is from “Song of the Sparrow,” poems and meditations by Murray Bodo, O.F.M. God hears me.  We want to believe it with all our hearts, and so we pray mightily and storm heaven with our cries. And […]

Group Beyond Blue is Beliefnet’s Top Support Group!

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I just now got official word that Group Beyond Blue was the winner of Beliefnet’s Top Support Group contest. Yah! I continue to be amazed and delighted at the level of support and friendship and encouragement that is present on […]

10 Tips for a Soulful Summer

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Summer is my favorite season of the year. Probably because of all the light. But (this is going to sound weird, but I know you all know what I mean), sometimes I feel pressured to be happy during the summer […]

10 Ways to Bring Summer Inside

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If you don’t have the luxury of working from a laptop, like I do, which can be transported to a sunny spot, then you might have to bring summer to you. Beliefnet’s Holistic Editor, Valerie Reiss, writes “10 Ways to […]

Suicide: Premeditated Versus Impulsive

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker for forwarding me the piece, “The Urge to End It All,” published in last Sunday’s New York Time magazine. It was quite timely for me because I spent the majority of my train […]

Group Beyond Blue: Concentrate on the “How” of Suicide, Versus the “Why”

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Group Beyond Blue member Larry Parker started a discussion thread about the New York Times piece on Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community. There he writes: It’s a little disorienting at first reading ourselves discussed in the clinical (literally and […]

Recovery, Inc. and My Aunt GiGi

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In my video I mentioned Dr. Abraham Low’s organization, Recovery, Inc.  For those of you not familiar with Recovery, Inc., it is a somewhat old-fashioned but very effective mental health program for persons suffering from depression and other mood disorders. […]

Pray, Laugh, Breathe: Two Days of Healing

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I wanted to thank all my dear Beyond Blue readers for your care and concern after I published the video about my darker days. I really was mixed on whether or not to publish that. But I remembered my golden […]

Turning Fear to Faith

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Ironically, yesterday’s Gospel reading was about the hemorrhaging woman I talked about in my post about the statue of Jesus in the Hopkins’s administrative building with the inscription: “Come, all you who are weary.” It was a perfect reading for […]

Dear God: Come, All Who Are Weary

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Dear God, I always get a little teary-eyed when I get to Matthew’s eleventh chapter, which is today’s reading (Matthew 11:25-30), that says: At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for […]

Footprints in the Sand

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I used to have a “Footprints” plaque in the bedroom of my childhood house. Or maybe it was in the kitchen. I love the message of “Footprints”, even if it’s not sophisticated theology. It brings me much comfort because I […]

Butt Prints in the Sand

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Thanks to Patricia B. who posted the following on the message board of my “This, Too, Shall Pass.” I initially hesitated to publish it because I know how much Beyond Blue readers love the poem, “Footprints in the Sand.” But […]

Vote for Beliefnet’s Top Support Group

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Beliefnet has collected and discussed nominees for its Top Support Group contest. More than one member has told them that these groups sustain them, give them life, and get them through rough days. They also help people celebrate their best […]

Day 3: Your Wisdom

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I haven’t been doing a very good job lately of publishing all the wisdom that I find on the comboxes of my posts. Today I am publishing a small sample of those that have stuck with me and encouraged me […]

Holly (not my editor) on Healthy Anger

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Holly who posted the following comment on the combox of my post, “A Little Anger is Good.” I think I’m at a similar place as you. I remember, before I got sidetracked in my recovery […]

“T” on Emotional Affairs

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader “T” who posted the following comment on the combox of my post, “10 Steps to End an Affair”: The biggest mistake I ever made in my life was to allow myself to become attached emotionally […]

Taylor on Death & Dying, and Perfectionism

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Taylor for the following comment posted on my “Perfectionism: Ring the Bells” post: I woke up at 2:00 am and could not go back to sleep. My mind went to this title about perfectionism. I […]

Day 2: More of Your Stories

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There were so many amazing stories written on the thread “Your Story,” so I’m just publishing some of the first ones written there. Likes these from Group Beyond Blue members Luthitarian, iLiberty, and Lapatosu. To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

Luthitarian: Turning It to Fertilizer

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I was raised in a family that had pretty much shut down emotionally for a generation or two. Feelings were messy things you swept out with the dust bunnies. My parents never fought; they just gave each other the silent […]

iLiberty: I Am Jane Doe

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I’ve never attempted suicide. I’ve never been hospitalized. I go to work nearly every day and support a large family. I’ve taken my meds regularly for the past 17 years without fail. I don’t forget. I can’t forget. The cost […]

Lapatosu: There Are No Villains

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I’ve survived the normal issues in an American woman’s life in the 80’s and 90’s. Raising 6 kids through the teenage years, father remarries, mother’s medical crisis’, death of stepmom, car wrecks, job changes, alcohol abuse on my part, with […]

Day 1: Your Stories

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I have been thinking lately about what it means to be a leader (manager, moderator, fill in the blank), and, like I described in my post yesterday, I think it requires getting out of the way as often as you […]

Melzoom: I Will Never Make Those Mistakes Again

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When my parents divorced, I was nine years old. My mother and I moved from a very remote area to suburban Detroit where she had grown up. We lived with my grandparents for a year before moving into our own […]

Jomaspan: Born Bipolar

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I’m one of those people who believe that you are born with bipolar disorder. When and how it manifests is based on experience, but the raw ingredients are in your DNA. When I look back on my childhood, I can […]

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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