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September 2008 Archives

13 Ways to Make Friends

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From the number of comments (over 200) posted to my “12 Ways to Make Friends” article I now know that many of us are lonely and would love a new friend. So I’ve revised my post, added one more place […]

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Group Beyond Blue: A Monthly Newbie Discussion Thread

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We’ve had several discussions at Group Beyond Blue (at Beliefnet Community) about how we can welcome the newbies into our community and how to be sure not to miss those who need the support but might not be as chatty […]

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Mindful Monday: Replacing Old Tapes With New Ones

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

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Video: Meeting My Inner Child

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In case you’re confused, I accidentally published this last week. Sorry! Now it makes sense given today’s mindful Monday meditation. Some of you have already seen this video about my reading through my junior-high journals and the process of coming […]

Friday’s Question: What Do I Do With My Impure Thoughts?

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On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Dear God: Why Temptation?

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Dear God, I apologize if I don’t have the right image here, when reading about Jesus’s many temptations in the desert, where he fasted for 40 days. For my Christology class back in college we were assigned to read Nikos […]

eHarmony Wrote Back: Discrimination or Not?

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The other night I was looking for an article when I came across this response to my post “Dear God: Why E-Harmony Has Got It Wrong” where I explained that I thought it was unfair that eHarmony includes depression among […]

Quotes on Perseverance

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I needs LOTS of coaching on perseverance because this essential virtue depends on another one called patience, which God ran out of the day He made me. Here are some beautiful quotes on perseverance: “Most of the things worth doing […]

Beliefnet’s Bipolar Resource Page!

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Beliefnet’s health editor (and my editor), Holly Rossi, did an exceptional job of compiling a variety of different posts and galleries on a bipolar resource page. It’s like the Target of bipolar information. No need to go around to all […]

The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder

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Writer Jennifer Egan published an excellent, comprehensive article about bipolar disorder among kids in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. She profiles several different families as well talks to experts in the field, asking doctors how they go about diagnosing a […]

Mindful Monday: I Said to Me Soul, Be Still

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Friday’s Question: Should I Make My Wife Go to the Hospital?

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On Fridays I will address a basic psychiatric question and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to do […]

What If She Refuses to Go to the Hospital?

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On Fridays I will address a basic psychiatric question and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to do […]

Wall Street Anxiety: 8 Tips to Manage Financial Stress

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Like most dinner conversations last night, ours was about Wall Street and our course of action. As Eric and I talked about what best to do at a time of financial crisis, it occurred to me that the same tools […]

Group Beyond Blue: Wall Street Anxiety

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I started a discussion thread called “Wall Street Anxiety” at Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community, where I asked folks to share their tips on combatting financial panic. Join the conversation by clicking here. To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

Don’t Cancel That Guilt Trip! Why We Need a Little of It

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When I was an assistant editor at U.S. Catholic magazine, I remember publishing a piece by Christine Gudorf called “Don’t Cancel That Guilt Trip.” She makes a strong case for why we should, as a society, hang on to a little guilt […]

Job Stress Triggers Depression in Men

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I know my title sounds sexist. Like men are the only ones working. HELLO??!!! Job stress triggers depression in women, too! BUT research suggests that job stress is often the primary trigger for depression in men, whereas relationship stress (you […]

Storied Mind: Work, Men, and Depression

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One of my favorite male bloggers is John at Storied Mind because he writes about things most of my readers can relate to: work stress, sexual addictions, and the fine line between health and illness. I love his post called […]

When Male Depression Goes Untreated

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Also from MayoClinic.com, these health complications resulting from untreated depression, and the suicide statistics for males (note: this is written for the reader seeking help): Like other men, you may feel that your depression symptoms aren’t severe. You may believe […]

Mindful Monday: A Reminder to Pause During the Week

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In her book “Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Throughout the Hours of the Day,” spiritual teacher Macrina Wiederkehr writes: The mystical possibilities are revealed to us in our intentional pauses. … If we practice living mindfully, we slowly begin to […]

Mindful Monday: Get Out of the Way!

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Friday: A Day for Questions on Beyond Blue

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I guess because it’s the start of a new school year I want to shake things up a little and add some new features. So we have “Mindful Monday” when we get to navel gaze and be all spiritual, Wednesday […]

4 Ways to Support Someone with Depression

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I loved James Bishop’s suggestions of ways to support someone struggling with depression. You can’t go wrong if you follow his directions on what to say to a friend or relative about this topic no one wants to address.  To […]

BustedHalo on Dealing With a Loved One Who’s Depressed

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Dr. Christine Whelon, author of “Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women” and columnist with BustedHalo.com wrote an important column recently to address a reader, Susan, who had been dating a man struggling with depression. Following are some excerpts from the […]

6 Ways to Stop Dwelling on It

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Beliefnet just featured an excerpt from O, The Oprah Magazine, about obsessive thoughts, which included several good pointers. You can get to the gallery by clicking here. It begins …. Ruminating regularly often leads to depression. So if you have […]

7 Quick Ways to Calm Down

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If you ever have a hard time, um, calming yourself down, take a look at my Beliefnet gallery featured on the main page, “7 Quick Ways to Calm Down.” It begins …. I’m easily overwhelmed. When my kids’ exuberant screams […]

Today Is Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day

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According to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness): Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day was created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), originally supported by a grant from Abbott Laboratories, to increase awareness of bipolar disorder, promote early detection and […]

TMI (Too Much Information): 4 Ways to Clear the Mind Clutter

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During this hiatus from the online world, I realized that all the information I force feed myself during a normal workday is as unhealthy for me as fast food. Now that I’m back to my desk, I don’t want to […]

4 Steps to Banish Email Clutter

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I just found a great article on clearing e-mail clutter on a blog called “Think Simple Now.” She offers a few suggestions on how to tweak your preferences so to avoid the land of clutter anxiety. And don’t fool yourself […]

Group Beyond Blue: Count the Small (and Big) Victories Along the Way!

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Thanks to Group Beyond Blue member Deep Within for starting the discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue called “YOU did that!” She’s absolutely right in that we are quick to congratulate children on their small and big accomplishments throughout the […]

A Place for the Singing of Angels: The Power of Silence and Solitude (or at least no e-mail)

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I realize that this post is a tad hypocritical since my paycheck depends on your clicks, but I need to tell you about my inner transformation during my 19-day hiatus from the computer because, as you might suspect, my mood […]

5 Reasons Why Adults (Like Kids) Need Quiet Time

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The following excerpts are taken from “Modern Spiritual Masters: Writing on Contemplation and Compassion” edited by Robert Ellsberg: 1. To Hear God Talk And if we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of […]

10 Ways to Harness Solitude

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The following Beliefnet gallery was timely for me since I’m finally realizing the healing power of solitude and actually letting myself enjoy my own company, where I can be still and silent for a few minutes. To get to the […]

10 Things I’m Going to Do Differently This School Year

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I recently confessed to a friend who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder that I get anxious upon hearing the humming sound of the cicadas in late July because I know summer is about finished and it’s almost time to get […]

100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College (or Anytime)

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Just when I thought I had a lot of goals, I read Alisa Miller’s article on “100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College.” Each area of your life (like sleep) has seven or eight goals. That’s a lot of […]

All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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I can never read Robert Fulghum’s poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” too many times. Every time I read it I gain a new truth. Today I’m concentrating on the line, “Warm cookies and cold […]

Group Beyond Blue: Jealousy

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Awhile back I started a discussion thread on jealousy at Group Beyond Blue (you can get to by clicking here). Check some great suggestions on what fellow depressives do when they start feeling green! To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

Video: The Dark Night and Depression (Fr. Jim, Part 2)

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Back when the private writings of Mother Teresa were published, we talked a lot about the difference between the dark night of the soul and clinical depression. My friend Jim Martin became the talking head on that point in various […]

Shadows in Prayer: The 7 D’s of the Spiritual Life

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The following piece, “Shadows in Prayer,” written for “America” magazine by my priest friend, Jim Martin, who is like the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus (superstar) of the Catholic publishing and media world, is a fascinating read because it covers absolutely everything […]

Why Are More Women Than Men Depressed?

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I recently did some research for a women’s magazine about depression in young women (ages 18 to 30). The editors wanted to know why so many more women than men struggle with depression. I got out my copy of “A […]

Infertility and Depression

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We’ve discussed the topic of infertility and depression often on the discussion boards of Group Beyond Blue. The risk for depression is real among women having difficulty getting pregnant and this is why, according to Dr. Ruta Nonacs in “A […]

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