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October 2008 Archives

The Morning After Halloween

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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 here.

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Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment: Words CAN Hurt You

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Every day I drop David off for school I pray that none of the seemingly sweet boys in their Catholic school uniforms will bully my boy because I know his chemistry is similar to mine: he’s extremely sensitive and cruel […]

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Larry Parker: 4 Lessons on Bullying

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I asked Beyond Blue Larry Parker to write a piece about bullying since he described his bullying with such detail in my interview of him. He elaborates here, on how bullying can stay with you for a lifetime. … 1. […]

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Which Came First? Religion or Depression

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There’s a cartoon with a chicken and an egg in bed together. The chicken is smoking a cigarette with a very satisfied expression on his face, and the egg is restless and disgruntled. The caption above the egg says, “Well, […]

Group Beyond Blue: Spirituality and the Mind

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Group Beyond Blue member Luthitarian started a fascinating discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue on “Spirituality and the Mind,” where he asks folks to share what religious tradition or practice or philosophy has helped them with their depression. He got […]

12 Ways to Face Your Fears

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1. Yell at them. Tell them to go to a place where there are no lemonade stands. 2. Laugh at them. Start with “ha” and end with “hee.” 3. Loan them to a friend, and tell her not to give them back […]

Group Beyond Blue: Bulletin Boards

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I learned one more technique to deal obsessions from Group Beyond Blue member Belleo, who started a discussion called “Bulletin Board” at Group Beyond Blue (which you can get to by clicking here) at Beliefnet Community. Here’s what she said: […]

Friday’s Question: Can Taking an Antidepressant Make Me Suicidal?

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In a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert, I read this: Suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts are common symptoms of depression, and the risk of suicide may increase as depression begins to respond to treatment because the person might regain just […]

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: They Don’t Have to Be Perfect

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Peg for directing me on the combox to my post “12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy” to Elizabeth Scott’s review of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. As I mentioned on other posts, […]

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

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I wrote about The Second Agreement awhile back:  It’s been one of those days where I’ve had to consult Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic book, “The Four Agreements,” and read the chapter about the second spiritual agreement: “Don’t Take Anything Personally.” […]

Franco: I Believe in You

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I was touched by Beyond Blue reader Franco’s comment on the combox of my post, “12 Ways to Handle Jealousy and Envy,” in which he wrote: I think that three little words, I love you, always work magic at some […]

Barbara: Good Enough is Great

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I also appreciated Beyond Blue Barbara’s comment on the same post, “12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy,” because it reminded the wisdom in the flick “Babe,” when the farmer says to the pig, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.” If […]

New Blog! Text Messages with Patton Dodd

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Some of you know that I hold Patton Dodd in very high esteem, because his essay “Optimism Is Depressing” was so incredibly helpful when I was trying to make sense of all the folks around me who assured me that […]

Bipolar II Meets Bipolar I (and all hell breaks loose): One Woman’s Trip to the Dark Side and Back

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Thanks to Lilit Marcus for finding this fascinating article about a bipolar woman (Bipolar II) who married a Bipolar I guy. The article’s author, Janine Millerton, articulates all the drama of the relationship in such incisive language that the bipolar […]

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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My blogging buddy, James Bishop at Finding Optimism, wrote a great blog recently on what NOT to say to a depressed person. I’ve excerpted from it below. To get to his blog click here. There are many terrible things that […]

Mindful Monday: Breaking the Patterns of Dysfunction

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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: How Is Depression Different From Sadness?

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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 […]

Grief Versus Depression

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I just found a great blog by Beyond Blue reader Lisa, “We Must Not Think Too Much” (which you can get to by clicking here) that covers a plethora of topics related to mental illness. On her site was posted […]

National Boss Day: Depression and Work

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Since it is National Boss Day, I wanted to continue a conversation that was started on the combox of my post “Job Stress Triggers Depression” about the relationship between work and depression. An anonymous Beyond Blue reader wrote this:  The […]

4 Strategies to Boost Your Self-Esteem at Work

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Ellen McGrath has written a helpful article for “Psychology Today” on boosting your self-esteem at work. I have excerpted her four strategies below, but to read the entire article, “Self-Esteem at Work,” click here. Research has shown that the more […]

Mr. Dooce On Living With a Depressive

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A few days ago I published the essay by Jon Armstrong, Mr. Dooce, on what it’s like living with someone who suffers from chronic depression. I did not cite the source for this article and I shouldn’t have excerpted its […]

Video: Go To Your Happy Place

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I know a “happy place” sounds corny. How many times have you seen a character on a sitcom close his eyes and say, “I’m going to my happy place. I’m almost there. Up, I can’t find any parking. Hold on, […]

Saint Mary’s College: A Happy Place for Me, and Home to My Soul

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In “Home Coming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child,” bestselling author John Bradshaw describes his years in the seminary as nurturing, where he adopted many “new fathers” and “new mothers” to replace the abusive ones who raised him. He writes, […]

Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Johns Hopkins Medicine has published the following information on recognizing and treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is marked by recurrent, repetitive thoughts (obsessions), behaviors (compulsions), or both that a person recognizes as unreasonable, unnecessary, or foolish yet are […]

Columbus Day: What’s Your Newest Adventure?

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In the spirit of Columbus Day, I thought I’d discuss what we’re doing over at Group Beyond Blue (in Beliefnet’s community, or social networking site) because in my role as moderator of the group of more than 1,000 members, I […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Where We Are, Where We Can Go

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I know that I usually feature “Friday’s Question” on Friday, but since this is Mental Illness Awareness Week, I’d like to post a few articles on some successes today–a victory in the House to require health plans to cover treatment […]

House Votes for Mental Health Parity

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Let’s start with the good news, of course. From NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness): By a vote of 263-171, the House October 3 gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of […]

Larry Parker: A Few Thoughts on Stigma

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker for writing the following post as part of “The Doxieman Blog” which you can get to by clicking here: I fight the good fight against stigma against mental illness. But I was taken […]

Letter to Folks Without Depression and Anxiety

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Thanks to Group Beyond Blue member SoberToday who revised and edited this letter authored by Ben Oberin about HEP C to speak to those of us who live with depression and anxiety. You may read her discussion thread at Group […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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Also on Beliefnet’s Bipolar Resource page is my article on the intersection of spiritual life and bipolar disorder. I don’t think I’m romanticizing my bipolar disorder in saying that my real faith, the engine that propels me to love better […]

4 Steps to Better Boundaries

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My second job out of college was with a religious giftware company. I was a product-development coordinator for “inspirational” brands, which meant I was required to do things like write directions on how to bury St. Joseph for a “St. […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness

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According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first week of October to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. In 1990, the […]

7 Steps to Heal Your Inner Child

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According to John Bradshaw, author of “Home Coming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child,” the process of healing your wounded inner child is one of grief. And it involves these seven steps (in Bradshaw’s words): 1. Trust For your wounded […]

Friday’s Question: How Do I Care for Someone with Depression?

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I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked this question. And I can’t think of a better way of answering than James Bishop’s article, “12 Ways to Care for Someone with Depression,” which you can get to by clicking […]

Group Beyond Blue: 12 Quotes that Really Stuck

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Group Beyond Blue member Micaiah started a fantastic thread on Group Beyond Blue called “Quote of the Day.” He explains: One of the things I do in my classroom every day is post a “Quote of the Day.” These used […]

Group Beyond Blue: Growing Older Learning Lessons

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Another entertaining and thoughtful thread at Group Beyond Blue is the one started by Group Beyond Blue Member Vick2008 called “Growing Older Learning Lessons.” Because I feel like I’m always learning some lesson, I tuned in and was glad I […]

Group Beyond Blue Crosses 1,000!

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We now have over 1,000 members of Group Beyond Blue! I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you who have been such active members. Because all of the interesting discussion threads that you post are why […]

For the Feast of St. Therese: These Roses Are For You

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Since today is the feast of my patron saint, Therese of Lisieux, and it’s video day (Wednesday), I thought I’d republish my video on the roses that came when I prayed for all of you, especially those that had been […]

Tribute to St. Therese the Little Flower

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I found another cool video that featured several images of St. Therese set to beautiful music. If you love this saint, like I do, you’ll like it. To view the YouTube video, click here. To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

Crunchy Con on Saints and Signs

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Beliefnet’s Rod Dreher wrote an interesting post on saints and signs while back. You can get to his post by clicking here. I’ve pasted it below, but you should go to his post to read the interesting stories on the […]

7 Saints for Healing and Comfort

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Beliefnet recently created a lovely gallery of saints with text by Thomas Craughwell. To get to the gallery, click here. For centuries, the saints of the Roman Catholic Church have served as both inspirations and intercessors. From the lives they […]

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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

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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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