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Lessons I’ve Learned from Depression

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Not my lessons, of course. I like to focus on WHAT I’VE BEEN ROBBED OF because of this darn mood disorder. Ahem. OTHER PEOPLE’S LESSONS. I thought this was a very cool gallery, especially for BLACK (and blue) Friday. Beliefnet […]

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10 Uplifting Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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Again, this title is too positive to be my own. But we must start the holiday season with a heart of joy, no? Here’s a good beginning … What is it about a short quotation that carries so much power? […]

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Dear God: Do You Have a Minute?

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I realize this is the week we are technically supposed to be grateful. But continuing with the theme of yesterday’s vent, I thought I’d publish a letter I wrote to God awhile back. One way I pray to God is […]

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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Here is how God responded to my rant: I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than […]

What Doesn’t Kill You … Well, It Still Really Sucks

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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 […]

Thank God For That Failure

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Here’s an example of when I could recognize a divine hand in my life: One day last year, on our kitchen counter, buried underneath the old apple cores, brown bananas and three days worth of mail, lay an invitation from […]

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.: 5 Steps to Freeing Your Child (and Yourself) from Negative Thinking

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Following is the master plan to helping your child resist negative thinking that Dr. Tamar Chansky presents in her book “Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking.” However, her strategies are just as effective for adults. Used by permission of Da […]

8 Ways to Increase Hope

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Hope, like gratitude, doesn’t always happen on its own. Sometimes it needs a little coaxing. Naomi Drew, an expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking in schools and homes, does a wonderful job in this Beliefnet gallery of teaching some ways […]

Video: 5 Forms of Distorted Thinking

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A video including all the forms of my distorted thinking would be too big to store on You Tube. So I’ll present my top five: ways I torture myself upstairs. The good news? Then I can untwist the distortions and […]

10 Ways to Transform Toxic Thoughts

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In her book, “How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation,” Sandra Ingerman offers a few more tools you might implement in the all-consuming war against negativity. Here is a Beliefnet gallery based on her book. It begins […]

How to Stress Less Group

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My editor, Holly, (check out HER website) created the group “How to Stress Less” a year or so ago on Beliefnet Community. It has 1,000 members and is full of helpful discussions on how to manage stress. Here’s the official […]

Beliefnet Announces Nominees for Most Inspiring Person of the Year, 2008!

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We at Beliefnet are excited to announce ten nominees for the eighth annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year award. The nomination is a yearly recognition by Beliefnet readers and editors of noteworthy humanitarian actions that inspire and encourage us […]

Mindful Monday: Beware of Facebook

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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 […]

Check out my new website

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In addition to joining Facebook, I also built a website (with Eric’s help) because, well, I saw that all the other rats had them and I didn’t, so I thought I should have one. Here it is: www.thereseborchard.com. You can […]

Your Happiness Project: Imitate a Spiritual Master

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I can see why Gretchen Rubin’s blog and website are so popular. She translates abstract theories and philosophies into simple language, mines the biographies of spiritual masters for happiness tools, and is basically a user-friendly happiness manual in one stop. […]

Friday’s Question: Is Grief a Mental Disorder?

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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 […]

The Anatomy of Sorrow

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As part of his comment, Dr. Ron Pies provided the link to another of his articles, “The Anatomy of Sorrow: A Spiritual, Phenomenological, and Neurological Perspective,” which I found incredibly fascinating (of course, I’m obsessed with the brain and how […]

The Good News and Bad News About Being Highly Sensitive

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Continuing the conversation from yesterday about being highly sensitive … Here’s an excerpt from Aron’s book, which helps to lay out the pros and cons of a being a person who should stay away from Disney World and Toys-R-Us (as […]

Are You Highly Sensitive?

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In my video post I mentioned Elaine Aron’s book, “The Highly Sensitive Person.” I advise all depressives to read it, because most of you are going to be highly sensitive (which is not a bad thing at all). I was […]

Katherine Stone Named WebMD 2008 Health Hero

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Hail to my blogging buddy, Katherine Stone, who was just named WebMD 2008 Health Hero! Congrats Katherine!! Here’s what the say about her (you can read about all the recipients by clicking here): Mother Taps Into Her Own Experience to […]

Some Sobering Statistics On Veteran’s Day

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I had lined up a package about how pets can be helpful in relieving depression and anxiety, but I feel the need to write about all the veterans who suffer. I have two cousins in Iraq right now, and I […]

The Top 10 Mental Health Blogs

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Yours truly was picked by Blogs.com to compile a list of the Top 10 Mental Health Blogs. This was very difficult task, considering all I had to do was go to the Group Beyond Blue index and name all the […]

Psych Central’s Top 10 Bipolar Blogs (2008)

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Alas, if you still have more time on your hands after you’ve read all the blogs on my top 10 list and all the ones on my blog roll, you can check out the Top 10 Bipolar Blogs picked recently […]

My Interview with “America” Magazine

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Some of you remember my trip to New York City this summer when I was experiencing bad symptoms, but went anyway. One of the many reasons for the trip was an interview with “America” magazine, a reputable Catholic publication. They […]

Mindful Monday: Discipline, a System of Techniques

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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 […]

Spiritual Discipline: We Get a Helping Hand

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In case you’re thinking you’re not up for M. Scott Peck’s definition of discipline, here’s a consoling quote I pulled from Richard Foster’s book, “Celebration of Discipline“: When we despair of gaining inner transformation through human powers of will and […]

Friday’s Question: Should I Tell My Boss About My Mood Disorder?

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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 […]

Man Sues for “Bipolar Discrimination”

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Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus for finding this story about a guy with bipolar disorder getting $80,000 from his company on discrimination charges. Read the entire article on Canada.com by clicking here. I’ve excerpted from it below. An $80,000 judgment […]

Blame the Illness, Not the Patient

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One of the most hurtful comments made to me during the worst of my depression was this: “You must not want to get better.” I’m having a hard time forgiving the person who said that, even as I know she […]

Get Yourself A Thinking Doctor!

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One of the many reasons I very much respect my doctor, Milena Hruby Smith, is that she is extremely modest and humble. And while some patients are reassured by a doctor who delivers his assessment in an unequivocal, confident style […]

10 Healthy Autumn Recipes

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If you can’t eat the Halloween candy that is stored in cute pumpkin buckets on the top of your refrigerator begging to be consumed, then what can you eat?  Plenty of stuff! says Janice Taylor, Beliefnet’s Our Lady of Weight […]

Surviving Winter

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One of the better articles I’ve read about surviving winter is found at BustedHalo.com. Writer Nora Bradbury-Haehl penned a beautiful piece about her love-hate relationship with the cold months. As a spouse of a depressive, she gets it. She really […]

Mindful Monday: I Want To Be Perfect

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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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“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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