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December 2008 Archives

5 Tips to Make Your Resolutions Stick! On Psych Central

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My buddy John Grohol over at PsychCentral.com published my 5 tips to make your resolutions stick. You can visit them there, or review them here. I know what you’re thinking: another cheesy, goody-two-shoes article on how I can keep all […]

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Doxieman’s New Year’s Resolution: First Things First (i.e. Less Beyond Blue)

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I have been sort of dreading this day … when Beyond Blue reader Doxieman got a life and wouldn’t need Beyond Blue or Group Beyond Blue so much. Darn it. This means my page views will surely be down in […]

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Biggest Thrills of 2008

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1. The look on David’s face when he realized he had swallowed his first tooth. (We were eating corn on the cob.) 2. Katherine’s expression as we watched “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway in NYC, and listening to her tell […]

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John Grohol: Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last

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John’s 8 tips are good and practical, and might help you make it until, say, the first of February, at least! Good luck. Here are the first four, and then you can go over to his site to read the […]

What Our House Looks Like Tonight

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Nancy for this one!

Holiday Survival Thought #31

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New Year’s resolutions are made by type-A, overachieving, perfectionistic hypocrites. You don’t want to join their circles, do you?

The Myth of Holiday Suicide Rates

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My fellow Beliefnet blogger David Gibson has written an interesting post on the “myth” of holiday suicide rates based on a story by Jim Nichols of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Researchers have consistently debunked the old saw for at least 20 […]

Video: New Year’s Resolution, 2009

posted by Beyond Blue

Ah yes, that time of year again when we promise ourselves all kinds of things. I’m not going to fall into the same trap I did last year, of making three very detailed resolutions. Instead, I’m going to aspire to […]

Thomas Merton: Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace

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Here is the text by Thomas Merton that I am going to read every morning to remind myself to get out of the way: All the good that you will do will come not from you but from the fact […]

Professor Randy Pausch is Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of the Year!

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From the editors of Beliefnet … The 2008 Most Inspiring Person of the Year is Randy Pausch, the professor who, facing imminent death from pancreatic cancer, delivered a “last lecture” that inspired people to live every day to the fullest […]

The Last Lecture: 5 Evergreen Lessons

posted by Beyond Blue

I am republishing a post I wrote around the time of Pausch’s death. It seems like the closer one is to death, the more genuine one becomes. The more courageous one is to speak his truth, and nothing but the […]

Holiday Survival Thought #30

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Take note of the Christmas cards streaming in now. These are normal people (as long as their letters don’t exceed three pages) who you should invest time in.

Gretchen Rubin: 12 Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

posted by Beyond Blue

I also liked Gretchen Rubin’s tips on how to stick to your new year’s resolutions. Here they are. It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and that means it’s the season for resolutions. I’ve always been part of the 44% of Americans […]

Holiday Survival Thought #29

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Don’t even think of taking your tree down yet. We get to celebrate until the Feast of the Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas, when the wise men show up. On this day we will have an epiphany of how […]

Head of the House

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Barbara for this one. Fits perfectly with what I was trying to say in my prayer!

Dear God: The Holy and Not-So-Holy Family

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I am publishing this from my archives today because I’m taking the day off! Dear God, If Eric hears just one thing all year at Mass–from over 40 hours of Christian liturgy–it would be a clip from today’s readings (Colossians […]

The Annoying Holiday Letter

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I am publishing this from my archives today because I’m taking the day off! From “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: The Movement of Imperfection” by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian (visit their website by clicking here): Holiday greetings to […]

Santa Sings and Larry Dances

posted by Beyond Blue

If you all need a holiday laugh, here are two links especially for you! The first one (click here) is of Santa singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” with his reindeers as backup. The second one (click here) is […]

Extra Stockings

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Holiday Survival Thought #26

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You are less than a week from the beginning of a new year. Therefore practice every bad habit with gusto and participate freely in every obnoxious behavior of yours for the next six days.

Madeleine L’Engle on Christmas

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Was there a moment, known only to God, when all the stars held their breath, when the galaxies paused in their dance for a fraction of a second, and the Word, who had called it all into being, went with […]

Problems Are Relative

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Holiday Survival Thought #25

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Peace. Love. Joy. That’s what all this madness is really about.

The Wonder of Birth

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Holiday Survival Thought #24

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Most families are like snowflakes–unique and interesting, but at times cold and flaky.

Bake Yourself a Happy Holiday

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My editor Holly and I have something in common: we both love to bake and we both love to eat and share what we’ve baked. Here’s a few lessons on baking from an expert in the field. Warning: don’t view […]

Another Time

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Holiday Survival Thought #23

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Too much wine causes whine. Plus you’re more convincing when you’re sober.

Fourth Week of Advent

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Holiday Survival Thought #22

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Save your words for when you’re calm or have a nice sugar buzz going.

On the Winter Solstice: New Study Suggests Genetic Predisposition to SAD

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Happy winter solstice to all my Beyond Blue readers. I am celebrating by staring into my HappyLite! Here’s an interesting article about the possible genetic predisposition to SAD published by NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness: The holidays are a […]

Group Beyond Blue Hosts Cyber Christmas Party Tomorrow!

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For all of you around tomorrow doing last minute preparations for the Holidays, drop by the cyber holiday party hosted by Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community. Thanks to Group Beyond Blue member Plaidypus for putting it together!

Friday’s Question: How Can I Make My Spouse Understand My Bipolar?

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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 […]

Beyond Blue Named as Top Ten Depression Blog for 2008!

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Yah!!!!! This just in from PsychCentral, the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health network: Beyond Blue was voted among the top ten depression blogs. Read all the other picks in Sandra Kiume’s story by clicking here. This is what […]

Holiday Survival Thought #19

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Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and during the part where George is about to jump list the reasons why you couldn’t. Place that list in your “Self-Esteem File.” If you couldn’t think of anything, click here for Beliefnet’s “Find a […]

Beyond Blue Turns 2!

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Guess what I was doing two years ago today? Publishing my first Beyond Blue post! I want to take the opportunity to thank my dear Beyond Blue readers for all of your encouragement, inspiration, and support over the last 24 […]

A Short History of Beyond Blue

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In April 2006, one month out of the psych unit at Johns Hopkins hospital, I composed my first raw and candid piece about my depression, inspired by Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan who withdrew his candidacy for governor of Maryland […]

The First Blog Post: My Story So Far

posted by Beyond Blue

Although I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety from the moment I was induced from my mother’s womb, I officially joined the elite club in 1989, my freshman year at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, when I went by […]

Holiday Survival Thought #18

posted by Beyond Blue

Do unto others what you came up with when you were sober.

A Day to Celebrate Heroes and Angels

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A few days after my posts on the topic of bullying, Beyond Blue reader Barbara sent me an e-mail and asked if, in response to bullying, she might share a piece about her grandmother and how much she meant to […]

My Heroes

posted by Beyond Blue

One resolution I’m making this year is to surround myself with the people I most admire and respect. So first I had to list them and what they’ve taught me. All of the following people have endured their share of […]

Holiday Survival Thought #17

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Every time you water the tree do something nice for yourself: Stretch your necks muscles for ten minutes, take ten deep breaths, or eat ten small Kit-Kats.

Holiday Stress?!? Visit Group Beyond Blue!

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Thanks to Beliefnet editor Rebecca Phillips for featuring Group Beyond Blue on the homepage of Beliefnet Community. Our members are doing a fantastic job of covering just about every angle of holiday stress and depression. If you’re going nuts, and […]

Tis the Season to be Jolly … or Not: A Facebook Pal on Our Kind of People

posted by Beyond Blue

Last psychiatric visit, my doctor was not pleased upon hearing about my recent fascination or well, addiction, to Facebook. I got a B minus on my wellness report card. BUT one perk of Facebook is that I am discovering so […]

Holiday Survival Thought #16

posted by Beyond Blue

Don’t send a Christmas card to anyone you wouldn’t want to have over for dinner.

Pay Backs

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Mindful Monday: You Can’t Unlearn It

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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 […]

Video: Third Week of Advent

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Get Beyond Blue Sent to You Every Day!

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I don’t know how many people know this, but you guys don’t have to worry about clicking on the link to Beyond Blue everyday. It came come to you! By typing your e-mail into the box labeled “Subscribe” (where it […]

Holiday Survival Thought #15

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Be polite to anyone preparing your food (that includes spouses, siblings, and in-laws).

Humor for Difficult Situations

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Minette who asked this question on the combox of my post, “The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally”: “Do you have any suggestions on incorporating humor into each difficult situation?” I directed her to my […]

Video: There’s Something about Mary

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Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with me! (You don’t have to be Catholic.)

Holiday Survival Thought #12

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“Fun” spelled backward is NUF: No use fighting!

Holiday Survival Thought #11

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Feeling nervous, shaky, overwhelmed? Don’t attempt making a gingerbread house. I made 17 last year, and it nearly had me in the hospital again.

Holiday Survival Thought #10

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God spelled backward is dog, which might have something to do with the Son of God being born in an animal stable.

Group Beyond Blue is the Place for Holiday Support!

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We depressives hang together this time of year. Check out some of the insightful discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue if you’re having trouble forcing a smile. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group […]

Holiday Survival Thought #9

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Parents of young ones: This is PRIME bribing season. Take advantage of Santa’s wrath on bad children.

Mindful Monday: Mindfulness 101

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Video: Second Week of Advent

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Holiday Survival Thought #8

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For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, think about this: If God made a Savior without sex, think of what he can do with you!

Friday’s Question: What Are Some Happiness Boosters?

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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 […]

Gretchen’s Twelve Commandments

posted by Beyond Blue

One of the things that first impressed me about Gretchen’s blog was her Twelve Commandments: 1. Be Gretchen.  2. Let it go. 3. Act as I would feel. 4. Do it now. 5. Be polite and be fair. 6. Enjoy […]

Holiday Survival Thought #5

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“Bah, Humbug” spelled backward is “Gub, Muhhab,” which is Hebrew for “close your mouth during the holidays.”

Luthitarian: Some Cash Would Be Nice

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On the same discussion thread, “Dear God: A Little Venting” at Group Beyond Blue, member Luthitarian posted his letter (below), and then … God answered him! What a cool concept. God’s response is the post after this one. From Group […]

Luthitarian: How Would God Answer You?

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As I mentioned in my last post, on the discussion thread, “Dear God: A Little Venting,” Group Beyond Blue member Luthitarian posted his letter to God, and then wrote a poignant reflection on what God’s response would be. Other members […]

Holiday Survival Thought #4

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Aim to be more like the Easter Bunny, who doesn’t keep a naughty/nice list, and less like Santa, the judgmental guy in the red suit with high cholesterol.

Video: The Depressed Brain

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How do you think a depressed brain would look as compared to a non-depressed? I know you guys like visuals … so here’s my guess. To view the YouTube video, click here.To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and […]

Depression in the 21st Century: Enter Neurobiology

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The more I research and read about depression, the more questions I have about this brain disease, and the more I realize I don’t know. For example, it’s difficult to wrap my brain (no pun intended) around the “circuit-board” model […]

Holiday Survival Thought #3

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Make sure to stock your freezer full of dark chocolate: it’s better frozen and it makes a wonderful substitute for sex.

Dear God: A Little Venting

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A month or so ago, I posted my angry letter to God on a discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue called “Dear God: A Little Venting” (which you can get to by clicking here) and encouraged members to write their […]

Melzoom: Dear Easter Bunny, I Mean God

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From Group Beyond Blue member Mel: Dear God, This feels stupid because…well, if you’re God, you know why. I feel like I’m praying to the Easter Bunny. But, what the heck. I’ll give it a shot. And if you do […]

ML Walker: Dear God, Maybe Less Head Games?

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From Group Beyond Blue member, ML Walker: Dear God: I know that you don’t put more on us than we can handle, but could you maybe like me a little less this week? I am always looking to feel the […]

The Marirev: Waz sup, Lord?

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From Group Beyond Blue member, the Marirev: Waz sup Lord? Can you hang with me a minute or two? I know that this is more about including others in my questions to you because you know I don’t need a […]

Biglar: Why Did She Have to Die?

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From Group Beyond Blue member Biglar: Dear God, Why did my wife have to die? Thankyou for giving me a medical condition so that I could be on family medical leave and be paid at that time. I thank you […]

Holiday Survival Thought #2

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Delete from your address book all persons who have sent their Christmas cards before December 1st, write holiday letters more than three pages long, and/or have all their shopping done by Halloween. That’s just not right.

Mindful Monday: What Advent Means to a Depressive

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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 […]

Video: First Week of Advent

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Holiday Survival Thought #1

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Never take advice from a person who doesn’t enjoy dessert.

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