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January 2009 Archives

Christina Gombar: An Interview About Childless Women and Infertility

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It’s amazing how the right topics come to me … as if delivered by the Holy Spirit (or a really networked friend, i.e. Priscilla Warner) because I have been wanting to discuss the subject of fertility and depression for some […]

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Group Beyond Blue: A Discuss Thread Devoted to Infertility and Chronic Illness

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Beyond Blue Group Co-Chair Mel started an important discussion thread called “Oh Baby!” at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet Community. Click here to get to the thread.

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Susan Schechter: A New Hollowness in my Soul

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I just received the kindest note from Beyond Blue reader Caroline who said that when she can’t sleep at night, sometimes she watches my videos … that I have a fierceness in my expression that gives her courage to fight. […]

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Pope Benedict XVI on Facebook

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Okay all you “loyal” readers and friends, which one of you ratted me out to the pope? Apparently he doesn’t approve of my “friend-collecting” habits on Facebook. I wonder if the Vatican set up a webcam on my desk. Of […]

A Catholic Approach to Internet Addiction

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Okay, let’s say there really IS something out there called Internet addiction. What does one do about it? Recently an old pal, upon seeing that I went from 50 Facebook friends to 500 in only two months (yah!) sent me […]

Dr. Elvira Aletta and the Self-Esteem Shout Out

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One of the things that I truly love about my job is that it puts me in touch with head doctors all over the world, and I get to speak to them without having to pay a lot of money! […]

Time Magazine: Is Facebook Our Friend or Foe?

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Let me utter my full disclosure upfront: I spend way too much time on the social networking site, Facebook, and there is a very real possibility that I’m addicted to it. In fact, I’m developing my own twelve-step program to […]

John Grohol: Internet Addiction Doesn’t Exist

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Yah! I’m off the hook! There is no such thing as Internet addiction says fellow mental-health blogger John Grohol, CEO of Psych Central. To get to the meat of his argument, click here. Here are some excerpts: What’s happening today […]

Bipolar Is Cool on Facebook!

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What happens when you search the word “bipolar” on Facebook? My profile shows up! Along with a detailed illustration of my family tree! Not really. Fellow blogger John McManamy did this the other night, and his results were surprising: more […]

New Research Supports Couples’ Claims of Undying Love

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I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is new research from Stony Brook University supporting marriages that stay passionate decades after a couple has uttered their vows. According to a McClatchy-Tribune article by Ridgely […]

Depression Almost Put Me In the Wrong Bed

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Beyond Blue reader Deborah recently submitted her story to me, and considering the popularity of the Emotional Affairs Support Group, I thought it might help a few readers, so here it is … Let me introduce myself by saying that […]

Mindful Monday: On Integrity and Your Word

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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 […]

Pope Benedict XVI on Sincerity and Choosing God

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I loved this passage by Pope Benedict XVI on what it means to live sincerely, and what it means to constantly choose goodness over evil: Sincerity is fundamental … People must feel that we are not saying words we ourselves […]

Jim Martin: Who Cares About the Saints?

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You all know that I’m a Saint-a-holic. I’m addicted to the saints because they make me feel as safe as vodka used to. Especially my patron saint, Therese of Lisieux. From a very early age, I have had a strong […]

Friday’s Question: What Is Your Dream?

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Given that we started this week with the celebration of Martin Luther King’s dream (and I added my own to that day), and witnessed an incredible piece of history–one that I’m having trouble articulating, because seeing the million-plus people at […]

Oh Happy Daaaaay by Lovey-Dovey

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This is a day I’ve dreamed about, hoped for and prayed about: Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States of America!!!! And judging from this morning’s news coverages, I’m not the only one who’s done this! As a […]

In Honor of Contributions of African Americans by Rather Be a Dolphin

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Yesterday, I spent a good amount of time writing down the words to a spiritual familiar to most Christians and many non-Christians–just by listening again and again to it, though my eyes serve better than my ears in such matters. […]

What (Psychologically) Makes a President Great?

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My friend John Grohol has written an excellent article on what attributes, psychologically speaking, best predict Presidential greatness. In his recent “World of Psychology” post, he writes: A researcher named Simonton did a study in 1981 that found the single […]

Rick Warren’s Inaugural Invocation

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I was very moved by the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren for Obama’s inauguration. I was glad to find it transcribed by CQ Transcriptions, and published by the Associated Press. Here it is … Let us pray.  Almighty God, our […]

Bipolar Singing Blogger Smackdown, Part 2!

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For those who missed the first episode of “American Idol” for bipolar bloggers, let me just say that I was prompted to do a singing sequel to “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” Unfortunately (for you) my voice has deteriorated […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: My Lyrics

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Prescriptions of Zoloft, Nortriptyline, and Lithium, Tablets of Clonipan, Valium, and Ativan, Omega-3 pills that are shipped right to me, These are a few of my favorite things. St. Therese medals and Serenity Prayer bracelets, A personal shield made with […]

The Competition Has Posted … The Bipolar Singing Blogger Smackdown, Part 2

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I need no introduction than to just let you visit, critique, and offer your judgement of our competition. Be kind, please. Those smileys take a lot of time to cut out.

On Inauguration Tuesday: Barack Obama’s Stance on Mental Health Parity

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For all of you readers who are curious to know what Barack Obama’s stance is on mental health parity, I did some digging and found this letter he wrote (okay someone from his office) to mental health blogger, Alicia Sparks. […]

Black Men and Suicide: The Case of Abraham Biggs

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I have long wanted to write about depression and the stigma felt in the African-American community. In both my inpatient and outpatient treatments, black women and men talked about the need to keep their mood disorder private. Newsweek magazine recently […]

I, Too, Have a Dream

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In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I won’t hold my breath every time I tell a person that I suffer from bipolar disorder, that I won’t feel shameful in confessing my mental […]

The Bipolar Singing Blogger Smackdown

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Golly, I never thought my singing video, “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas” would have competition. But apparently, it’s the “American Idol” of bipolar bloggers! I thought this video was a pretty funny response to mine. But just you wait, […]

Friday’s Question: Why a Self-Esteem File?

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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 […]

More on Borderline Personality Disorder

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Quite a few readers commented on the stories I posted Wednesday on Borderline Personality Disorder. John McManamy has a very informative, accessible article that you may want to check out if you or a loved one is diagnosed with BPD. […]

The Big Depression (or Elephant): The Recession, Faith, and Anxiety

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With the exception of Monday’s piece, I have been avoiding the topic of the economy for months because I didn’t want to add to the panic so many of us feel, which, in turn, contributes to the crisis: because we […]

10 Tips for the Suddenly Unemployed

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Jennifer Kushell, the President and Co-founder of Your Success Network and author of “Secrets of the Young & Successful: How to Get Everything You Want Without Waiting a Lifetime” has compiled 10 tips for the tens of thousands of people […]

Borderline Personality Disorder–Minds on the Edge

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I wanted to excerpt from Time magazine’s article, “Minds on The Edge,” about borderline personality disorder (BPD) because the diagnosis is on the rise and because so few people (myself included) understand it. Back when I was suicidal one doctor […]

Rethinking the Term, “Borderline”

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One of the best books out about borderline personality disorder is “The Siren’s Dance: My Marriage to a Borderline,” by Anthony Walker, a psychiatrist. The detailed descriptions of events will give you a strong appreciation for those persons who live […]

Ovidia: An Obsessive Need to be Loved–The Crux of the Matter

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Blogger friend Ovidia who writes “The Busy Time” just posted the following piece on her blog about the obsession to be loved by a certain someone. I wanted to post it, at least in part, because I’ve received such an […]

15 Ways to Stop Obsessing (the gallery)

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Some folks who read my “9 Way to Stop Obsessing” that was posted both on Psych Central and The Huffington Post, asked me: “Only 9?” Well, no. Actually, the original had 15 ways. Here is the cool gallery that Holly […]

Emotional Affairs Support Group

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I just started an “Emotional Affairs Support Group” on Beliefnet’s Community. I wanted it to become a safe place where those persons who have been involved or are currently involved in an emotional affair can support each other in making […]

Top 10 Comfort Movies

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Since we are having a discussion in Group Beyond Blue about which movies we hate the most, or which do a horrific job of portraying mental illness on the big screen, I thought I’d post Movie Mom’s fun gallery on […]

Mindful Monday: You Raise Me Up–The Economy and Faith

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Sometimes when you list sanity tips all day you forget you need them yourself. And often the people who blab on and on about trusting God are the very folks who need to follow that piece of advice. My foster […]

Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up

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I absolutely love the lyrics to this song! When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary; When troubles come and my heart burdened be; Then, I am still and wait here in the silence, Until you come and […]

The Miracle of the Green Plate

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Martha Williamson has an inspiring story for anyone who, like me, is starting to panic in these hard economic times. Click here to watch the video “The Miracle of the Green Plate” about surviving the worst economic times though God […]

9 Ways to Stop Obsessing: On Psych Central

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On Psych Central’s World of Psychology today! The French call Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder folie de doute, the doubting disease. That’s what obsessions are–a doubt caught in an endless loop of thoughts. But even those not diagnosed with OCD can struggle with […]

Willie Aames Spills to Star on Depression, Divorce, Suicide Attempt

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Beliefnet’s Esther Kustanowitz has written an interesting blog on actor Willie Aames, citing the interview with Star magazine about his depression and suicide attempt. If you’d like to read more, check out Esther’s blog by clicking here.

John McManamy: Living With Mental Illness

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Fellow blogger John McManamy has started another blog called “Knowledge Is Necessary.” I took a peak this morning and loved his recent post “Making Peace With Our Loved Ones.” John writes: At least half of the correspondence I get from […]

Friday’s Question: What Is Some Recommended Reading for Depression and Bipolar 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 […]

Resources for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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Following is a list of national nonprofit organizations that can help persons struggling with mood disorders and their families:   Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance?(DBSA) . An online alliance for those living with mood disorders.  Depression and Related Affective Disorders […]

Psychiatric Service Dogs

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Beyond Blue reader Susan Schechter wrote about psychiatric service dogs on her blog, “If you’re going through hell keep going,” which you can find by clicking here. She writes: I want to thank my dear friend Edge for bringing this to […]

My Dog Is Bipolar

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Growing up with schizophrenic cat (as diagnosed by the vet … with hair loss symptoms), I’ve always been sensitive to the mood disorders of pets. I confess that I don’t really take them seriously. I guess I should. But, come […]

Support Group for People with Therapy Dogs

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Group Beyond Blue member Melzoom has started a group for people with service dogs, therapy dogs, psychiatric service dogs, emotional assistance dogs, etc. Click here for the link.

Pet Prayers and Blessings

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Pets Are Like Family By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway & Rev. Victor Fuhrman Pets are as much a part of the family as human members. Whether a wedding or a memorial, a welcome for a new kitten, or a prayer […]

Marley & Me: Dogs and Depression

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With Jennifer Aniston’s new movie, “Marley & Me” in cinemas, I wanted to remind my readers that dogs and pets of all kind can absolutely help you heal and recover from depression. During the worst 18 months of my severe […]

Marley & Me: The Real Story

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Want to know the real story behind “Marley & Me”? This USA Today article from the bestselling author John Grogan is an interesting read. Sometimes amazing gifts come in small packages, and sometimes they come wrapped in soft white fur. […]

Stressed Out? Get a Pet

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Another great article by John Grohol of Psych Central is his research on how a pet can relieve stress. In his article that you can find by clicking here: Feeling stressed out? New research suggests the benefit of getting a […]

Mother of God: No Easy Job

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Fellow Beliefnet blogger David Gibson has written a beautiful post today about the celebration of the Epiphany and about Mary’s difficult role as the Mother of God. David writes: I can certainly testify to the enormous struggle to keep a […]

Henri Nouwen: Love Deeply

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One of my very favorite reflections from Henri Nouwen is “Love Deeply,” found in his book “The Inner Voice of Love.” This beautiful meditation reminds me to continue to love and to be vulnerable enough to receive love, even if […]

12 Winter Depression Busters for the First Monday of the New Year (i.e. Yuck Day)

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I think most people would agree with me that today is one of the LEAST favorite days of the year: the first Monday of the year when we are encouraged, okay required, to put on the tie again and head […]

Mindful Monday: Epiphany Sunday

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For the last two years, I have published on the Monday after Epiphany Sunday a summary of my own epiphany that I learned in the last 12 months. During the year of 2008, I learned one lesson over and over […]

Group Beyond Blue: What Do You Believe?

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I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue in Beliefnet Community about what your essay would be about. Feel free to weigh in here, or on that discussion board, which you can get to by clicking here.

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

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I am publishing this from my archives today because I’m taking the day off! Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Nancy for this laugh!!! New Year’s Resolutions for Pets 15. I will not eat other animals’ poop. 14. I will not […]

Holiday Therapy

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone

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Holiday Survival Thought #32

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(This is my last one!) Relax! You have 43 days until the next holiday, and it’s a lame one: Valentine’s Day.

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