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February 2009 Archives

Video: On Creativity and Mood Disorders

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This video was taped the afternoon of Johns Hopkins’s Mood Disorders Symposium, right after I heard Kay Redfield Jamison speak on the topic of creativity and mood disorders. Given my tumultuous week at that time, I literally wept at parts […]

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Oops! Daylight Savings Next Weekend!

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Sorry. I’m getting a little anxious for the bell to ring. It’s next weekend, March 8, that Daylight Savings starts.

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An Interview with Dr. Val Jones of Better Health

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Some of you may remember when Dr. Val Jones of Revolution Health interviewed me for their site. Now I have the opportunity to return the favor as Dr. Val has just launched her own company, Better Health, a multimedia enterprise […]

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Dr. Val Interviewed by The Entrepreneurial MD

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To learn more about Dr. Val and Better Health, tune into a podcast interview by The Entrepreneurial MD by clicking here. Or click here for a summarized interview. Dr. Philippa Kennealy writes: Val Jones MD is one smart, energetic and […]

FDA Depressant for the Annoyingly Cheerful

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This Onion video is the best laugh I’ve had all day. Courtesy of John McManamy. Thanks, John, for the laugh. As always.FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

Antipsychiatry: Dumb and Dumber

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I loved John McManamy’s post today on the antipsychiatry folks. Because he addresses an issue I used to struggle with a lot … if my meds would kill my creativity. Now I know better … having read the wisdom of […]

38 and Distracted (ADHD)? Pick a Number

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A perfect piece to read on my 38th birthday: research explaining why I act the way I do! Who could ever ask for a better present than that? And not just any research. Studies from HARVARD, the smart place where […]

On Genistra: 9 Ways That Humor Heals

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Check out my post “9 Ways That Humor Heals” on this cool site called Genistra.com. They have everything over there. In case you forgot, here’s the first part. And you can go over there, if you want to read more. […]

Group Beyond Blue: New Community Platform Launches!

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Word from the community queen, Rebecca Phillips, that tomorrow is the day Bnet is launching the new community platform, which will be very cool and much more user friendly, triggering much fewer cuss words, etc. But as with all change, […]

Video: I’m Simplifying My Life This Lent (FOR REAL)

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How many times have I said that I’m going to simplify my life? Never mind, don’t answer that question. It is true that I have attempted this over and over again. Sometimes I’ve been successful, but then just like a […]

Abby Seixas: 6 Steps to Simplification

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Every week during Lent, I will focus on one of Abby’s Seixas’s six steps (in her book “Finding the Deep River Within”). As part of “Mindful Monday,” I will expand on one at the beginning of each week so that […]

Kevin Keough: Health Benefits of Crying

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Fellow blogger Kevin Keough also writes about the benefits of crying in this article postrd on Helium.com. He begins: Scientific research supports the accuracy of ancient folk wisdom that crying is good for our health. As far as we know, […]

Mindful Monday: The First Yes, the Moment of Conversion

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The publishing and public-speaking businesses are no different from other industries. No one wants to publish you until you get that first book, because Lord knows what you might write between the covers. No speaking agent is going to take […]

An Interview with Tim Farrington, author of “A Hell of Mercy”

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This week I have the honor of interviewing Tim Farrington, the acclaimed novelist of Lizzie’s War, “The California Book of the Dead,” “Blues for Hannah,” as well as the New York Times Notable Book of 2002, “The Monk Downstairs.” Guess […]

Feel the Fear, But Don’t Be a Moron

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This is a favorite post from my archives on facing your fears (with a little common sense). Speaking of irrational phobias and obsessions, I learned an important lesson the morning (last month) I was supposed to run the 22nd Annual […]

Prayer for Perfectionists

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I have been sent the prayer by St. Theresa, my patron saint, so many times. But reading it today, I realized it’s the perfect prayer for perfectionists. Here it is: May today there be peace within. May you trust God […]

Happy Birthday, Abe!

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On Presidents’ Day I like to celebrate the birthday of my mental health hero. On those mornings I wake up embarrassed that I have aired my dirty laundry to the world–i.e. confessed to whomever reads my blog–that I am, in […]

Lincoln’s Blueprint for Success

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The reason why Lincoln’s story inspires so many people comes down to hope, says Shenk, author of “Lincoln’s Melancholy.” In the Winter 2007 Issue of the John Hopkins Depression and Anxiety Bulletin, Shenk was interviewed about the incredibly thorough and […]

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway: 12 Ways to Find Your Soul Mate

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Like many of you, I spent a good part of my adult life longing–and looking–for my soul mate. There were two things that helped to eventually bring my beloved and me together: I never gave up my faith that he […]

Katherine Stone: ABC Television Should Be ASHAMED of “Private Practice” Postpartum Psychosis Treatment

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On Postpartum Progress today: First, let me sincerely apologize. I’m horrified that I encouraged you to watch what I thought would be a responsible storyline about postpartum depression on the ABC network television show “Private Practice”. Never again will I […]

Mea Culpa … on my obesity example

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I realize I have offended several readers with point 8 of my 12 Things I Learned in High School. I grabbed the obese example from my post on extramarital affairs, and because it was out of context, it looked as […]

On the Huffington Post: 8 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

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Wow. There are 97 comments on my post “8 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage” over at The Huffington Post. I just had to include the link because I love the image they selected to go with it. And, of course, […]

Dan’s Death Still Teaching Me Lessons: Live Simply

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I know it’s relationships week and all that, but I thought I’d publish a spontaneous post on my thoughts following the death of Dan a week and a half ago. I received an e-mail today from my former typing teacher […]

Fresh Living with Holly Lebowitz Rossi and Valerie Reiss!

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Yeah! Beliefnet now as a FRESH new blog called “Fresh Living” penned by no other than my wonderful editor Holly Lebowitz Rossi and Beliefnet’s Holistic Health Editor, Valerie Reiss. It’s a super fresh take on all kinds of holistic health […]

12 Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

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Bess Myerson once wrote that “to fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful,” especially if you are the one who wanted the relationship to last. But to stop loving isn’t an option. […]

Here It Is: You Complete Me

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Just to refresh your memory … here it is, the queasy moment:

You Think Work Sucks? Try This!

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Thanks to fellow blogger Susan Schechter for referring me to a hilarious four-second video. Because I’m still a technological moron, I can’t figure out how to embed it, so I’m going to send you all to her blog, “If You’re […]

John Grohol: Efficacy of Antidepressants

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Given the topic of our interview today, I thought I’d include a link over to John Grohol’s excellent article, “Efficacy of Antidepressants” where he analyzes the studies published last year that try to shake the efficacy and usefulness of modern […]

Edward Shorter: Before Prozac–The Troubled History of Mood Disorders

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I need to preface today’s interview by saying that I whole-heartedly support treatment of depression with the right pharmaceutical medication. For those readers who have just joined us, let me explain that I went through six doctors before I found […]

Podcast: Kevin Keough Interviews Dr. Edward Shorter

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Tune into this North Star Guardian podcast of Dr. Edward Shorter discussing his book, “Before Prozac” with my fellow blogger friend, Kevin Keough. To read more Beyond Blue, go to http://blog.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group […]

John Grohol: 7 Ways to Cope with a Layoff

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John Grohol, over at PsychCentral.com, has some good tips for the recently laid off. He’s right in saying that losing your job feels like having the wind knocked out of you. I think this is especially true for men, since […]

The Dog (and the Lady) Sing the Blues

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Thanks to fellow blogger Susan Schechter for letting me know that John McManamy and I have a little competition in our Bipolar Singing Blogger Smackdown. But this time we are up against a four-legger. No fair!

Touch the Robe: On Faith and Broken Hearts

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Today is one of those days that words fail me. My heart is stuck somewhere between grieving the wounds of my past–having been sucked back into a very dysfunctional place with my family of origin–yet knowing that every single second […]

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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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