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April 2009 Archives

On the Huffington Post: 12 Things I Learned in High School

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The Huffington Post recently published my post, “12 Things I Learned in High School.” To read the entire post and some interesting comments, click here. It begins …  Yikes. It’s time for my 20-year high-school reunion. I have the wrinkles […]

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One Life Saved, One Not

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Just when I think that Beyond Blue is just a bunch of yuppie whining, and the real problems of the world are found in the poverty-stricken corners of Somalia, not in the air-conditioned, spacious family rooms of middle- and upper-class […]

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Be Cool to the Pizza Dude and 8 More Rules to Live By

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Always go to the funeral is just one of many great rules to live by in NPR’s Collection of “This I Believe” Essays. Here are some of my other favorites: 1. Be Cool to the Pizza Dude Coolness to the […]

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Go to the Funeral: Do the Right Thing Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

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I went to a funeral service today. The sister of one of Eric’s best friends passed, and it was one of those things that was fell in the gray area: not totally obligatory, but would be appreciated. After assessing everything […]

Anne Naylor: 10 Tips For Being the Best You Can Be

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I enjoyed Anne Naylor’s “10 Tips for Being the Best You Can Be” on The Huffington Post. To get to the article, click here. Below are excerpts. What do Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and J K Rowling all have in […]

Mindful Monday: Loving Kindness … An Unexpected Lesson

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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 […]

Dare to Love … as a Child of God

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A friend of mine wrote the following meditation, and I was so touched by it because I have been trying to see myself lately as a loved child of God … as a flower in the hand of the creator […]

The Frog in the Pot: How Stress Creeps Up on Us

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Mental-health blogger and psychologist Elvira Aletta of Psych Central writes: Did you know that if you boil a pot of water and throw in a live frog that that frog will hop right out, saving his life to croak again […]

12 Yoga Poses for Your Workday

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If you want to bring down the temperature in that pot of yours BEFORE YOU BOIL, I urge you to read Liz Owen’s great gallery, “12 Yoga Poses for Your Workday.” Liz writes: Have you always wanted to try yoga, […]

Friday’s Question: What Are Your Health Secrets?

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I know I usually devote Fridays to interviews with experts and other mental-health bloggers or try to answer a specific question of yours, but I thought I’d switch seats and be interviewed for a change. Fresh Living bloggers Holly Lebowitz […]

Dare to Be a Real Friend

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A friend of mine recently suggested that I ask God to personalize a meditation for me … to pick up either the Bible or some spiritual author and start flipping the pages until I feel my spirit move. This morning […]

Friends with (Sexual) Benefits: When Harry Met Sally?

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Can women and men just be friends? I don’t know. For the time being, I only befriend balding men over the age of 65. Oh, and gay priests. John Grohol over at Psych Central recently did some research on the topic […]

Urgent Versus Important: Time Management

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This was really an epiphany for me: that URGENT doesn’t necessarily mean IMPORTANT. In “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People,” Stephen Covey explains: The two factors that define an activity are URGENT and IMPORTANT. URGENT means it requires immediate […]

Hormones, Depression and the Endocrine System

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Most research into the causes of depression focus on the limbic system: what the neurons and neurotransmitters inside that part of our brain of are to. However, more and more research is focusing on the endocrine system, and how our […]

The Truth About Pituitary Tumors

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I think many people make the mistake of blowing off the diagnosis of a pituitary tumor. I know that I did. The word “benign” is misleading. I strongly suggest those who have one to check out this overall explanation by […]

How to Celebrate Feel Better Day!

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Alas, I need something positive to say after those somewhat somber posts. So … I bring you a link to Holly and Valerie’s “How to Celebrate ‘Feel Better Day’!” They love acrostics, over there, at Fresh Living. And I like […]

Mindful Monday: Keep Holy the Sabbath

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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 […]

If You Keep Holy the Sabbath …

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According to the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the sabbath a delight, and the Lord’s holy day honorable; If […]

Menendez, Author of Legislation to Combat Postpartum Depression, Applauds Grassroots Show of Force on Blog Day

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Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act has broad support in Congress, needs public pressure to overcome procedural obstacles WASHINGTON – As bloggers around the country today advocate for passage of federal legislation to combat postpartum depression, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), […]

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

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It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You’re pretty sure none of your new-mom […]

Erika Krull: Motherhood and Depression

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The following post is one of the best that I’ve read regarding postpartum depression and other health conditions related to pregnancy and motherhood. You can get to it by clicking here. I have excerpted a few paragraphs. Gender expectations and […]

Bloggers Raise Awareness for The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act

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Today, April 20, bloggers and websites across the nation … including Beyond Blue … will be advocating for the passage of The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act by writng, blogging, and sending alerts asking their readers to: * Call your […]

Friday’s Question: Is Depression Really Less Common in Men Than in Women?

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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 […]

Christine Stapleton: This One Is For the Guys

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I loved this post on male depression by Psych Central’s new blogger Christine Stapleton. To get to her post click here. Here are some excerpts. Symptoms of depression in men often include violent or abusive behavior; inappropriate rage; escapist behavior, […]

Do You Have a Mental Health Toolbox and W.R.A.P.??

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Group Beyond Blue Co-Chair, Melzoom, has started a thread about mental-health toolboxes and W.R.A.P.s (acronym for Wellness Action Recovery Plan, what she describes as a PIN number for an ATM). Join this important discussion to hear about what kinds of […]

An Apology to Physicians

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Thank you to a reader on the combox of my post, “You Really Hate Me?” who wrote: It might be worth considering that there are sensitive, hard working sincere, prone to depression, physicians who look to your blog for encouragement […]

Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Yoga Mat

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Beliefnet’s Alana Kornfeld has written an interesting article for Time Magazine on a burgeoning field called “yoga therapy.” To read the full article, click here. She writes: Talk. Share. Cry. Stretch? Psychotherapy has historically been an exercise of the mind, […]

Michael Leach: A Lesson in Compassion

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I do my fair share of whining and griping here on Beyond Blue about my New Age friends who don’t get my depression. Not at all. And how they can be incredibly condescending and hurtful with their comments about how […]

Group Beyond Blue: What’s Your Response?

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I recently told my therapist that I was going to come up with an automatic response to unintentional hurtful comments that come my way, so that I don’t have to absorb them and stew over them hours after the conversation […]

What’s Holding You Back From Full Recovery? Oh … People.

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I read with interest John McManamy’s post, “Blueprint for Recovery — YOU Are the Authority” for several reasons. First, because I’m learning that very lesson over and over and over again … not only with my mental health, now, but […]

8 Steps to Closure When a Friendship Ends: On Psych Central

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If you have a minute and are struggling with an awkward friendship, you should read some of the comments over at PyschCentral.com on my post, “8 Steps to Closure When a Friendship Ends.” Among them: This article came into my […]

Are Facebook Friends “Real” Friends?

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I couldn’t resist linking to this post by fellow blogger Kari Henley. You can read her post by clicking here. I’ve excerpted a few paragraphs: Psychologists Wendi Gardner and Marilynn Brewer studied the ways people describe themselves and believe when […]

You Really Hate Me? On Taking Criticism (Real or Imaginary)

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I guess we depressives are a tad sensitive. On the combox of my post, “Brain Changes After Depression,” many readers confessed that they take criticism the same way I do–as a life sentence–and appreciated the scientific explanation as to why […]

Gretchen Rubin: 8 Ways to Make Yourself More Likeable

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Me? I’m trying to get away from all this people-pleasing. I think it’s making me sick. However, being likable, or at least having many close relationships, also contributes to success and happiness, says fellow blogger Gretchen Rubin. And she gives […]

You’re So Not Alone: Mean People Are Everywhere!

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I hate to admit this, but I was somewhat consoled by Mary Elizabeth William’s blog on unfriendly reader feedback. She has her haters, too! And she interviews about a dozen memoir writers about their hate mail. In her post, called […]

For Criticism: S.E.L.F.–No Trespassing!

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You may all remember this video from awhile back. I thought I’d republish it today because its visualization about the doors into your conscious self is another great way of processing harmful words that tend to get the snowball of […]

Depression: Medicate, Meditate, or Both?

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader, Ellen, who wrote this on the combox to my post “If Your Depression Is Triggered By Stress, Should It Be Treated With Medication?”: Surely if a depression is caused by stress, the first step should […]

Dear God: Thank You for Easter

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Dear God, This is just a small thank you for coming through on your promises–especially the one assuring those who “weep and mourn” (a.k.a. depressives) that they will one day smile and laugh. (That’s your third Beatitude, right?) I remembered […]

Fox & Friends: Celebrating Easter Every Day

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Last year this time, I appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about how a person can celebrate Easter every day. But my mind wasn’t on the resurrection of Jesus. I was worried the puppy they sat in my lap […]

On the Huffington Post: 12 Depression Busters

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I was thrilled to see my 12 Depression Busters featured as the lead on the Huffington Post’s Living section (until they changed to “6 Things You Didn’t Know About Passover,” which is also a great read. Anyway, if you’re feeling […]

John McManamy: Play, People, Play!

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Awhile back, fellow blogger John McManamy and I were talking about the dull process of becoming an adult, and how important it is to retain our playful spirits, especially if you’re battling a mood disorder. Well, he certainly took my […]

Let’s Talk Phobias

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi has written two great posts on phobias which made me think of that piece I wrote awhile back, “Feel the Fear But Don’t Be a Moron,” when the Bay Bridge run was cancelled, thank […]

How to Pray When Depressed

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I often refer to this gallery of ways you can pray when you’re depressed written by Kathryn J. Hermes, F.S.P. I’m glad she gives us 10 spiritual techniques because my prayer method changes daily when I’m going through a cycle. […]

Sign the Petition for MOTHERS Act!

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As I mentioned in my earlier blog, the best thing to do get the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act–which would increase funding, education, and research for postpartum depression–is 1) to sign the petition by e-mailing Susan Stone at Susanstonelcsw@aol.com, and […]

Be the Change You Want in This World

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While we are on the topic of mental health advocacy, I wanted to share the meaningful e-mail I received from Randy, the compassionate guy who made a video of my “dream,” described on the post, “I, Too, Have a Dream.” […]

Katherine Stone on the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act

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My fellow blogger, Katherine Stone, at Postpartum Progress writes a powerful plea of action to us–yes, you and me, even those of you who haven’t experienced depression or any mood disorder–to help prevent our world from more child abuse, suicide, […]

Video: Good Boundaries, Bad Boundaries

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Since I’m talking a lot about boundaries lately, I thought I’d republish the one I taped last summer where I describe an exercise I learned in the psych ward (how to visualize your boundaries) and give you an example of […]

Real Simple: Learn How to Say No

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Real Simple has a good, practical article on how to say “no.” Not that I intend to follow any of the advice. But Duke Robinson, author of “Too Nice for Your Own Good” lays out a few awkward situations, and […]

John Grohol: 5 Tips for Dealing with Guilt

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I’m a natural at guilt, especially during Lent. Come on! This is my time of year! An invitation to wallow on absolutely everything I’m failing at. Thus, anytime (and especially during Lent!) I can get some help on tackling this […]

Mindful Monday: Do Something You Love

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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 […]

Feeling Unappreciated? Give Yourself a Gold Star!

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I loved Gretchen Rubin’s post on how to get yourself some of them gold stars you’re always looking for. She offers five great tips. I’ll give you the first two, and then go check out her post on the Huffington […]

Group Beyond Blue: Inner Boundaries

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Group Beyond Blue co-moderator Mel started a great group thread on “inner boundaries,” like the ones I talked about last week with regard to mindfulness. To get to that thread, click here.

If Your Depression Is Triggered by Stress, Should It Be Treated With Medication?

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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 […]

One Way to De-Stress: Laughing Yoga

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I think laughing yoga would be the kind that I just might stick with. As I wrote in my post “9 Ways Humor Heals,” laughter does lead to better health. “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” blogger Elisha Goldstein introduces his readers to […]

Brain Changes After Depression

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Here’s a piece of news that makes me feel relieved and apprehensive at the same time (a typical bipolar response, right?). According to Rick Nauert, Senior News Editor for Pysch Central: A new study finds formerly depressed women show patterns […]

Join How to Stress Less Group

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi (my editor) runs a wonderful group called “How to Stress Less.” I used to visit quite often, and then I, well, I guess I got too stressed out for it? Maybe I should revisit. […]

The Courage to Change the Things You Can: On Becoming Your Own Best Advocate

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If you think about it, the Wizard of Oz is really about the Serenity Prayer. The tin man wants a heart to be able to love the things he can’t change; the lion, some courage to change the things he […]

Prayers for Guardian Angel Ann, Please

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Please keep my guardian angel Ann in your prayers. Doctors have just found a lump on her lung, which tested positive for cancer. Surgery and treatment depend on if it has spread to the lymph nodes.

Your Favorite April Fool’s Day Jokes

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When John Grohol of Psych Central e-mailed me yesterday to ask me if I had any favorite jokes for April Fool’s, well, I told him about the sick joke that my dad played on me and my sisters every year. […]

The Only Antidepressant That Works …

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Man,we mental health bloggers know how to spice up an April Fool’s day. Go check out Susan Schechter’s “If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going” for a surprise. Beginning with … It’s official. Word is breaking on the AP and […]

98% Of Babies Manic-Depressive

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From “The Onion,” American’s Finest News Source: NEW YORK–A new study published in The Journal Of Pediatric Medicine found that a shocking 98 percent of all infants suffer from bipolar disorder. “The majority of our subjects, regardless of size, sex, […]

And the 2009 Darwin Award Goes To ….

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This is from John McManamy. You have to check out his April Fool’s Day specials, as he has got this humor thing down perfectly! The Darwin Awards Committee has announced that its top prize for 2009 goes to prominent antipsychiatry […]

How Laughter Keeps Us Sane

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I loved this article in the Times Online by A.C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. You can get to the original article by clicking here. When other animals draw back their lips to show their teeth […]

Landmark National Gorilla Suit Day Study Yields Breakthrough Insights into Human Behavior

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A Knowledge is Necessity/Beyond Blue Exclusive The research community is abuzz with reports of a series of studies that are scheduled to appear in Nature, the journal that published Watson and Crick’s landmark DNA findings in 1953. Scientists are unanimous […]

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