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Group Beyond Blue: Chronic Pain and Friendships

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Group Beyond Blue member Arianna started an interesting discussion thread called “Depression/Chronic Pain and Friendships.” She writes:  As we all suffer from depression, or some other MI, I’m wondering if anyone else has the same problem I am having. One […]

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Elvira Aletta: An Exercise to Build Self-Esteem

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The following is one of my favorite posts from Elvira’s fantastic blog, Explore What’s Next. Growing up how many times did you hear stuff like, “Who do you think you are?” or “Pride is a sin. Be humble.” It could […]

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Video: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Brain!

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Sharon Begley, author of “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain” explains how training your thoughts actually changes the hard matter of your brain. She writes, “Something as seemingly insubstantial as a thought can affect the very stuff of the brain, […]

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4 Things Healthy Older People Have in Common

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I’m, right now and right here, sitting on the peak of that so-called hill we always talk about. Things could go swell for another 40 years, at which time I’ll be buried by any remaining friends. Or they could blow […]

Gretchen Rubin: How Well Do You Know Yourself? Take the Happiness Quiz

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Fellow blogger Gretchen Rubin is always getting me to think about what I could be doing differently or slightly better to arrive at that happiness thing people are always talking about. She offers her readers a great happiness quiz on her […]

Phil Fox Rose: 7 Steps to Meditation

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Barbara Bowman who is always turning me on to new spiritual authors and thinkers. She and many other regular readers know that I am on a forever quest to meditate. But this article she lead […]

How Would the Dalai Lama Treat a Mood Disorder?

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I was delighted by this response to my post, “My Holistic Approach to Depression” by Beyond Blue reader Rick S.: I am a Buddhist and have meditated for 35 plus years. I teach meditation and teach Buddhist philosophy in the […]

Leo Babauta: 11 Ways to Be Mindful When You’re Busy

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I just found this wonderful article on mindfulness posted on zenhabits.net by Leo Babauta. He gives us 11 ways we can be mindful. 1. Do one thing at a time. Single-task, don’t multi-task. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. […]

Mindful Monday: Don’t Let Fear Motivate You

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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 […]

Do Antidepressants Dull Emotions?An Interview with Ron Pies, M.D.

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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 […]

Ron Pies, M.D.: Having Problems Means Being Alive

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Awhile back I ran an article that psychiatrist Ron Pies penned for The New York Times on grief and mental disorders and posted his article on Psych Central on the same topic. I find Dr. Pies to be a compassionate […]

Psychiatric Times: The Couch In Crisis

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Dr. Ron Pies has a blog of his own on the Psychiatric Times website. It’s called “The Couch in Crisis.” I took a peak today and really enjoyed his posts, especially the one titled “The McDonaldization of Psychiatry: Psychiatric Knowledge […]

Actress Kirstie Alley on MOTHERS Act

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Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress has written an interesting article about Kirstie Alley’s statements on Twitter: “The goal is to pre-screen pregnant mothers for depression. If they fit the bill, it is mandated treatment which is drugs. And for her […]

Recession Anxiety: 8 Tips To Manage Financial Stress

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I’m reposting this piece on recession anxiety since I will be discussing it on ABC News Radio with Host/Correspondent Richard H. Davies. The show is called “Hey! It’s Your Money!” “It’s Gone!” Just kidding. (The last sentence.) Like most dinner […]

Why Antidepressants Do Live Up to the Hype: I See a Cup Half Full

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I always get a little irritated with articles like the one just published in Time magazine: “Why Antidepressants Don’t Live Up to the Hype” by John Cloud. Why? Because I know that somewhere out there is a person who is […]

To What Extent Can Buddhism Help with Depression?

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I read with curiosity Beliefnet’s new blog called “One City: A Buddhist Blog for Everyone,” in particularly the post titled “To What Extent Can Buddhism Help With Depression?” because was sort of waiting for the anti-med talk. But Denise Abatemarco […]

Mindful Monday: I Believe in Angels

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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 […]

5 Ways Churches Can Minister to Those with Mental Illness

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Awhile back Mark Brown of Brownblog asked me to write two blog posts: one about how you grow your faith as a person with a mental illness, which he published awhile back, and one about what churches can do to […]

How Facebook, Twitter, and Google Might Affect the Church

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Mark Brown of Brownblog posted a fascinating piece on how the digital revolution might affect the Church. He writes: What do we need to do to ready ourselves for the digital revolution?  First up, we need to recognize the utter […]

Group Beyond Blue: Church + Mental Illness

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Group Beyond Blue member Belleo started a wonderful discussion thread called “Church + Mental Illness.” Weigh in with your thoughts on how the church could do a better job of reaching out to those who suffer from mental illnesses.

Brownblog: Is Faith Good For Your Health?

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Many thanks to Mark Brown of Brownblog.com who is taking the topic of mental illness very seriously in his ministry to help the church be the anchor so many people need. He linked to my “8 Ways Faith Can Heal” […]

Survey Says: Spirituality and Faith Are Important to Recovery From Depression

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In April, blogger John McManamy posed this question to his readers: “How important is faith and spirituality in your recovery?” And he shared the results in a recent blog post that you can get to by clicking here. John writes: […]

The Dark Night and Clinical Depression

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What’s the difference between a dark night of the soul, as understood by the Spanish Carmelite mystic, St. John of the Cross, and clinical depression? It is a topic that has intrigued me for over 15 years because my senior […]

An Excerpt from “A Hell of Mercy” by Tim Farrington

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From A HELL OF MERCY by Tim Farrington. Copyright C 2009 by Tim Farrington. Reprinted by permission of HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Doubt as to whether you are in a dark night or “just depressed” is probably a […]

Can You Pray Your Way to Health? Some Experts Weigh In

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I was searching for health and prayer stories and stumbled upon this one from Beliefnet. If you want to learn more about the real statistics on prayer, click here for the full article. Here is an excerpt:   News stories, midmorning talk […]

The Bad Mom Club: Who’s In?

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It’s been three years since I published “The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World,” but the controversy over who is deemed a suitable mother and who’s not hasn’t change an iota.  A week or so […]

An Interview with Ayelet Waldman

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I found this interview with Ayelet Waldman on the amazon page of her book, “Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace.” Question: Why did you write this book? Ayelet Waldman: Do you want […]

Meet Catherine Connors, author of “Their Bad Mother”

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I guess Beliefnet has another bad mom onboard. I was happy to see that Catherine Connors has joined the flock of bloggers here on Beliefnet. I was especially moved by her recent post, “What Makes a Mother.” She writes:  For […]

Worry Not: I’ve Got Your Back

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Scripture is chock full of “chill out,” “hang tight,” “I got ya covered,” and “we’re cool” verses. Among them: I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. […]

12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy

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I have been told that envy is my least becoming quality. But what do you expect from a girl who grew up with three gorgeous sisters within three years of me? Cute junior-high boys used me to get to my […]

A Letter to New Moms

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Blogger Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress, will host the first annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health this Mother’s Day. This online event will feature 24 open letters to new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. Each […]

Amy Tiemann: Self-Care Tips for Mothers

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There is a spark within each of us–I call it our “mojo”–that makes us special as individuals as well as mothers. That spark may simmer down to an ember during demanding phases of parenting, but it is essential to stay […]

Not So Happy Mother’s Day: What If You’re Estranged From Your Mom? Or Kids?

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There’s an important conversation going down on the Not So Happy Mother’s Day discussion thread regarding motherhood and the not-so-happy picture. How do you celebrate Mother’s Day when you don’t speak to your mom? Or your kids don’t speak to you? […]

How Do Women Measure Self Worth?

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Fellow blogger Cheryl Saban penned an interesting post on The Huffington Post the other day on how women measure their self-worth. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately … as I’m trying to shift my self-worth from […]

Global Spirit: Forgiveness and Healing

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It’s funny. I was just writing about forgiveness and healing … remembering that quote from “The Tale of Despereaux”: “There is one emotion that is stronger than fear, and that is forgiveness,” and then I received this clip from Global […]

Video: Be a Friend to Yourself

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Have you ever compared the way you shout at yourself with the way you speak to a friend? My therapist reminds me of that dichotomy almost every session. So I’m trying very hard to catch myself, and be a little […]

Fresh Living: Befriending Who We Are

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Fresh Living blogger Valerie Reiss and I have been on the same wave length lately. Shortly after I taped my video on befriending ourselves, I found her blog post on the same topic. Valerie quotes Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron about […]

Henri Nouwen: Avoid All Forms of Self-Rejection

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I hope you all aren’t sick of Henri Nouwen. I realize I quote him, oh, every other day, but his writings capture so well the gunk in my heart. So here he is again today: You must avoid not only […]

Fr. Joe Girzone: God Is With You, God Is There

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I don’t know what I would do without my guardian angels — both Ann and Fr. Joe — and the other people that come into my life just at the right time to give me a message of hope. They […]

Nothing Happens In This World But By God

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I loved this passage in my morning meditational by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a French Jesuit: You will arrive at [peace] of mind without difficulty if you never lose sight of the great and consoling truth that nothing happens in this […]

Video: Escaping Depression

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This video was taped last summer, but its message is evergreen.There is a reason why most psych wards integrate occupational therapy (which I’ve come to call “recess”) into their programs. Believe it or not, painting that ugly bird house takes […]

Mindful Monday: Can You See Your Progress?

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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 […]

Group Beyond Blue: Can You See Your Progress?

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I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue where folks are chatting about their small and big victories. To join the discussion, click here or visit Group Beyond Blue by clicking here. I especially liked this contribution from John […]

Friday’s Question: How Do You Get Out of the Pot (Relieve Stress)?

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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 […]

Fresh Living: Are You Having Enough Fun?

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I love this Fresh Living post on where to begin to have some fun. Blogger Valerie Reiss gives you 50 suggestions! Go check them out. Here are a few:  1) Bounce on a trampoline 2) Watch 30 Rock on Hulu.com […]

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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
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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 ...

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