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June 2009 Archives

Depression Happens to Successful People

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One of the myths surrounding mental illness is that it escapes successful people … that the poor, weak, and ambition-free folks are the ones waiting for their prescriptions at Rite-Aid. I know better. Because I’ve seen so many of my […]

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A Dad’s Experience with Depression

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Rhonda Rowland’s father, Gary, discusses his depression in a piece that I know will inspire many of my male readers. You can get to it by clicking here. I have excerpted a few paragraphs below.   It’s been 7 years […]

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Fatherhood Among Reasons Men Seek Treatment from Depression

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Just as I read Rhonda Rowland’s blog post about her father seeking help for depression, I received an e-mail from Molly McVoy, M.D. who works with the American Psychiatric Association about a Father’s Day survey on depression. According to the […]

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Mindful Monday: Boredom Can Be a Door to New Growth

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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 […]

12 Steps to Recover from Any Addiction

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I enjoyed the Beliefnet gallery written by Darren Littlejohn, a recovering addict and author of “The 12 Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction.” I’ll excerpt the first few steps, and then you can find the rest by clicking here.  […]

How Does a Person Live and Cope with a Dysfunctional Family? An Interview with Nancy Bachrach

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Today’s interview is somewhat untraditional, but I think you’ll enjoy it. After I read the hilarious anecdotes in Nancy Bachrach’s newly released memoir, “The Center of the Universe,” I knew I had to dig a little more on how, exactly, […]

The Center of the Universe: An Excerpt

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The following is an excerpt from “The Center of the Universe: A Memoir” by Nancy Bachrach. Used with permission of Random House.  In the ancient forest on the Right Bank of Paris lies a jewel-like island where Napoleon, just back […]

How Optimism Software Works

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Optimism Software is broken into several sections, which help you to track various aspects of your recovery. For example, in the “Stay Well Strategies” section, you can list the things that you know, or suspect, are beneficial to your health. […]

Live Happy iPhone Application

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After trying out James Bishop’s Optimism Software, I became intrigued by this new wave of technology tools to help us with sanity. So it was with great interest that I looked at the new Live Happy iPhone application based on […]

But What If You Have No Faith?

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I was touched by this comment on the combox of my post “5 Ways Churches Can Minister to Those with Mental Illness” by Beyond Blue reader Vincent Zimmerman: Therese, I sometimes think I must be the only person diagnosed with […]

Depression: There’s a Person Underneath the Illness

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I think one of the most consoling things a fellow manic depressive ever told me was that I (the person known as Therese) never disappeared during my severe depression. It felt like I did, of course. Because I could barely […]

Mindful Monday: On Marriage

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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 Steps to Having More Fun: An Interview with John McManamy

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Today I have the delight of interviewing fellow blogger, John McManamy. He is an award-winning mental health journalist and author of “Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You … That You Need to Know” […]

5 Secrets to a Successful Long-Term Relationship or Marriage

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Titles like this usually make me cringe. Because I’m waiting to hear some easy solution to all the complications that arise in almost any long-term relationship. But this piece by John Grohol of Psych Central I found to be solid, […]

John McManamy: Play Is Crucial to Good Mental Health

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I have really enjoyed John McManamy’s recent articles on play, and how it is absolutely crucial that we have some fun. So I invited him to elaborate a little here on that point. Hi, Therese. Many thanks for having me […]

Operating Instructions: This Is How You Play

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For readers like myself that still have a hard time envisioning what play really is, here’s a great example.To get to the YouTube video, click here.You’ll find John McManamy playing the didgeridoo. And if you don’t know what I’m talking […]

Group Beyond Blue: Not So Happy Father’s Day

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On Mother’s Day, Group Beyond Blue moderator Mel started a discussion thread for folks who have strained or distanced relationships with their moms or children. And for Father’s Day, she’s done the same. You can get to the Group Beyond […]

Video: Mini-Me–Enough of Your Crap!

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You may want to rent the movie “Austin Powers” before you watch my video on mini-me. You’ll appreciate my logic a tad more. But even if you haven’t watched the flick marketed toward adolescents or anyone with an adolescent sense […]

5 Steps to Find the Real You: An Interview with David Borchard, Ed.D. NCC

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My interview today is with David Borchard, Ed.D. NCC, a licensed professional counselor career management consultant with 30 years of experience helping adults identify their passions and develop a vision for the next phase of their lives. He specializes in […]

How the Right Career Can Contribute to Mental Health

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I also asked David Borchard, licensed career counselor and consultant (and my father-in-law), this question: How can finding your passion, either as a new career or a pastime, contribute to better mental health? Here’s what he said: The human mind […]

Five Steps to a Life Mission Statement: An Interview with Anne Naylor

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Anne Naylor. A consultant in personal motivation since 1982, Anne has written three personal development books: Superlife, Superlove, and Superyou. She specializes in consulting for individuals in transition or those wishing to improve […]

Mindful Monday: On Outsmarting Evil

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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 […]

Frank Bucher: The Cone of Life … Don’t Leave!

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Beyond Blue reader Frank Bucher sent me a touching email after he watched my video about Henri Nouwen and the Spiritual Life. I thought his interpretation of my cone was right on, and I wanted to share it with you […]

Henri Nouwen: Open Yourself to the First Love

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The following is one of my favorite meditations in Henri Nouwen’s “The Inner Voice of Love.” The love that came to you in particular, concrete human friendships and that awakened your dormant desire to be completely and unconditionally loved was […]

John Grohol: Why Would You Lie to Your Therapist?

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I was just talking about this very topic to a friend: the counseling version of “Truth or Dare.” He said to me, “Sometimes I’m not always that straight forward with my therapist … Some days I just don’t have it […]

OCD: What Does a Neighbor Do?

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I enjoyed this post from fellow Beliefnet blogger Hillary Fields about whether or not to impose when someone has, well, peculiar behaviors. In her post, “Good Neighbors: Respect Privacy, or Leap In to Lend a Hand,” Hillary writes: My neighbor […]

Do You Believe in Angels? A Lively Conversation on The Huffington Post

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I am a bit surprised by the response on my post, “Do You Believe In Angels?” at the Huffington Post. I went back and forth on whether or not to post such a religious topic on a secular site, but […]

Barbara’s Angel Story

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Awhile back, I included a Beliefnet interview with Joan Wester Anderson as a second post after my video on guardian angels. On the message board of that interview, Beyond Blue reader Barbara shared this story: I don’t know why things […]

Group Beyond Blue: Do You Believe In Guardian Angels?

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I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue called “Do You Believe In Guardian Angels?” To open the discussion, I write this: On my blog I discuss a book called “Angels In My Hair” by an Irish mystic who […]

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hard by Recession

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Many thanks to Molly McVoy, M.D. of the American Psychiatric Association who forwarded me a new survey recently released by the American Psychiatric Association regarding the negative affect of the economy on women’s mental health. You can read the survey […]

6 Steps to Manage Your Time Better: An Interview with Russell Bishop

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Russell Bishop, currently Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post and founder of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company. Russell is the author of numerous articles on the power of choice and awareness, […]

Video: Time Management (A Review Course)

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I thought I’d review Stephen Covey’s four-quadrant model of time management, the one he explains in “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” Maybe this time it will stick for me! To view my YouTube video, click here. To read […]

Russell Bishop: Overwhelm and the Corporate Arsonist

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The following post is a great summary of my interview with Russell Bishop. Here he further explains the difference between important and urgent, and how not to burnout. To get to his original post, click here. If you are lucky […]

Mindful Monday: Turning Guilt Into Good

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The most powerful line in the Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” is this: “And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.” My regrets are different from the narrator of “The Kite Runner.” […]

Group Beyond Blue: Turning Guilt Into Good

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I’ve started a discussion group at Group Beyond Blue called “Turning Guilt Into Good” where folks are sharing stories of times they did just that. To visit our discussion, click here. To read more Beyond Blue, go to http://blog.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and […]

The Return of the Prodigal Son

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In “Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son,” Henri Nouwen writes, “The following story from Luke 15:11-32 provides the complete backdrop to my own story. Find a quiet, comfortable space, put aside preoccupations, and trust as […]

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych Meds

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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 […]

How Do You Find Your Ideal Weight?

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I found this helpful blog post from “Health.com” by Dorothy Foltz-Gray and Beth Dreher on finding your ideal weight. Here are the first two steps:  1. What’s your BMI? How tall you are, obviously, has a lot to do with […]

Why Can’t We Stop Eating?

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Huffington Post Blogger Louise McCready recently interviewed Dr. David Kessler, author of “The End of Overeating.” The Q & A was fascinating. Here are a few excerpts: LM: This book started while watching an Oprah episode. Prior to that, had […]

Fresh Living: Clean Food for Stressful Times

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I loved Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi’s post on “Clean Food for Stressful Times” because she is SO right about the relationship between stress and poor eating. Check out her insightful post by clicking here. I’ve excerpted her 4 […]

Vitamin D and Mental Health

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It was with interest that I read Dr. Soram Khalsa’s post on The Huffington Post about the Vitamin D epidemic in this country today. The medical doctor writes this:  As a board certified internist, I have chosen, for the last […]

Chocolate and Mood Disorders

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I can’t pass up an opportunity to tell you about the mental health benefits of dark chocolate. Are you kidding me? That would be like skipping the article that says the messier the desk, the more balanced you are and […]

The Healing Power of Tea

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi, compiled a beautiful gallery on the healing power of tea. She did a good job of convincing me to try to the stuff. And as a coffee addict, that was a difficult task. To […]

Group Beyond Blue: On Living the Spiritual Life

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At Group Beyond Blue, several members have shared their journal entries on our community platform. I was very moved by this reflection by Group Beyond Blue member Mali66. she writes:  I am at a precipice at this particular moment in […]

Group Beyond Blue: Take Baby Steps

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I was also moved by Group Beyond Blue member Safehaven’s response to Mali66’s journal entry. Safehaven writes:  Dear One,  Trying to “take in” the whole picture can be very frightening.  I know from experience.  You feel as though the weight […]

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy: Know Your ABCs

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Managing a mood disorder is a little like searching for the word zygodactylous in word puzzle. My technique? I find all the Zs and then I look at all the letters surrounding those Zs, which is sort of the same […]

Gretchen Rubin: Stay Connected to Your Past

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Fellow blogger Gretchen Rubin wrote an interesting post the other day on the significance of staying connected to co-workers, friends, and (pets?) from your past … they’ll help you stay happy. You can catch her blog on the Huffington Post. […]

Mindful Monday: Remain In God and … Well, Just Remain In Him

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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 […]

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