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June 2009 Archives

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 […]

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Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

posted 10:37:13am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

How to Handle Negative People
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 the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

posted 10:32:10am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

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 is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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