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July 2009 Archives

10 Steps to Finding Your Way When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted: An Interview With Sherre Hirsch

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Last year when I read Sherre Hirsch’s book, “We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted,” I knew I wanted to interview her on Beyond Blue because I […]

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Recovery From Addiction and Depression: An Interview with Vivian Eisenecher

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recovery from addiction and depression, dual diagnosis

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Can the 12 Steps Help a Mood Disorder?

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I also asked Vivian if a person struggling with a mood disorder can benefit from the 12 steps in his or her recovery. This is what she said … I think the 12 steps can be used to recover from […]

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Trash Night: What About Sex?

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I published the following post on the Huffington Post two days ago. Judging by the 400-plus comments, I apparently hit a raw nerve. I only read two comments before feeling nauseous. And I didn’t go back because my friends who […]

Bring Passion Back Into Your Marriage: 7 Nights to Sexual Intimacy

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In “7 Nights to Sexual Intimacy,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach offers couples a weeklong program to “watch the slow burn of passion become a fireworks display.” To get to his gallery, click here. It begins … For many years, I have […]

Kate McLaughlin: 13 Ways You Can Support a Loved One with Mental Illness

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Thanks to James Bishop of FindingOptimism.com for finding this helpful post by mental health advocate Kate McLaughlin on ways you can support a loved one with a mental illness. To visit her insightful blog, click here.   1. Accept your […]

John Gallagher: I Went from Suicide to Surrender

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Nine years ago John Gallagher tried to kill himself–not once, but twice. Today, with God’s help, he is dedicating his life to helping others cope with depression and its impact on families. Here is his story. Read more at www.speakingaboutdepression.com. […]

Mindful Monday: Giving Childhood Baggage to God

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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 […]

Henri Nouwen on Living with the “Not Yet”

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The following passage is from Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Inner Voice of Love”: Try to keep your small, fearful self close to you. This is going to be a struggle, because you have to live for a while with the […]

Caregiver Stress Under Evaluation

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Rick Nauert, Senior News Editor of PsychCentral.com just wrote a piece about a new grant from the Institute on Aging that will study the effects of caregiving on family caregivers. Prior studies suggest that caring for an elderly family member […]

7 Ways to Prevent Burnout

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One of my favorite authors is Robert Wicks because, as a professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, he is constantly integrating spirituality with psychology, and offerings ways to prevent secondary stress, the pressures encountered by those who work […]

Questionnaire: What Is Your Prayer Profile?

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Robert Wicks includes an interesting questionnaire toward the back of his book, “Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life.” It is designed to help you gain perspective on how open, resent, and prayerful you are in your daily life; it […]

3 Ways We Can Control Our Moods

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Larry Drain of the Hopeworks Community blog wrote an excellent post on three things we can do about our moods: prevention, coping, learning. He writes “Moods are processes–not event. They have a coming and a going.” Like mindfulness specialist Elisha […]

The Drinking Diaries: Where Women Spill Their Drinking Stories

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Here is some more information on the blog, Drinking Diaries: Whether we are drinking it or not, alcohol remains a potent part of our lives. Our culture is saturated with it, steeped in it. We confront alcohol everywhere we go–from […]

Mindful Monday: Loving the Stranger Who Is 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 […]

Henri Nouwen: Stay with Your Pain

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When you experience the deep pain of loneliness, it is understandable that your thoughts go out to the person who was able to take that loneliness way, even if only for a moment. When you feel a huge absence that […]

Optimism Software: Technology Meets Self-Help

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Ever since I was discharged from the inpatient psychiatric program at Johns Hopkins, I have kept a mood journal where I daily record the amount of hours I sleep, my mood (rating it a fantastic and serene no. 1 to […]

4 Ways to Get Past Cold Feet (or Any Kind of Anxiety)

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote a helpful post on how to get past cold feet or any second-guessing for that matter. She writes:   I have a theory about why moving inherently involves a cold-feet stage. Here […]

The Secret Is Not to Care

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I’m speculating here but I think that we freak out less about decisions–big and small–when we get to a point in our lives when we simply care less about things. That’s what Gretchen Rubin recently wrote in a wonderful post […]

8 Tools for Happiness: Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project Toolbox

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As a manic-depressive, I have a box of tools that I use to help me stay on the path of recovery and get as far away as possible from the black hole of despair. However, they are not all that […]

11 Tips for Dealing with Criticism

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Awhile back I wrote a piece called “You Really Hate Me? On Taking Criticism,” where I laid out some brain research that explains why we depressives are so sensitive and have such a hard time with insults or even constructive […]

Twitter … I Caved In

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Alright so I may have said somewhere back that I was never going to do twitter, but, well, I caved in. So far I think I have five people following me: my husband, my kids, my mother, and my sister. […]

An Open Letter to Time Magazine About Postpartum Depression

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I admire my friend and fellow blogger Katherine Stone for being such a warrior in the fight to understand postpartum depression. Whenever controversy surfaces in the media, my first inclination is to run and hide, whereas hers is to get […]

Happy Thoughts Could Make You Sad

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(Image: Getty Images) You know how I’ve been telling you all to head to the mirror and say to the gorgeous creature staring back at you: “I’m good enough, I’m strong enough, Gosh darn it, people like me!” Yah, well, […]

Why Thought Suppression is Counter-Productive

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(Image credits: kaneda99) You know how you try to push out a rude, intrusive thought as you sit down to work or do the laundry, or read a book to your kids? Yeah, well try not to do that. On […]

Mindful Monday: Mary or Martha … Who Has the Better Part?

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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 […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness Practice

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has a lovely quote on practicing mindfulness: In his book, “Wherever […]

Mel: 10 Things I Learn From My Dog, Ollie

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I loved this blog post by Beyond Blue reader Mel about what she learns from her dog, Ollie. I thought I’d give you 7 of her items and make you check out her blog to get the last three. Mel […]

Scott Adams on the Benefits of Pet Ownership

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Thanks to James Bishop of FindingOptimism.com, I found this great piece on Dilbert.com by Scott Adams about why dogs benefit a person’s health more than cats. He’s got some interesting hypotheses … one of which is that you have to […]

9 Favorite Scripture Verses

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On my post “6 Favorite Prayers,” Beyond Blue reader June wrote: “Thank you so much for these!?Will there be a sequel?” Here my sequel! 9 of my favorite scripture verses … Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything There is a […]

Larry Parker: Faith Is a Comfort to Me

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I’ve missed Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker’s wise and insightful comments on Beyond Blue. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until he wrote this in response to Vincent on the combox of my post, “What If You Have […]

Gretchen Rubin: Enjoy the Fun of Failure

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Yet another way of silencing the inner critic and perfectionist is trying not only to cope with failure, but to ENJOY it! Gretchen Rubin explains in her blog, “Enjoy the Fun of Failure. At Least Try” that two of her […]

Ryan Howes: Shouldn’t Psychotherapy Make Me Feel Good?

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Ryan Howes pens a very important post in his “Psychology Today” blog, “Shouldn’t Psychotherapy Make Me Feel Good?” Because I’ve often walked away from therapy with a horrible knot in my stomach that I didn’t have prior to sitting down […]

10 Tips for Ending Psychotherapy

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This post doesn’t relate to me, of course. Because every time I have ended my therapy sessions, it seems like it’s time to restart. Maybe one day I will finally graduate….. God I hope so.  But I think this topic […]

4 Steps to Mindfulness

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I’ve been pursuing a better understanding mindfulness–and trying to practice it–for a good six months now. In the last few weeks, though, I think I’ve made some progress due to a CD I’ve been listening to by Dr. Elisha Goldstein […]

Love After Love: A Poem About Mindfulness

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At the end of track 3, of Elisha Goldstein’s CD, “Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression,” he recites this moving poem by Derek Walcot. Each time I hear it, I get a little closer to self-acceptance. And ironically enough, […]

Sonja Lyubomirsky: 8 Steps Toward a More Satisfying Life

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Happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky suggests these 8 steps to a more satisfying life.  1. Count your blessings. One way to do this is with a “gratitude journal” in which you write down 3 to 5 things for which you are […]

Gretchen Rubin: 5 Mistakes I Make in My Marriage

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I enjoyed Gretchen Rubin’s blog post, “Five Mistakes I Make in My Marriage,” because I make the same ones. To get to her original post, click here. Here are her picks:   1. My demand for gold stars. Oh, how […]

Pundits Ponder Whether Palin Had Postpartum Depression

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Katherine Stone over at Postpartum Progress writes an interesting post in response to the Vanity Fair article by Todd Purdum suggesting that former Vice President candidate Govern Sarah Palin was experiencing postpartum depression during the Presidential campaign. She is right […]

A Glimpse Inside “Obsessed”: An Interview with John Tsilimparis

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I’m not one to stay up and watch TV. For one, I have to practice good sleep hygiene so I can preach that message to you guys. But A&E’s documentary series, “Obsessed” piqued my interest because it exposes viewers to […]

4 Misconceptions About Anxiety Disorder

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Psych Central’s Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., wrote a comprehensive post about anxiety disorder and how to treat it. She also lays out four common misconceptions about anxiety disorder that I thought was worth excerpting here. 1. Anxiety disorders aren’t that serious. […]

Fresh Living: 10 Fantastic Things About My Grandmother

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I was moved by Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi’s post on the passing of her grandmother. What a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a deceased. I think I’m going to make some lists of my own. To […]

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