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October 2009 Archives

My Halloween Video: I Miss You Michael Jackson!

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My version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

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Daylight Savings Time and SAD

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Okay, folks, we’ve got two days until Armageddon for depressives: Daylight Savings Time. Time to pull out the HappyLites! In case you think I’m making up all this stuff about less light leading to depression, especially in the winter months, […]

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Recognizing SAD

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According to Karen Swartz, here’s how to recognize seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized by recurring bouts of major depression that usually coincide with the shorter daylight hours of autumn and winter. Though a person with […]

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Lawyers and Depression: An Interview with Daniel Lukasik

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An attorney lists 3 reasons why so many lawyers are depressed and 5 things they can do every day to beat depression.

Daniel Lukasik: Stress, Depression and Our Bodies

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How to avoid burnout.

The 10 Best Bipolar Blogs, 2009

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Psych Central’s Sandy Kiume picks the ten best bipolar blogs of 2009!

Time Magazine: The State of the American Woman

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Time Magazine explores What Women Want Now. They are more powerful but less happy. What’s up with that?

You Wear the Suit: 8 Tips on Trading Places with Your Spouse

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I’ve noticed many more men at pick-up from school and camp, soccer practice and birthday parties. The women? They’ve gone back to work because there are more jobs available in their fields. In a recent BusinessWeek.com article, Peter Coy writes: […]

Mindful Monday: 11 Ways to Treat the Death Thoughts That Come with Depression and Anxiety

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Some tips for when you can’t stop thinking about death.

Elvira Aletta: 10 Ways to Lower Anxiety and Find Empowerment

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Tips to treat anxiety.

Treating Depression and Folate Deficiency with Medical Foods

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Alicia Sparks’s post “Treating Depression and Folate Deficiency with Medical Foods” on PsychCentral discusses a fascinating topic. I was supposed to be part of the media briefing she participated in, but couldn’t be there, so I wanted to feature her […]

5 Clues You Should Be Letting Go of Something: An Interview with Eileen Flanagan

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And 5 clues you should be changing something instead of giving up.

A Bipolar Serenity Prayer

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They made another prayer just for us!

Social Attachment, Motherhood, and Mental Illness: An Interview with Jessica Zucker

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Social attachment tips for new moms from a psychologist, and ways to compensate when you didn’t experience that as a baby.

Glenn Close Tackles Mental Illness … Thank You!

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Glenn Close and her family speak out on mental illness.

Glenn Close Named Mental Health Advocate

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Glenn Close is honored for her advocacy for mental health, and stripping the stigma of mental illness.

Mindful Monday: When Darkness Surrounds You

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Mother Teresa and Henri Nouwen both experienced dark nights of the soul.

Henri Nouwen: Keep Choosing God

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One of my favorite meditations by Henri Nouwen.

Not So Brady: 4 Rules for Staying Together When You Remarry with Kids

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Marriage tips from an expert in stepfamilies.

Group Beyond Blue: Disabling Anxiety–What Do You Do?

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Tips for handling depression from my support group, Beyond Blue

The 10 Best Ways to Offer Solace to Someone Who Is Bereaved

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Suggestions on how to comfort someone who is grieving.

The Fear of Relapse: 5 Cognitive Tools

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What do you do if your obsessing about relapsing?

Depression: 5 Steps to Prevent Relapse

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy blogger Elisha Goldstein wrote an important post about ways we can try to prevent a relapse. To get to his blog post, click here. I’ve excerpted the five steps below. 1) Relapse Signatures – Take a moment […]

A Tiny Glimpse Inside a Neurotic Head

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Sometimes things aren’t as they appear.

Video: Me on the Bad Days

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Some readers have said, “Clearly you’re not THAT depressed. Maybe you know mild depression, but your upbeat blog posts and videos aren’t for people with serious depression.”In light of that, I thought I’d show you all what a bad depression […]

Mindful Monday: Dare to Stay with Your Pain, Stay with Your Loneliness

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen and psychologist John Bradshaw on healing the pain of your inner child.

The 7 Laws of Boundaries

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how to establish better personal boundaries

The 4 Kinds of Friends You Need In Your Life

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4 kinds of friends you need to keep you resilient

What Do I Do About a Toxic Friend? Your Responses

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what do I do with a toxic friendship?

Joan Wester Anderson: Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread

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funny stories about motherhood to make you laugh

Come All Who Are Weary

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Jesus statue gives me hope at psychiatric evaluation at Johns Hopkins

What Are Your 12 Things?

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Here are 12 things to try to manage your anxiety.

Quotes on Perfectionism

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Taro Gold compiled some great quotes on perfectionism in “Living Wabi Sabi.” Among them: This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection. -Saint Augustine Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect […]

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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

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