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November 2009 Archives

Mindful Monday: My Life Project–Understanding the Pain

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You’d expect a therapist to go on an one about why psychotherapy works so well, right? This psychotherapist is surprisingly candid.

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Brain Power: The New Psychosurgery

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Psychiatric neurosurgery for severe cases of depression, anxiety, and OCD.

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On Black Friday: 7 Stress Stoppers

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Black Friday is stressful. Really stressful if you’re highly sensitive. So here are seven stress tips.

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Video: Depression and Gratitude

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I know that the Thanksgiving holiday is all about gratitude. But what if you can’t get there just yet? What if you’re encased in fear, and listing your blessings only deepens your depression because you feel like a loser, a […]

The Parrot and the Turkey

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A Thanksgiving joke, courtesy of my sister-in-law: Recently I received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. […]

On Thanksgiving: 21 Simple Ways to Be Healthy

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A recipe for healthy living for the Thanksgiving holiday!

How You Know Your Turkey Is Done

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This great cartoon comes from Susan Schechter, who writes the wonderful blog, “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”

My Sugar Addiction Story: How I Stopped Eating Sugar

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Why and how one woman gave up sugar.

Mindful Monday: For Thanksgiving Week–4 Quick Mindfulness Techniques

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A few survival tips for Thanskgiving week. Use sparingly.

10 Quotes for a Mindful Day

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Some quotes to prepare you for Thanksgiving.

The 7 Kinds of Hope

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There are 7 kinds of hope.

Why Does God Allow Suffering? Part 2

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Why does God allow suffering? What about free will? Where can you find hope?

Demystifying Psychiatry: An Interview with Charles F. Zorumski and Eugene H. Rubin

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The trends of psychiatry, and why we can be optimistic in the future

The Future of Psychiatry: 5 Reasons for Optimism

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We have many reasons to be optimistic about the future of psychiatry. Here are five.

The 10 Types of Female Friends

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In her new book “Toxic Friends,” Susan Shapiro Barash describes 10 kinds of female friendships.

9 Signs Your Friend Is Toxic

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Here are some tips to find out who is your pal and who is your frenemy.

Mindful Monday: And I Repeat–Trust Me

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When God wants to make a point, He repeats himself. Do you trust God?

When Antidepressants Fail to Work: Brain-Stimulating Techniques for Treatment Resistant Depression

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How do you recover from treatment-resistant depression? Possibly ECT, TMS, or VNS? Brain-stimulating techniques.

4 Kinds of Brain-Stimulating Techniques

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Here is a concise summary of four brain-stimulating techniques being used today to treat severe chronic depression. The summary appeared in the Fall 2006 Issue of the Johns Hopkins’s Bulletin.   1. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the oldest and the […]

NeuroStar TMS Depression Therapy System First To Be Given FDA Approval

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I found this review of Neuronetics’ NueroStar TMS Therapy system which I thought was worthy of passing on. Sean Fallow of Gizmodo.com writes:   Last year, Neuronetics’ NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system became the first device of its […]

Stepmonster: 8 Reasons Why Stepmothers Are Prone to Depression

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Why stepmother is the “perfect storm” for depression.

Group Beyond Blue: Stepmothers and Depression

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I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue called “Stepmothers and Depression,” where I asked stepmoms to weight in on whether or not stepmothering is the “perfect storm” for depression, as author Wednesday Martin suggests. To get to the […]

Fort Hood: Nidal Malik Hasan and the Psychology Behind the Shootings

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I’ve read plenty about the psychology of Major Hasan, and what would cause one to open fire like the tragedy at Ft. Hood. Of all the articles I’ve read, I think John Grohol of Psych Central makes the best case […]

John McManamy: Depression or Deep Thinking?

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John McManamy weighs in on deep thinking versus depression.

Recovering from an Eating Disorder: Margarita Tartakovsky Interviews Me

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Psych Central’s Margarita Tartakovsky interviews me on how I recovered from an eating disorder in my adolescence.

Mindful Monday: What Kind of Life Do You Want Now?

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Haley Scott who was paralyzed teaches lessons in perseverance and determination.

Video: Getting Through the Rough Spots

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Figuring out the cause of a relapse, or even a rough spot bordering on relapse, is a bit like solving a riddle or working on a hard crossword puzzle. It’s like a long, dreaded hour in Advanced Calculus class (even […]

Disabling Anxiety: 10 More Tips

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Therapist Elvira Aletta offers 10 more tips to lowering anxiety.

Video: 7 Ways to Relieve Anxiety

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Recently I’ve had to review and really work on my steps to relieve anxiety. I thought you might like a refresher, as well.To view my YouTube video, “Beyond Blue: 7 Ways to Relieve Anxiety,” click here. * Click here to subscribe […]

Talk Therapy: How Honest Are You?

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Why I hold back information from my therapist.

John Grohol: 10 Secrets Your Therapist Won’t Tell You

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A therapists perspective of what every client should know.

There’s Nothing Deep About Depression

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Peter Kramer argues why depression doesn’t have anything to do with being deep.

10 Reasons I Quit Smoking

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Write a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Here’s mine.

Getting Real: Facing the Greatest Fear of All

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The biggest fear of all? Getting real, says therapist Elvira Aletta.

Mindful Monday: A Note to the Severely Depressed–Don’t Try So Hard

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The same tools that work for mild and moderate depression don’t work for severe depression. Here’s why

Previous Posts

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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