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January 2010 Archives

How Can I Support My Loved One with Depression? Center Street’s BlogTalkRadio

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Last week I was interviewed as part of a “BlogTalkRadio” segment hosted by Hachette Book Group, my publisher. It’s basically a radio show that you can produce and broadcast yourself. To listen to it, you can visit this link. I have written […]

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What Can We Do About Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness?

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A week or so ago, Elisha Goldstein interviewed me on his insightful blog, “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.” Click here to get to it. I have excerpted below his question regarding stigma. Elisha: There’s a lot of stigma around mental illness and […]

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Mother Teresa on Feeling Overwhelmed

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Sometimes God hits you between the eyes with something you need to read. That would be this piece, one of the beautiful contributions to Elisha Goldstein’s new EBook, “A Mindful Dialogue: A Path to Working with Stress, Pain and Difficult […]

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A Mindful Dialogue: A Compassionate Response to Haiti

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On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and over 110,000 people have died and many more needing food, water, resources and medical and psychological attention. A Mindful Dialogue: A Path Toward Working with Stress, Pain, and Difficult Emotions was […]

How Do I Find a Good Psychiatrist? Some Rules for Getting the Proper Treatment for Your Mood Disorder

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This month Guideposts magazine published my story about the morning I met Dr. Smith at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. It read a little bit like a fairy tale … as soon as I met the right psychiatrist, I […]

12 Ways to Bust Depression

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My “12 Depression Busters” post inspired one Beyond Blue reader to come up with her own. Here they are. I don’t think I’ve really gotten to the point where I should give others advice on how to “bust depression” since […]

The Last Day of Cancer Treatment: Then What?

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A Beyond Blue reader who is also a cancer survivor has a wonderful blog called, “Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer.” I was inspired by her writing, even though I’ve never had to endure chemotherapy. This woman is one of the most […]

Toxic Friends: An Interview with Susan Shapiro Barash

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Gender expert Susan Shapiro Barash on her new book, “Toxic Friends.”

Mindful Monday: Haiti and the Dilemma of Suffering

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Why Haiti? Why suffering? We’ve gone here many times on Beyond Blue. But whenever a friend asks me, “How can you believe in a good God when horrendous tragedies like Haiti happen all the time?” I open my mouth, but […]

You Know Me, God, You Know Me

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On Saturday, my son received his First Reconciliation. I was one of the readers, and I found the passage that I read for the program so beautiful and comforting. It is Psalm 139:   (This is the children’s edition … […]

13 Myths of Schizophrenia

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Fellow blogger and friend Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. penned an informative blog post on Psychcentral that illuminates 13 of the prevailing myths surrounding schizophrenia. I know I haven’t covered that illness much on Beyond Blue. But I’m starting now! Because I […]

The Center Cannot Hold: A Memoir of Schizophrenia

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Photo by Will Vinet. I just found a TIME interview with Elyn Saks, author of “The Center Cannot Hold,” and found it fascinating. It begins: “My mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy,” says Elyn Saks, […]

Self-Help Course May Have Led to Suicide

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Don’t let self-help programs be a therapist or psychiatrist.

Can self-help impede the process to recovery? An Interview with Tamar Chansky

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A self-help expert weighs on the advantages and dangers of positive thinking.

Brace Yourselves for Jan 24: The Most Depressing Day of the Year

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I wanted to give you guys a few days notice … to brace yourself for … the most depressing day of the year! According to Dr. Cliff Arnalls, a British psychologist with Cardiff University, it’s almost like clockwork. A number […]

Video: The Most Crappiest Time of the Year

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I’ve been singing this song for three weeks now: “It’s the most, crappiest time of the year.” La la la la la (I won’t go on and sing the rest of the lyrics, as that might come across as WHINING.) […]

Beyond Blue: 12 Steps Toward Freedom From Depression

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After trying 23 medication combinations, 7 psychiatrists, two hospitalization programs, and every form of alternative therapy available–from homeopathic remedies to yoga, I assumed I was one of those unfortunate statistics with treatment-resistant depression, a Humpty-Dumpty type that would never recover […]

Time Magazine: Amy Sullivan Asks Me About Treatment for Depression

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Last week Time.com published an interview of me by Amy Sullivan. She summed up the most important soundbites, including a few questions regarding how to go about finding the right doctor. Click here to read the full interview. Here is […]

BlogTalkRadio: Thursday Jan 21 at 1 pm

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I’m sort of learning all of this new media stuff as I go along. I don’t really know what blog talk radio is, but I’m going to be interviewed live on the Center Street channel on BlogTalkRadio.com: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstreet/2010/01/21/therese-borchard-live-interview-w-the-author-of-beyond-blue The interview […]

Faith and Mental Illness: An Interview with Nancy Kehoe, Ph.D.

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Ever since I came across Sr. Nancy Kehoe’s book, “Wrestling with Our Inner Angels,” I knew I had to interview her on Beyond Blue. Because her perspective is so unique: Nancy is a Society of the Sacred Heart sister and […]

How Does Faith Contribute to Your Health? Ryan Howes of Psychology Today Interviews Me

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Fellow blogger and friend Ryan Howes graciously interviewed me for his “In Therapy” blog on Psychology Today. To check out the interview, you can click here. He asked me this: Spirituality clearly plays a major role in your life. How […]

Pain and Humor … Humor and Pain: The Dark Side of Funny

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What are the rules on humor? Can comedy heal? I explore the topic of humor in an interview with John McManamy.

How to Help Haiti with Recovery

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Susan Schechter who writes the blog, “If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going,” is one of the most compassionate people I know, which is why she is trying to raise awareness on how we can help Haiti with recovery. Click […]

10 Good Things About Depression

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Image by Ted McGrath   A radio talk host recently asked me this question: “If you could have had your way and never deal with a mood disorder in your life, would you do that. Or has the depression, somehow, […]

Win a Copy of Beyond Blue!

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Click here to learn how to win a copy of a signed book, “Beyond Blue”!

Video: On Death and Dying

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I wanted to republish this video today because it’s the anniversary of my father’s death, and close to the one-year anniversary of the death that I witnessed last year when I went home to visit my high school alma mater.

11 Kinds of Therapy to Help You Grieve a Loss

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Here are a few therapeutic activities that can help you grieve a loss of a loved one.

WHYY.ORG’s Webcast: Digest This

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I’m new to this webcast stuff. Today will be my first one. I will be answering questions on today’s “Digest This” webcast, a weekly hour-long online discussion hosted by WHYY’s Health and Science team. It will be held today from […]

Mindful Monday: To Thy Own Self Be True

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My New Year’s resolution? To be less of a people-pleaser

Enough About Me–What Do You Think About Me?

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I’ve been through the pub date cycle before. For a day–sometimes two–you’ve got your publicist’s undivided attention, you check your Amazon rating a dozen or so times throughout the day, and you pray to the patron saint of the Today […]

Finding God in Tough Times

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I loved this piece by my friend and Jesuit priest (but don’t hold that against him) Jim Martin on finding God in the hard stuff. I thought you’d all like it, too. Click here for the original link. “Don’t you […]

Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project!

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I often quote fellow blogger Gretchen Rubin on Beyond Blue because most of her directives for a happier life apply to sanity, as well. I recognize many of my steps to recovery from depression and addiction both on her blog […]

This Emotional Life: Why Does Religion Make People Happier?

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Harvard psychologist and bestselling author Daniel Gilbert has teamed up with Vulcan Productions and the NOVA/WGBH Science Unit to create a multimedia project called “This Emotional Life.” A 3-part documentary premieres on PBS January 4-6, 2010, but there is plenty […]

Writing BEYOND BLUE: Keeping My End of the Bargain

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Today is my pub date for my book, “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes,” which means it is now in bookstores (theoretically anyway).   So I wanted to reflect on why I wrote […]

Beyond Blue: An Excerpt

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Here’s an excerpt from the introduction of “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes.” Some people are born with jagged edges–restless and discontent with volatile moods and intense emotions–explained author and professor Kay Redfield […]

The Beyond Blue Book Give Away!

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I don’t know how the hell he does it. John McManamy. He thinks of things before I do. Like way before I do. And they are really good ideas! I really think I should have dedicated my book “Beyond Blue” […]

This Emotional Life: Losing a Brother to Suicide

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This Emotional Life’s Robert Antonioni discusses his brother’s suicide.

Inside “This Emotional Life”: An Interview with Daniel Gilbert

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Photo © Marilynn Oliphant  I feel sorry for Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and bestselling author of “Stumbling on Happiness.” He is so good at everything that he has a hard time finding a suitable challenge. Alas, he has found one! […]

Mindful Monday: Living Oprah? Live Your Real Life

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Living Oprah? In essence, it’s about living my Real Life. Not the Best Life that so many motivational writers and speakers try to sell me. My Real Life.

Our Deepest Fear

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Here’s an inspirational poem by Marianne Williamson that touches on the topic of owning your own truth, something I am going to try to do in 2010. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is […]

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