Awhile back I published an excerpt from Judith Schwartz’s amazing book, “The Therapist’s New Clothes.” Her words left me with many more questions than answers, so I’ve decided to interview her about the unique and complicated relationship between a therapist […]
In addition to my marriage advice in this video, my objective is to “break your face,” as Jerry Seinfeld says. Life is too serious as it is. * Click here to subscribe to Beyond Blue and click here to follow Therese […]
1. No kid talk 2. No eavesdropping 3. No fighting 4. No flirting (with other people) 5. No whining or crying 6. No flatulence or incontinence 7. No technology (cellphones, BlackBerries, iPhones, or iPods) 8. No interrupting 9. No belching, […]
U.S. Catholic writer Anna Weaver penned a comprehensive, insightful, and useful article in last month’s issue of US Catholic magazine (where I actually worked as an editor … my first real job out of college). I was honored to be […]
When I was buried in the Black Hole of depression, nothing comforted me like the Psalms. My very religious aunt told me to read them every morning, because they were written for people fighting against despair. So I would take […]
Psychologist Paula Bloom is always writing interesting blog posts over at PBS.org. Awhile back she asked the question, “Am I depressed or just deep?” and now she asks, “If I don’t agree with your pessimistic view on the world, why […]
Andrew Solomon discusses different strategies to stay resilient.
Four pieces of advice from depression expert Andrew Solomon.
The 2010 Winter Olympics recalls my favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do that which you think you cannot do.”
I know that many Beyond Blue readers are male, and that I don’t devote enough posts to male depression, so I am going to do a better job of publishing guest posts by men. The following post is written by […]
Jimmy Carter isn’t the only one who ever had “lust in his heart.” I receive e-mails every day from readers who are either stuck in an emotional affair or have ended one but are still extremely heartsick. First, a reminder […]
The Emotional Affairs Support Group that I set up in the Beliefnet Community awhile ago has plenty of members and is buzzing with interesting discussion threads. To join the conversation, click here.
The CUDOS Form is a wonderful assessment to see if you’re depressed.
One of the more enjoyable interviews I’ve done as part of the publicity campaign of my book, Beyond Blue, was the interview for WETA’s Book Studio. The host, Bethanne, seemed as passionate as I am to get hope out to […]
I’m giving up numbers for Lent, yes I am. I will not step on the scale first thing in the morning (ranking no. 1). I will not check out my Amazon.com ranking or read any new review of my book, […]
As I mentioned in my other post, the first ranking of the day comes via my scale. So for the 40 days of Lent, I’m not going to get on it. This is a huge deal for me. I […]
I have the great pleasure of knowing one of the foremost authorities on Abraham Lincoln … Joshua Wolf Shenk. When I stumbled across his Atlantic article about Lincoln’s depression, I wrote to him right away, not expecting a response. But […]
Thank goodness for psychiatrists like Ronald Pies, M.D., Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Times. I find him to be a guiding light, a voice of wisdom, in the misinformed culture of our times (especially with regard to depression and antidepressants). […]
1. Light a match when you’re in the can, Dan 2. Eat low-cal, Al 3. Communication is key, Lee 4. Be nice to her mom, Tom 5. Throw out your plan, Stan 6. Treat her like a lady, Brady 7. […]
1. Skip the polyester, Ester 2. No casserole, Nicole 3. Sleep with him twice a week, Monique 4. Let him drive a new car, Star 5. Laugh with him, Kim 6. Allow all-day NFL, Belle 7. Buy him candy, Sandy […]
How do you know if your relationship experiences “normal ups and downs” or is mired in abusive, toxic patterns? Determining the health of your most important relationships is the first step toward creating a happier life for yourself and those […]
Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Annie Pleshette Murphy, parenting contributor for Good Morning America and the host of “Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy.” I discussed nine tips for parents battling depression, steps that I wish […]
I love this post by fellow blogger Katherine Stone! Monday. 3:30pm or thereabouts. Stone Callis residence. Conversation between mom and 8-year-old son with whom she had horrible, raging postpartum OCD and cried every day and thought she’d ruined his life […]
Sorry to interrupt Relationships Week on Beyond Blue, but I needed to publish this bulletin: I’M GOING CRAZY. Ahem. Okay, here’s the deal. Annapolis was hit with 30 inches of snow last Friday and Saturday. Annapolis owns three snowplows. Most […]
Group Beyond Blue member Blondie started an interesting thread on Group Beyond Blue at Beliefnet Community called “Letting go of someone you thought loved you.” She writes: Unfortunately, 4 years ago I fell in love with my boss. It has […]
What is it about the pain of depression that we are afraid to call it pain? I mean, when a close friend goes in for a hip replacement or is diagnosed with breast cancer, we hold them in prayer […]
Just like last year, I’ve decided to hold a “Relationships Week” on Beyond Blue because depression affects so many of our relationships and because my articles on relationships always get a good response. So, in preparation for Valentine’s Day on […]
I admire Newsweek writer Sharon Begley’s work … especially when she explains ways we can try to rewire our brain. But I found last week’s cover story irresponsible. If, for no other reason, than its title and subtitle: “The Depressing […]
James Gordon, author of “Unstuck” and Charles Barber, author of “Comfortably Numb” present some interesting statistics on antidepressants. However, for persons like myself who suffer from severe depression, some context is needed to their facts. An article in the Summer […]
Awhile back I was asked by “Dallas News” reporter Nancy Churnin to guest blog on “Dallas Moms,” (part of “The Dallas Morning News”). They wanted me to write about motherhood and mental illness, and of course I have no trouble […]
What should mothers do about the guilt that comes with postpartum depression?
There are so many excellent mommy blogs out there, but Christine Kraft really captures the emotions of a mother’s heart with her writing, like in this blog called “The Soul of a Child.” Click here to get to her blog. […]
If you are looking for audio interviews of top psychologists, psychiatrist, and mental health personalities, you should visit “Psychjourney Podcasts.” You can download informative podcasts to listen to on your way to work (if you actually have a job in […]
I woke up this morning–okay and every morning for the last 8 days–with a bad case of the “What If?”s. I’m feeling the familiar adrenaline run through my veins. It’s fear, of course. Of what could happen. Tomorrow. Next year. […]
I recently came upon this message on my Beliefnet homepage: I have bipolar as well, but I am usually more depressed than manic. I fight every day to look for something to cling to do I do not take my […]