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Sex on Antidepressants: No Need For Subtitle

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Awhile back a reader asked me if I’d cover the topic of intimacy complications with regard to antidepressants.   Ah. Yeah. Every time I write about this controversial topic, I usually get hammered by the left, right, and center–this is […]

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Reversing Antidepressant Weight Gain

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The following blog is a guest post by By Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, Co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet: Eat Carbs — Nature’s Own Appetite Suppressant — to Stop Emotional Overeating and Halt Antidepressant-Associated Weight Gain. Antidepressants have been associated […]

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12 Depression Busters for Seniors

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Roughly a quarter of people age 65 or older suffer from depression. More than half of doctor’s visits by the elderly involve complaints of emotional distress. Twenty percent of suicides in this country are committed by seniors, with the highest […]

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Caregiver Survival Tips by Steven E. Hodes, M.D.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Finding Your Buffalo

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The following is a guest post by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a widely celebrated teacher know for his skill in making the full richness of Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern minds. His latest book, Rebel Buddha, (Shambhala Publications) is due to […]

5 Ways Loss Can Create Growth: An Interview with Cole Bitting

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Cole Bitting, who writes an intriguing blog called “Good Fables,” a site that distills lessons from the science of our complex human nature. Cole writes essays and fables to demonstrate valuable life practices […]

What Is Depression?

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A friend of mine defines depression this way:   “The thought of a loss, real or perceived, of a person, place, or thing that you consider essential to your wellbeing.” I don’t know why, but that definition was somewhat freeing […]

A Complainer? Chronic Illness, Depression, and Faith

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I absolutely loved what reader Elissa wrote on being what she calls a “complicated soul”: the perks and the permissions we, persons with chronic illnesses, get for routinely dealing with our massive piles of animal waste. I’ve combined what she […]

Flex Your Moral Muscle: God Can Change Your Brain

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In his newest book, “After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters,” Anglican bishop and biblical scholar N. T. Wright advises his readers not to cheat on their tax returns. Because that deceitful act may very well carve a neural pathway […]

This Is Your Brain on Religion

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David Ian Miller posts a fascinating interview with Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “How God Changes Your Brain” on The San Francisco Chronicle’s website: SFGate.com. Newberg’s book discusses the results of brain scans […]

Climbing Great Heights: On Discipline and the Small Battles

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Winston Churchill once wrote, “The heights of great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upwards in the night.”   I love that quote. And I remember it throughout […]

Hosanna in the highest: On celebrating the small things

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Yesterday a very talented woman paid  a visit to me. As regular Beyond Blue readers know, I’ve been in a big funk the last week/month/year/lifetime, so I didn’t really think much about her visit until she was here.   She […]

A Question About Severe Depression and Suicide

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I just received this email from a Beyond Blue reader and I wanted to throw it out to you for feedback, since I really don’t know the answer: I am and have always been severely depressed. However, I have never […]

John McManamy: The People’s DSM V

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I’ve been meaning to cover the DSM-V, you know, the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. But, as I said earlier, I’ve been too busy ruminating. Alas, here comes John McManamy with his own version. And I like this one a […]

Mindful Monday: Self-Criticism, Insecurity, and a Bad Case of Little Man Syndrome

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I used to think only depressed people had a little man living inside of them yelling insults into their ears several times a day. But the more I describe my inner short dude to trusted friends and family members, the […]

5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive and 5 Curses: An Interview with Douglas Eby

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Douglas Eby, M.A./Psychology, who is a writer and researcher on the psychology of creative expression, high ability and personal growth. He is creator of the Talent Development Resources series of sites (including HighlySensitive.org) […]

The Fern and the Bamboo

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Because I’m needing some extra encouragement and inspiration these days, I thought I’d publish this lovely parable that my guardian angel Ann sent me awhile back. One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I […]

Keep a Positive Folder to Boost Your Mood: Thank You, Ron Pies

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I’ve often talked about my self-esteem file and how important it is when you have low seasons like I am in now. Sometimes I’ve had to solicit the warm fuzzies (I know, I know, kind of awkward, yes). But at […]

Seasons of the Soul: My Bipolar Experience

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With Spring days away, I thought it appropriate to publish this lovely poem by Theron Messer, a graduate student at Oxford University. From shortest to the longest day Each season slowly drifts away With gracious time for life’s adjustment. As […]

Patrick Tracey on Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Addiction

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Since today is not only St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest drinking day of the year, but also my 21st anniversary of sobriety, I wanted to talk to Patrick about dual diagnosis, since he is also a recovering alcoholic. I asked […]

On Taming the Brain: 5 Things to Keep Me Going Today

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(This dog is my brain, needing obedience class.)   I suppose a perk of feeling bad is that I can generate material that will speak to those of you who are really struggling right now. As much as I hate […]

7 Ways to Quiet the Voice of an Eating Disorder

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Margarita Tartakovsky of Psychcentral always has interesting blogs on the topic of eating disorders. In her post, “The Voice of an Easting Disorder and 7 Ways to Shut It Up,” she offers wonderful techniques for folks with disordered eating to […]

Mindful Monday: Surrender to the Brain … When the Reframing Gets Old

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I sometimes wish I didn’t have fodder for this blog, that I could graduate to writing a Happiness Project like Gretchen Rubin, and give you tips that could increase your happiness level. Alas, after weekends like last, I know that […]

ShareWIK: Teenage Addiction to Internet Pornography

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The website ShareWIK has done an incredible job of educating people about addictions to internet pornography among teenagers. It’s an issue that I haven’t featured on Beyond Blue, probably because my kids are 6 and 8, and I’d rather not […]

Faith and Mental Illness in the African American Community

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Nami’s FaithNet included a great article about faith and mental illness in the African American community. I have wanted to address this for awhile, because I have noticed the thick stigma associated with mood disorders among my African American friends, […]

Five Things a Loved One Should Know About Bipolar Disorder: An Interview with Bruce Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Bruce Cohen, M.D., Ph.D, who is Director of the Harvard University McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also the coauthor, with Chelsea Lowe, of the recently […]

Loving Someone with Bipolar

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James Bishop over at Finding Optimism continues to publish high-quality writing from a variety of mental-health bloggers. I especially likes this featured piece by a writer named Kathryn. You can get to the original blog, “Loving Someone with Bipolar,” by […]

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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About once a year I discover a workbook that allows me to put all the steps that I learn in therapy into practice. I’ve mentioned in past blogs David Burns’s “10 Days to Self-Esteem,” and how the exercises in that […]

Bible Verses for Loneliness

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Here is a nice gallery compiled by Beliefnet editors to help readers find comfort and hope in Bible verses….   Anyone can face moments of loneliness–times when you long for companionship or when you want to be seen, to be […]

Mindful Monday: Get Lost During Lent

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In her new paperback, “An Altar in the World,” bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes: Popular religion focuses so hard on spiritual success that most of us do not know the first thing about the spiritual fruits of failure. When […]

A Quick Dose of Vitamin B-12

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Here are two quotes I came across lately which felt like a shot of vitamin B 12 … they gave me energy: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it […]

Michelle Rapkin: The Endless To-Do List and Priorities

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Like many of you, I have been chronically overwhelmed lately, and am in the process of trying to come up with a better system for my to-do list. I rely on friends and mentors to guide me, and one bright […]

Video: Put First Things First (On Time Management)

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Here’s my daily dilemma: how do I get the 48 tasks I need to accomplish done in the 15 hours that I have? It’s a bad math equation that never comes out right. The problem, I think, is that I […]

God Is Down Here (and Up There)

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Here’s a small snapshot of how my faith buttresses me on a daily basis. After two weeks of a blizzard, where nothing got done because the kids were home, and one week of vacation, I sat down to go through […]

The Handbook for Catholic Moms: An Interview with Lisa Hendey

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It’s been such a pleasure watching the website, catholicmom.com, grow and mature and become a dependable resting spot for Catholic moms to catch their breath, be inspired, and find companionship with other women of faith. Now Lisa Hendey, founder of […]

Depression’s Upside? Let’s Rethink That

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Image by Ben Weeks. Here’s where I sound very, very bipolar. I wrote an article a few weeks ago on “10 Good Things About Depression” and now I’m supporting psychiatrist Ron Pies’s viewpoint that we should not perpetuate what he […]

Marie Osmond’s Son Commits Suicide: Why Are So Many Teens Depressed?

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Entertainment Tonight recently reported that TV and music star Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide last Friday in Los Angeles. In his suicide note, he described a life-long battle with depression, the reason for his suicide.   Osmond […]

How We Can Help Teens At Risk of Suicide: Celebrity, Suicide, and Young Adulthood

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John Grohol at Psychcentral.com wrote a powerful post about teen suicides, full of great advice for all of us … in order to be more aware and to possibly intervene before a life is taken. In his post, “Celebrity, Suicide, […]

Mindful Monday: On Protecting Your Innocence and Staying Focused

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“Why do they hate me? What did I ever do?” Eric said to me yesterday as I grabbed a cup of coffee. He had spent the morning reading my reviews of Beyond Blue on Amazon.com. “Who hates you?” I asked […]

Henri Nouwen: Keep Living Where God Is

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The following excerpt is from Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Inner Voice of Love” (the one I’m always quoting from … it’s my favorite). Whatever you are doing–watching a movie, writing a book, giving a presentation, eating, or sleeping–you have to […]

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“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 ...

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