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May 2010 Archives

On Memorial Day: Thank You, Veterans

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I was going to write my own thank you note to all of the men and women who have served to protect this country, but I think John Grohol does such a beautiful job on his site. He writes: This […]

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BP Magazine: An Interview with Carrie Fisher

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I enjoyed reading the interview with Carrie Fisher in BP Magazine by editor Nancy Tobin. Sometimes it’s refreshing to hear a Hollywood personality and Broadway star talk about the struggles of a mood disorder. Fisher now performs a highly-acclaimed Broadway […]

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Celebrity Depression, Spiritual Lessons

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Lessons from celebrities who have come out of the closet as depressives.

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Fasten Your Seatbelts! The Rollercoaster Ride of Manic Depression

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What goes up must come down … managing manic depression.

Video: Am I Manic?

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Most people envision mania as the woman who rings up $2000 on her master card, or the guy up all night composing music. But mania, and especially hypomania, need not be so obvious or extreme. If you suffer from a […]

How Do You Heal Loneliness?

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Loneliness contributes to most illnesses. How do we heal it?

10 More Ways to Make Friends

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From John Grohol … 10 more ways to make friends.

Christian and Depressed: What Churches Can Do to Help Persons with Mood Disorders

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Today I received this email from a Beyond Blue reader:   “I’m a Christian, and have been struggling with depression and my faith since my brother took his life 2-1/2 years ago. I joined your group for friends and tips […]

What Religion Can Do For Your Health

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Like many of you, I’m always telling people I will pray for their health, and I mean it. I realize that every person I pray for doesn’t get his wish just because I’ve engaged the Guy upstairs in a conversation, […]

Mindful Monday: You’re Good Enough Already (So Stop Trying)

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Keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.”

Avoid All Forms of Self-Rejection: Stop Blaming Yourself

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen on self-rejection and self blame.

Oprah’s Wellesley Commencement Address

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I love Oprah’s advice to graduates in her Wellesley College address. You can read the entire speech by clicking here. This is my favorite paragraph: I remember being taken off the air in Baltimore, being told that I was no […]

You Never Get Over It, But Life Does Get Better: On Losing a Child

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“Grief is an inevitable component of life lived fully. But losing a child ranks at the top of the hardest to bear.”

When Grief Becomes Depression

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Grief can become become severe depression or a mental disorder. Dr. Ron Pies explains how and why.

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

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Don’t take anything personally. That’s the second agreement of Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic, “The Four Agreements.” I need a reminder today. So I open his book to that chapter and read: Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…Nothing other […]

Video: Learning to Blow Bubbles

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but bubbles can never hurt me. So I put all the meannies–or at least their words–in bubbles, where they can’t bother me. Of course, I’m so sensitive that I went out and got […]

May Is Mental Health Month: Mental Health Statistics

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Today’s guest blog is by John Grohol, the CEO and founder of the site, PsychCentral. You can get to his original blog by clicking here. May is Mental Health Month again, so it’s also a good time to review the […]

Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression

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“The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression” is the newest documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz. It is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families. The film explores through firsthand accounts how depression can happen to anyone regardless […]

Mindful Monday: Just Be …

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For me, standing still is so much harder than running.

5 Steps to Improving Your Concentration

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The following is a guest post by Sam Horn, an author and consultant. For the full, gallery version, click here. When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, “I think the one lesson I’ve […]

Steppin’ Out Radio: True Stories of Inspiration and Transformation

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Steppin’ Out Radio in New York City. The show is hosted by WABC-TV’s anchor and sports director, Scott Clark. He’s also a recovering alcoholic who is passionate about […]

Grateful and Depressed? You Can Be Both

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I now know that gratitude is a separate animal to my depression, and that sometimes confusing the two, especially while in a depressive cycle, can do more harm than good.

5 Ways to Practice Gratitude: An Interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Today’s interview is with happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., who is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and the author of “The How of Happiness.” In 2002, Lyubomirsky was awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize. Currently, she […]

The Power of Forgiveness

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In the 1980s psychologist Everett L. Worthington, Jr. Ph.D., began studying forgiveness while working with troubled couples. On New Year’s Eve, 1995, his mother was murdered. Dr. Worthington then dedicated his life to encouraging and educating people about forgiveness. He […]

First Forgive

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Since we are the topic of forgiveness, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my book, “The Pocket Therapist.” Mother Teresa once said, “Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first […]

New Study Proves Jealousy Blinds and Distracts

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According to a new study by the University of Delaware, it’s jealousy that literally blinds us!

8 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy

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These 8 techniques will lead me out of the continent of jealousy and home, to self-acceptance … theoretically.

Neither Blame Nor Indulge: Medication, Therapy, Mindfulness, and Rest

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It is true both that very little depression is entirely the fault of the sufferer, and that almost all depression can be ameliorated with rigor.

Mindfulness Doesn’t Mean Anti-Medication

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Can a person practice mindfulness even though she relies on medication? Psychologist Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. helps us with that question.

Never Place a Period Where God Has Placed a Comma: Why You Need Friends

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Never place a period where God has placed a comma. That’s a line from comedienne Gracie Allen. Beliefnet’s faith editor, Ansley Roan, reminded me of that saying after reading my post last week about my bad book sales numbers and […]

21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment

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We will all encounter dissapointment in this life, but we aren’t always equipped to handle it. Here are some practical tips for handling dissapointment. My personal favorites: Throw Away the Evidence, Allow Cracks, Write About It and Hold Onto Hope…

Should We Let Our Kids See Us Fail?

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I thought this was an appropriate post because many people ask me how far they should go in hiding their depression from their kids.

The Idle Parent: On Being a Laid-Back Parent

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A book that argues why laid-back parents raise healthier and happier kids.

An Overmedicated Nation? Maybe, but That’s Not the Real Problem

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“Our country is overmedicated.” I get that a lot, usually right after I tell someone that I write a mental-health blog. Not as a hobby. As my job. Part of me agrees, the part that doesn’t want to get into […]

Judith Warner: The Wrong Story About Depression

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Happy pills don’t work, the story quickly became, even though, boiled down to that headline, it was neither startling nor particularly true.

Faith Pulled Me Through: Hope Is a Great Prophylactic

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If anything keeps us alive, it is, indeed, hope. And faith can provide that hope.

Mindful Monday: 7 Ways to Mindfully Boost Self-Esteem

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Fellow blogger Elisha Goldstein always has great insight over at his blog on PsychCentral, called “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.”  I especially liked his 7 ways to boost self-esteem using mindfulness. Here they are: Write it down – In working with erroneous […]

Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings

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One of the chapters in “The Pocket Therapist” is “Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings.” Ironically, a talented artist I know, Anya Getter, titled her piece, “A Guesthouse,” and sent a photo of it to me. Here is the entry […]

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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 wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the

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 measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

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 the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

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 third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

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 is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

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

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