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June 2010 Archives

Take the Celebrity Depression Quiz!

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Holly Lebowitz Rossi, blogger of Fresh Living, compiled a cool quiz about celebrity depression. For example: 1.What U.S. president, known to suffer from bouts of depression, wrote this in a letter to a friend: “A tendency to melancholy… is a […]

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Distraction: A Serious Problem of Modern Life

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Here is the irony in writing a piece about distraction. I told myself not to check my email until the column was done, but I did peak at my Facebook because I was awaiting a response. I saw that I […]

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How to Pray When You’re Depressed

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When I was in the eye of depression’s storm, I couldn’t pray. I would go into my bedroom closet, shut the door, and light a candle in the dark. I stared into its flame, wanting so badly to feel at […]

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Mindful Monday: Choose Three Things That Inspire You

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Do you have three things that you can place throughout your house to inspire you?

A Word About Hope

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The energy of hope breaks, perforates the hard walls of the tomb in which distraction, intemperance, and worries enclose us.

5 Reliable Findings from Happiness Research

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The following is a guest post by John Grohol of Psychcentral.com. Click here to get to his original article. Yes, I know. There are dozens of books written about how to increase your happiness, probably hundreds of different blogs all […]

Want to Be Happier? Kiss More, Hug More, Love More

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Gretchen Rubin writes a fascinating piece about how being more affectionate–touching and hugging and kissing more–can actually make us happier.

Find Your Life Mission (and then a job)

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In her newest book, “Jesus, Career Counselor: How to Find (and Keep) Your Perfect Work,” bestselling author Laurie Beth Jones cites a surprising statistic: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average 38-year-old will have held between ten to […]

Video: Write a Life Mission Statement!

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You may have had to memorize the mission statement of your corporation or school. But have you ever wondered what your own personal mission statement would say? After tutoring several midshipmen at the Naval Academy on this assignment, I decided […]

Are You Spiritual Or Psychotic? The Fine Line Between Prophetic and Crazy

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“Sometimes a fine line separates psychosis and off-center belief”

Are Depressives More Spiritual?

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I am what you might call a “depression snob.” I have a rather high opinion of people who suffer from depression and anxiety. I assume that if you carry bottles of Zoloft, Prozac, or Xanax in your purse, you are […]

Mindful Monday: Be Not Afraid

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I used to sing “Be Not Afraid,” in the shower as an anxious child. It was the one song that gave me great comfort, and every time I hear it, at Sunday Mass or at a funeral, I tear up. […]

7 Steps to Closure When a Friend Dumps You

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I think we’ve all been dissed by a friend at least once in our lifetime, right? Recently I’ve had two people remove me as a friend on Facebook. Like that feels good. Was it my annoying status updates? The singing […]

Don’t Give Up! 12 Ways to Keep Going

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My brilliant editor, Holly Rossi, compiled a beautiful gallery from the content of my post, “12 Ways to Keep Going.” Click here to view the gallery. A woman who lives with chronic pain said to my mom the other day, […]

Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Interview with Jody Smith

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jody Smith, creator of the website www.ncubator.ca, who spent 15 years losing the battle against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Three years ago, she found treatment that worked for her and is making a comeback. […]

Jesus: Career Counselor?

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Can Jesus be a career counselor? Bestselling author Laurie Beth Jones thinks so! Jesus – Career Counselor slideshow View more presentations from FSB Associates.

CafeMom Launches Depression Support Center

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CafeMom, the number one site for moms, just launched a depression support center that hosts a few cool things, like “Ask the Expert” events. Here’s a description: Feeling depressed or anxious? This is the place for you to connect with […]

Strong at the Broken Places: On Living, Bravely, with Chronic Illness

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Richard Cohen profiles five people living with chronic illness, and inspires us to do our best.

5 Rules for Living with Chronic Illness and Depression: An Interview with Elvira Aletta

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite therapists, Elvira Aletta, Ph.D., on a very important topic: chronic illness. I say important, because it now pertains to me (and thus is important), and I need to learn […]

Kay Redfield Jamison: A Profile in Courage

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Jacqueline L. Salmon wrote a beautiful profile of my mental health hero, Kay Redfield Jamison, in BP magazine. It captured the personality and life experience behind the bestselling author and expert on manic-depression. After I read “An Unquiet Mind,” I […]

6 Tips by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Also from BP Magazine: six tips from Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Stay on your medication. Get regular sleep. “[This is] far and away the most important thing next to medication.” Get […]

Mindful Monday: A Relapse Isn’t a Start-Over

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Spiritual author Henry Nouwen writes:   “When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. Your healing is not a straight line. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself, “All is […]

12 Strategies to Help You Recover From a Relapse

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A dozen things to do if you relapse from depression or any addiction.

True Blue: On Erasing Stigma (Or At Least Trying To)

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I really do believe in fate.  I mean, I know that my path isn’t carved in stone, and I have (too many, in my opinion) choices in how I get from point A to point B. But I firmly believe […]

The Strong, Sensitive Boy: An Interview with Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author of “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide,” “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion,” and “The Strong, Sensitive Boy.” He currently teaches workshops and consults internationally on coping strategies for highly […]

10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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One of Beliefnet’s most popular galleries is “10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.” I’ve included several of them here.     *  “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your […]

Who Is Highly Sensitive? What Does That Mean?

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The following is a fascinating interview by Douglas Eby of another expert on highly-sensitive persons, life coach Jenna Forrest. Douglas Eby: According to Elaine Aron, author of “The Highly Sensitive Person,” about 15 to 20 percent of people have this […]

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?

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I fear that I’m giving my daughter an eating disorder with intentions of teaching her how to eat right. Which begs the question: which is more harmful–obesity (and diabetes) or an eating disorder? I’ve implemented a “one-treat rule” in our […]

7 Signs Your Body Image Is Bruised (and 5 Solutions)

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Among some very insightful posts on the blog “Weightless” is this one on ways to recognize poor body image…. In this day and age, it seems like a positive body image is a rarity. Whether you fit today’s skinny standards or […]

12 Depression Busters for Men: Help for Men Struggling with Depression

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Six million men, or seven percent of American men, suffer from depression, and millions more suffer silently because they either don’t recognize the symptoms.

Male Depression: Why It’s Undiagnosed and What It Looks Like

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Last month, I dedicated a day to the topic of women’s issues and depression: how our hormonal fluctuations contribute to depression and bipolar disorder. Some readers questioned whether or not the figures were accurate–that twice as many women than men […]

Mindful Monday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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I have had 14 days without any “I wish I were dead” thoughts. Two full weeks. It’s exhilarating but–and I know you can appreciate this–scary. Because I am so nervous for the thoughts to come back. It’s like finding your […]

A Word of Hope to the Despairing

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The following guest blog is by Mark, a Beyond Blue reader who wants works in the mental health field. If you are very depressed, you believe one thing – that things are going to be the same forever, and that […]

Music Therapy to Treat Depression

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Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Now new research shows that music therapy — either listening to or creating music with a specially trained therapist — can be a useful treatment for depression.

Monica A. Coleman: I Need Spirituals

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Music gives me the words I can’t find, and it gives me a rhythm to dance or slowly rock to.

ShareWIK: Surviving Sexual Abuse

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You all may remember the quality video that Sharewik.com producers made of Eric and I. They have published another dynamite testimony on surviving sexual abuse. I know that many of you are sexual abuse survivors and need to be validated […]

Sexual Abuse: My Journey from Survivor to Thriver

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“Memories of sexual abuse and rape suddenly began flooding my consciousness.”

Video: I, Too, Have a Dream

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Because I’m not healed completely and still very paranoid, I was alarmed when I found a video on YouTube entitled “On MLK Day: I, Too, Have a Dream.” I thought, “Oh dear, now I get to hear someone’s venom in […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
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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

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8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
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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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