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July 2010 Archives

Let Me Live Until I Die: An Interview with Thea Bowman

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Following are excerpts from an interview with Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister who became a huge inspiration to black Catholic communities, and to wider circles for her joy and gratitude, her nobility of spirit, and her very real spirituality. The […]

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18 Ways to Manage Stress

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In her insightful book, “The Superstress Solution,” Roberta Lee, M.D. assesses the stress level in most homes today, and offers a word of caution about chronic stress. In her introduction, she writes:   We’re deluding ourselves if we think that […]

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How Stressed Are You? Take the SuperStress Quiz

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Holly Lebowitz Rossi posted a stress quiz awhile back from Dr. Roberta Lee’s book, “The SuperStress Solution.”  Visit this post to take the quiz. * Click here to subscribe to Beyond Blue and click here to follow Therese on Twitter and click […]

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6 Steps to Manage Anger

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I don’t really think of myself as having a hot temper. But I do have trouble speaking up when something starts to bother me. Thus, the irritant builds and builds, and instead of becoming a pearl, like a grain of […]

Jill Bolte Taylor: A Stroke of Insight

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Many of you may have seen the Ted video by Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist and spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center who survived a stroke in 1996, at age 37, to describe the shifts in her brain […]

Mindful Monday: Losing Our Fear of Rest

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I have been having a difficult time writing the “Mindful Monday” posts lately because I’m the opposite of mindful these days. You know how the Buddhist monks talk about the swinging monkeys of the brain, and how you need to […]

A 12-Step Meeting On the Air: An Interview with Denise McIntee

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In April I had the privilege of being interviewed on “Steppin’ Out Radio” by WABC-TV Sports Anchor and Reporter Scott Clark. Producer Denise McIntee formed her company, Powerful Radio Productions, to communicate true stories of inspiration and recovery from substance […]

12 Addiction Zappers

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By far my most popular post is the gallery, “12 Depression Busters.” But those suggestions were actually a response to Beyond Blue reader Peg’s query on how to stop smoking. They absolutely do help a person fight depression and the […]

Depression TV From WebMD

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Awhile back a producer from WebMD contacted me and asked me to solicit volunteers to be interviewed and videotaped for a cool series of videos on depression. I sent him a list of names, those of you who said you […]

Video: Living With Depression (the Hardest Part)

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If you had to pick one thing about depression that was the most difficult to live with, what would it be? (I know. It’s hard. There’s so many to choose from!) Here’s my choice … the inner critic that says […]

Surviving Domestic Violence: An Interview with Kathy Lockhart

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Today I have the honor of interviewing a woman who is a survivor in all meanings of that word. Kathy Lockhart is a professional Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Virginia and a […]

Signs That You’re In an Abusive Relationship

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I thought the following chart I found on helpguide.org might be helpful for those of you wondering if your relationship is abusive.

Getting Sober: Hope In the Rooms and Online

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Recovering alcoholics say there is magic to be found in the rooms of their support groups. I have experienced and benefitted from that, but, like others can’t name the exact ingredient of the meetings that has healing faculties.   Tara […]

Drinking Diaries: On Rejecting Addiction and Drama

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I was recently invited by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein who write and compile the fun blog, “Drinking Diaries” to contribute my two-cents on where I am with the whole drinking thing. Check out the other interesting pieces […]

Mindful Monday: Enjoy the Scenary

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I was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, […]

Anna Quindlen: Enjoy the View

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Another story that helps me to put things into proper perspective is a passage from Anna Quindlen’s “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” The text was originally her commencement address to Villanova University. Click here for the entire speech. […]

Black Pain: An African American Woman Exposes and Reduces Stigma in the Black Community

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I first learned about the (even greater than among white folks) stigma of mental illness in the Black community when I participated in a six-week outpatient program at Laurel Hospital. Half the group was African American, and I got to […]

Why Suicide? An Interview with Eric Marcus

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing New York Times bestselling author Eric Marcus on the important topic of suicide. Eric is the author of several books, including “Is It A Choice?, Making Gay History,” and “Together Forever.” He is […]

Mel Gibson’s Tirade and the 10 Top Myths of Bipolar Disorder

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Here’s a query I just read from ABC News: If he were playing the part of an incensed, maniacal,foul-mouthed boyfriend on screen, Mel Gibson’s latest tirade may have won him an Oscar. Instead, it could prove to be crucial evidence […]

Staying Together (Despite the Kids)

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Awhile back my friend Michelle said to the congregation at her husband’s funeral service: “He never spoke an unkind word to me.”   Another girlfriend and I looked at each other, jaws dropped. And then she whispered, “They didn’t have […]

Why Relationships Change After Marriage and Why Loyalty Brings Happiness

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A recent Northwestern University study found that what makes a person a good dating partner might not determine who is a suitable spouse. For couples in both a dating relationship and a marriage, an important contributor to a satisfying relationship […]

Mindful Monday: 6 Helpful Prayers to Know

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With all the uncertainty that’s going on in my life, I’m trying to cling to prayer as much as I can, to continually ask God to guide me in a direction that best promotes His peace in this world. Ironically, […]

Margarita Tartakovsky: Debunking 7 Depression Myths

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Margarita Tartakovsky who pens the lucent and substantive blog, “Weightless,” on PsychCentral has compiled a compelling list of depression myths, and then demystyfies them with impressive research and insight. I encourage you to read her original blog, “Depression Myths and […]

Katherine Stone: Why Do I Think About Harming My Baby?

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I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine Stone, creator of the most successful postpartum depression website, “Postpartum Progress,” in person at a BlogHer convention in 2007. We bonded immediately as we shared so many experiences in common. ShareWIK, the folks […]

Katherine Stone: 5 Things Every New Mother Should Know About Postpartum Depression

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One of Katherine’s most popular blog post is “5 Things Every New Mother Should Know About PPD.” It is certainly worth featuring on Beyond Blue. I was recently asked to put together a list of things women should know about […]

News Corp Sells Beliefnet to BN Media

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News flash! News Corp Has Sold Beliefnet to BN Media, a holding company that has investments in Affinity4, a marketer that raises funding for charities, ministries, and other non-profit organizations, and Cross Bridge, which offers online distribution of audio-video content for […]

Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret

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When I attended the Mental Health America conference a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of eating lunch with Washington Post journalist Steve Luxenberg, a moderator at the conference. He kindly inscribed for me a copy of his fascinating […]

Mindful Monday: The Old Man and His Horse–A Matter of Perspective

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A few people lately have reminded me of the Chinese parable “The Old Man and His Horse.” You’ve probably heard it. I publish it here not to say that all your problems are actually blessings. But what can often seem […]

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

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The maxim, “Where one door shuts, another opens,” is quoted, most famously, in the 21st chapter of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes’s classic, “Don Quixote.”

What Depression Does To Your Body

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Most people don’t think depression affects any other organ besides the brain. However, recent studies are finding that depression affects a host of other disorders. Among the conditions are these, just posted from a Johns Hopkins newsletter that I subscribe […]

6 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Alright, nothing like giving you guys more fodder to obsess and fret about, eh? Here are six more things that might be wrong with you … and you never want to ignore because, well, your life might end (and we […]

Just Keep Swimming: How Swimming Reduces Depression

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I’ve always known that I climb out of any pool a lot happier than when I dove in. Yes, I know any kind of aerobic exercise relieves depression. For starters, it stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder + Fish = Disaster

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Here’s an entry from my archives that you’ll appreciate. Maybe. If you have a sense of humor. And are a tad OCDish like me. The most challenging part of my sprint triathlon last weekend had nothing to do with physical […]

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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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