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Seeking Happily Ever After: Some Tips for Singles

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 40 percent of adults were single in 2009. Researchers have found that the “single stigma” is worst for women in their mid-20’s through mid-30’s. Women 35 and older are more content with their […]

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Mindful Monday: Mother Teresa On Prayer

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Three years ago, Mother Teresa graced the cover of Time magazine when her private writings were published, many of the excerpts filled with surprising doubt, despair, and a kind of spiritual anguish. I was lucky enough to get one of […]

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My Mind Is Not Always My Friend

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Um. Before you say, “duh???,” let me just say that the title of this post is the title of a new insightful book by Steven J. Fogel, business leader and Renaissance man, with Mark Rosin. A refreshing combination of psychology […]

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Diana Keough: Death Row Inmate Teaches Me About God’s Grace

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I wanted to share the following story with you by Diana Keough, the editor-in-chief of ShareWIK and the mother of four sons, because I was truly inspired by it when she told me it the day we met. A friend […]

Therapy Thursday: Dance in the Rain

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Depression: Learning How to Dance In the Rain

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Gosh. If ever there were a movie made of my life, this would be it! It’s the 4:43 minute version of my book, “Beyond Blue.” I guess if you just joined this blog, or were wondering if anyone else besides […]

Knowing When It’s Time to End Therapy

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Part of my anxiety in job searching has to do with therapy and how I will pull it off if I have to work a 9 to 5 office job. Which, then, lead me to the thought: Is it time […]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I think of that several times a day thanks to a generous artist I know, Anya Getter, who sent me a beautiful painting of a woman with courage.  […]

Mindful Monday: Love After Love

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For today’s Mindful Monday, I thought I’d post Derek Walcott’s classic poem, “Love After Love.” It has become a powerful text for me in my recovery. The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your […]

The Good Men Project: Midlife Age Suicide

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Dan Fields, freelance health writer and former editor in chief of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self-Healing newsletter, recently sent me a link to his piece for a cool new online publication called “The Good Men Project Magazine.” I was especially intrigued […]

Everyday Health: What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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I’m always on the lookout for articles that touch on ways to communicate to a friend or family member who is depressed because, well, it’s a delicate issue and one that deserves some education. I found this quiz on Everyday […]

8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope

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Depression and bipolar disorder are family diseases. Everyone sharing a kitchen and a bathroom is affected. In fact, in his book “Understanding Depression,” J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., writes that “depression … has a much greater impact on marital life […]

Therapy Thursday: Count to Four

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

7 Quick Ways to Avoid a Meltdown

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When you feel like strangling the guy in front of you at Target, read these “7 Quick Ways to Calm Down,” or as the Huffington Post renamed them,  “7 Quick Ways to Avoid a Meltdown,” I laughed at the art that went with […]

On Mourning the Death of a Pet

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My friend, Priscilla, just lost her best friend (okay, after her husband, Jimmy). On her blog, she writes: Our beloved golden retriever died this morning, peacefully, after spending a wonderful week by our side on Martha’s Vineyard, at the beach, […]

15 Ways to Stop Obsessing

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For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts, with severe ruminations that can interfere with daily life. My thoughts get stuck on something and like a broken record, repeat a certain fear over and over and […]

An 8-Step Lifestyle Management Regimen

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Ever feel like you lose sight of the forest (your diagnosis or token illness) because you are too busy fighting your symptoms? Bill Chipur of Chipur.com has this 8 step “lifestyle management regimen.” I thought it was worth sharing: Self-honest […]

Mindful Monday: Prayers for Jobs and Money

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I usually don’t ask God outright for the goodies. I mean, clearly he knows my intentions. But I’ve always thought the best prayer was simply to ask for the strength to do whatever is God’s will, as long as his […]

6 Steps to Improve Your Marriage

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I usually stay away from these kinds of lists–at least ones compiled by other people, because I know my own advice is so right (kidding)–but my therapist friend, Elvira Aletta has a way of crafting advice pieces in a way […]

9 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage (the Gallery)

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According to Peggy Vaughan, the author of “The Monogamy Myth,” 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an affair at some point in their marriage. In other words, the person who stays monogamous within her marriage […]

Letter to Congress: Physicians and Hospitals Need Protection Too

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The following blog post is by Dora Calott Wang, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she received her […]

Dr. Ken Duckworth On Treating Bipolar Disorder

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Aside from my own psychiatrist, Dr. Smith, there are few doctors that can explain a confusing and complex condition like Bipolar Disorder with such clarity as the medical director of NAMI, Dr. Ken Duckworth. Three years ago, I had the […]

5 Good Reasons to Track Your Mood: An Interview with James Bishop

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my first Internet buddies, James Bishop, who runs the site FindingOptimism.com and writes the Finding Optimism blog which has been voted as one of the top depression blogs by Psych Central. […]

The Man Who Did Not Take His Medicine and the Dog Who Saved Him

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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Olajide Williams, a general neurologist with special interest in stroke. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University. The following story is an excerpt from his book, “Stroke Diaries,” which is a […]

Mindful Monday: The Prayer of Thomas Merton

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I’ve posted this prayer by Thomas Merton on Beyond Blue before, but it has brought me such comfort in the last few weeks that I wanted to share it all with you again. My Lord God, I have no idea […]

6 Favorite Prayers

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Here are my six favorite prayers … what are yours? The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the […]

8 Ways to Stop Holding a Grudge

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I loved these bits of advice from Beliefnet’s Renita Williams. Click here to see the original gallery. We all have experienced hurt and pain in our lives. Sometimes we are exposed to experiences so painful that they leave marks that […]

9 Lessons for Caregivers Through Serious Illness

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The late thirties and early forties can be the most stressful time of a person’s life if they are caring for their parents while raising children of their own. A few of my friends have become the primary or second […]

12 Depression Busters for Caregivers

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tips for caregivers depression

Tipper and Al Gore: Why Divorce After 40 Years?

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I’m the skeptical, jaded type who believes the passionate kiss former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper exchanged in front of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2004 was most likely staged. But I am truly puzzled, […]

12 Depression Busters for Divorce

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A dozen tips for battling depression after divorce.

Eating Disorders: It’s Generational

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The folks at ShareWIK.com have, once again, produced a polished video that communicates the complexity of an eating disorder, and how relationships contribute to the illness. Mom and daughter candidly talk about their relationship, their habits, and how the mother […]

Ginger Emas: Men Get Eating Disorders, Too

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Ginger Emas at ShareWIK.com has written an interesting piece about men and eating disorders. It piqued my interest because a friend of mine once asked me if she should be concerned about her son’s eating habits. He counted calories, stayed […]

Mindful Monday: The Parable of the Sower

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One of my favorite scripture passages–the one Eric and I actually used for our wedding ceremony–is the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13:   That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such […]

Video: Henri Nouwen and the Spiritual Life

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In “The Inner Voice of Love,” spiritual author Henri Nouwen writes: You can look at your life as a large cone that becomes narrower the deeper you go. There are many doors in that cone that give you chances to […]

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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