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Therapy Thursday: Change the Locks

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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. […]

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Just Say No: 10 Steps to Better Boundaries

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how to build better personal boundaries

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Treating Chronic Depression and Anxiety With Hallucinogens and Marijuana

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Johns Hopkins just published an interesting summary of the research out today on treating mood disorders with hallucinogens. In the most recent Depression and Anxiety Health Alert, the author chronicles the history of hallucinogens and how they affect the central […]

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Laugh When You’re Afraid

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“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go in sane,” sings Jimmy Buffett. “Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,” says a Japanese proverb. A sense of humor, for me, is by far the most useful weapon in […]

Mindful Monday: What’s Your Brick Wall?

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This is a piece from my archives. But it’s a good reminder of my brick walls today. “Brick walls are there for a reason,” said Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor who so poignantly taught us how to […]

Exhale: On Antidepressants, Motherhood, and Pregnancy

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Awhile back Christina Gombar of Exhale interviewed me about pregnancy, medication, and motherhood. You can find the original interview by clicking here. Here’s what I had to say:   Christina: In your memoir, “Beyond Blue,” you attribute some of your […]

Therapy Thursday: See With the Heart

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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. […]

Four Steps to Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs

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“Whatever we believe colors the lenses of how we see the world and our very next interaction.”

We Need to Talk: 6 Steps to Better Communication

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In a recent job interview, I was asked, “How would you get your client to see things your way?”   I said, “By seeing things his way first.” The associate looked a little confused, so I continued. “You aren’t going […]

8 Ways to Overcome Envy

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I know that the fastest way to despair is by comparing one’s insides with another’s outsides, and that Max Ehrmann, the author of the classic poem “Desiderata,” was absolutely correct when he said that if you compare yourself with others […]

Mindful Monday: On Courage

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne RadmacherThat’s the gist of this video.To get to the YouTube video click here. * Click here to […]

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder

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The following post is the Afterword of the newly released “Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder” by Valerie Porr. I have reprinted it here with permission of Oxford University Press. There are so many misconceptions about this disorder today. A friend of […]

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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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. […]

Living the Serenity Prayer: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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A few steps by Eileen Flanagan to live the Serenity Prayer.

Antidepressants Useless? Far From It: An Interview with Glenn Treisman

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“We’re so bound up in the DSM that people aren’t able to interpret the data anymore,” says Glenn Treisman. “That’s what’s happened in these studies.”

5 Ways to Manage Autumn Anxiety

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Even as I love the autumn season, it is full of anxiety for me (like every other season, come to think of it). I start to mourn the ending of summer when I hear the cicadas grow louder the last […]

Mindful Monday: Tips to Make Every Moment Matter

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The following passage has been adapted and reprinted with permission from the book “Every Moment Matters: Savoring the Stuff of Life” by John St. Augustine. I found it on the site www.care2com.   Because my life experience has shown me […]

8 Ways to Manage Anxiety on an Anniversary

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Most of us circle a few days of the calendar year that we know will be difficult to get through: the anniversary of a death, traumatic event, or even happy occasion. These dates are charged with emotion.  September 11 falls […]

Therapy Thursday: Wake Up to Prayer

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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. […]

5 Ways to Pray Together as a Couple

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Consider for a moment these statistics: According to the Americans for Divorce Reform, the divorce rate in this country will stay at somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of marriages if current trends continue. And Jennifer Baker of the Forest […]

Prozac AND Potatoes

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In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into […]

4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Immune System

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I read a very good and concise article in “Remedy Magazine” (Health and Wellness for Life) on how to boost your mental immune system by psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, M.D., medical director of the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at […]

How Do You Treat Empty-Nest Depression?

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Several mom friends of mine have lately come down with a bad case of “empty-nest depression”–moms who just dropped off their youngest offspring to college, or moms having difficulty keeping busy now that the youngest is in kindergarten all day. […]

Joshua Wolf Shenk: On Creative Relationships

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I’ve mentioned the work of Joshua Wolf Shenk before on Beyond Blue. He is known for his award-winning book on Abraham Lincoln’s melancholy, and is a gifted writer who is able to explain very confusing theories and topics in language […]

Eileen Flanagan: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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Here’s a great excerpt from Eileen Flanagan’s book “The Wisdom to Know the Difference,” now available in paperback! Learning to live with trust does not happen overnight, just as the spiritual practices in this book are not necessarily learned in a […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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According to Kevin Culligan, O.C.D, manic depression can mimic the behavior of someone growing in her spiritual life. Hey, that’s great news for me! The next time I get manic and tell an inappropriate joke to a colleague, I can […]

Am I Depressed or Just Deep?

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A psychologist and psychiatrist weigh in on “heroic melancholy.”

Therapy Thursday: Keep Showing Up

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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. […]

12 Ways to Keep Going

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A Beyond Blue reader recently asked me to forward this piece to her. I needed to read it again, too … to try to find the dogged determination within me to stay focused on hope, not hopelessness. A woman who […]

Statistics You Should Know About College Depression

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Since it is going back-to-school season, I thought I’d educate you on some alarming statistics about depression among college students. Here are the facts, just the facts:   * One out of every five young people and one out of […]

Warning Signs of College Depression

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I grabbed the following information from BehindHappyFaces.com. Changes in feelings such as fear and anger are a normal part of life. Personal situations, such as a family divorce, loss of a job, or strained relationships with family or friends can […]

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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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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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