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Workarounds that Work: Russell Bishop’s Wise Advice for 2011

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Here’s an appropriate post for New Year’s Eve! How to organize your life! So that everything that happens in 2011 will fit into a nice, neat category. Sort of. My only resolution this year is to become more organized in […]

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Video: The Season of Angels

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Yes, I do believe in angels. This is why. * Click here to subscribe to Beyond Blue and click here to follow Therese on Twitter and click here to join Group Beyond Blue, a depression support group. Now stop clicking.

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Angels In My Hair: This Life Has Meaning

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The following excerpt is reprinted from “Angels In My Hair: The True Story of a Modern-Day Mystic” with permission by Doubleday. Since this is the season of angels and hope and miracles, I thought you’d like read it. One particular […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

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I know what you’re thinking: another cheesy, goody-two-shoes article on how I can keep all those goals I’ve set going into 2010. If you abhor such articles (like 10 ways to de-clutter your bathroom), then keep on reading. I’m like […]

Baboushka: A Russian Folk Tale

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A wonderful Russian Folk Tale about the Magi.

7 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Year Round

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Ah, the magic and wonder of the holiday season … It has even my fragile and anxious brain abandoning the logical, reasoning, and uptightness of the left side, and relying on a feast of senses–fresh evergreen, Christmas carolers, winter wonderlands, […]

A Christmas Classic: You Can Keep Christmas

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From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world–stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death–and that the blessed life which began […]

Video: O Holy Night

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This is what Christmas means to me: the return of hope, the season of joy, the spirit of love. A very merry Christmas (and Happy Holidays, of course) to all my Beyond Blue readers! * Click here to subscribe to Beyond […]

Why I Love Christmas Eve

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This is why I love Christmas Eve. From Cistercian Abbot Andre Louf about the beauty and joy of Christmas night: That is the joyful message of the night of Christmas: if the little child who was born in Bethlehem is […]

The Perfect Christmas Gift: The Encouragement Box

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The following post was written by Diana Keough, who created ShareWIK.com. Since you all know how important my self-esteem file is, I thought you’d enjoy her story. You can find the original post at ShareWIK.com. Every year, buying Christmas presents […]

The Magnificat … Mary’s Song of Praise

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In celebration of Christmas, I always like to remember Mary’s beautiful song of praise.   And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my savior, For he has looked with favor on the lowliness […]

The First Day of Winter: 12 Winter Depression Busters

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We’ve officially entered the hard months, the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say: the time of the year when the sun disappears and the pale complexions of your friends remind you that you had better take […]

Mindful Monday: Finding Christmas

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This reflection was from two years ago, but is still very real every Christmas. I’m starting to understand Christmas as the season where Christ comes to visit you in the most unexpected ways. If you can only quiet yourself for […]

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

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The annoying holiday letter. You know what I’m talking about, right? Here’s how it should read.

Video: The Miracle of the Poinsettia

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Three years ago I taped this video about the evolution of Beyond Blue. I read aloud a few letters from Beyond Blue readers. Thank you, again, for your continued support. I always love to hear from you. To view the […]

Video: The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas

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Holiday depression advice takes a creative turn for the worst.

The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas: The Lyrics

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Here are the lyrics to my “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” I meant to publish them with the video, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise … because you would know what’s coming next. However, I didn’t take […]

ShareWIK: Depression Before the Holidays

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Tips for holiday depression and holiday stress management.

Does Depression Affect Work? Um…Yeah

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The following is a guest post from John D. at Storied Mind. You can get to his original blog post by clicking here. One of the hardest admissions I have had to make about the effect of depression was to […]

Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus

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The following post, originally posted in December 2006, is one of my favorites for this season. I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed […]

There’s Something About Mary

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I think about Mary often this time of year. More than usual, which is a lot.   Mary loves desperate people–the ones who have already tried Jesus and, for whatever reason, didn’t get results. That’s how my mom explained it […]

The Memorare

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I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation: […]

Believe Without Seeing

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All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

The Dark Night

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It’s probably no coincidence that I chose the poem “The Dark Night” composed by Carmelite mystic John of the Cross as the topic of my senior thesis back when I was a religious studies major in college. The poem is […]

7 Ways to Manage Your Diabetic (or Sugar Sensitive) Waistline During the Holidays

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7 tips for all of us who are sugar-sensitive to stay on track during the holidays.

21 Holiday Stress Busters

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Tips for holiday stress management

Mindful Monday: A Child Has Been Born

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A Classic Christmas: Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature, and Treasured Verse and Scripture

John Grohol: 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

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John Grohol of Psych Central has written an excellent article about how to keep the joy in the holidays. Here are the first four tips, and you can read the rest by clicking here…. The Christmas season is upon us once […]

Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

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If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But we need as many laughs this holiday season as is possible. CHRISTMAS DISORDERS and CAROLS 1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear? 2. Multiple Personality Disorder […]

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays.

Wednesday Martin: 10 Tips for Stepfamilies During the Holidays

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Great tips for stepfamily sanity during the holidays by the author of “Stepmonster.”

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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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