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January 2011 Archives

Mindful Monday: Pray As If It’s Your First Time

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The following reflection by Thomas Merton was published in a collection of Merton’s letters entitled “The Hidden Ground of Love.” There must be a time of day when the man who makes plans forgets his plans, and acts as if […]

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An Interview with Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.: On Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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I have mentioned Dr. Elisha Goldstein in a few of my blogs. Psych Central added his blog, “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” just as I was looking more into mindfulness and relaxation techniques myself in order to try to de-stress. Dr. Goldstein […]

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Therapy Thursday: Put On Some Training Wheels

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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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How Do I Erect Personal Boundaries? Control Your Own Drawbridge

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen on erecting personal boundaries.

Elvira Aletta: I’ll Cry If I Want To

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I loved the post by Dr. Eliva G. Aletta on PsychCentral.com about crying. I find it comforting to hear a shrink say that she cries too. (I thought they were immune?) Elvira gives us some history on her philosophy on […]

On Taming Our Amygdala or Monkey Brain

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In “The Emotional Brain,” Joseph LeDoux, a professor of neuroscience at New York University, explains the “fear system” in laboratory animals and humans. The almond-shaped clump of tissue called the amygdala can be a real troublemaker. Whenever you sense potential […]

Mindful Monday: The Bible Says to Chill Out

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In case you didn’t know and you need something to repeat the next time you wig out, scripture is full of “chill out,” “hang tight,” “I got ya covered,” and “we’re cool” verses. Among them: Therefore I tell you, do […]

Motherhood and Depression: An Interview with Tracy Thompson

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Today’s interview is with Tracy Thompson, the author of “The Beast: A Journey Through Depression” and “The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression.” She has won numerous mental health awards, including one from NAMI for […]

Therapy Thursday: Read the Signs

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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 Manage Anxiety

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A dozen tips and techniques for managing anxiety.

Learning How to Read the Paper As a Depressive

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Learning to read the daily newspaper as a depressive is like learning to feed the ducks in Annapolis without getting crapped on by the seagulls: it demands good timing, a certain strategy, and an obnoxiously wide hat (to shield your […]

I, Too, Have a Dream

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Some of you may recognize my dream, but I like to repost it every now and then to keep it alive and give it legs. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I […]

Overcoming the 9 Types of Hopelessness

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how to overcome hopelessness, understanding hopelessness

Therapy Thursday: Pick a Pace

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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. […]

The Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

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Are you more susceptible to illness than other people? Do you have difficulty establishing proper boundaries in relationships, and communicating your needs?  You could be a Type C personality, which makes you more susceptible to illnesses, says Michael Jawer in […]

Video: My Personal Shield

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Last month’s video kind of ruined the surprise of today’s, but I suspect you were asking yourself, “What in the world is that thing she keeps holding up?” Well this week I get to tell you the details. Tune in […]

When Should You Be Hospitalized for Depression?

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I wish psychiatrists sent depressives home with instructions on when to go to the hospital similar to the ones obstetricians give to pregnant women once they reach 37 weeks of gestation: when your contractions last for a minute each and […]

Mindful Monday: What Is Your Epiphany?

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An epiphany can mean several things: an “Aha!” moment after relentless searching and study, the first time you see something (or someone) in its natural form, or the Christian feast commemorating the visit and adoration of the Christ Child by […]

10 Stress Busters

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Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or at least give you a reason to get of bed in the morning. But chronic […]

Therapy Thursday: Stir the Oatmeal

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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. […]

8 Steps to Closure When a Friendship Ends

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Friendships are like marriages. Some evolve into mutually supportive and life-giving bonds while others grow more and more unhealthy, or even toxic. When a friendship ends–abruptly or subtly; via e-mail, phone conversation, or personal confrontation; with words or silence–I believe […]

10 Steps to Conquer Perfectionism

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Perfectionism. It’s the enemy of creativity, productivity, and, well, sanity. In “The Artist’s Way,” author Julia Cameron writes: “Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move head. It is a loop–an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get […]

6 Bipolar Rules for Eating

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The following post is by Hilary Smith, author of “Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar But Were Too Freaked Out to Ask” (Conari Press, 2010) and a cool blog to go with it, “Welcome […]

Mindful Monday: Wisdom Quotes for 2011 and Timeless Talmuldic Ethics For Everyone

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Before I met Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry and lecturer on bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, I did not know what a mensch was. I figured […]

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