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March 2011 Archives

10 Real Ways to Overcome Embarrassment

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I recently wrote a post for Blisstree.com on overcoming embarrassments. You can find it here. I’ve excerpted from it below. There’s a reason why we say we’re dying of embarrassment. Because while we’re in the midst of an embarrassing episode, […]

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Therapy Thursday: Celebrate Your Mistakes

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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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10 Things You SHOULD Say to a Depressed Loved One

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The other day I covered 10 things you should not say to a loved one if you don’t want your name to come up in her therapy sessions. It covered a lot of ground, so I get why some folks […]

12 Things I Learned in High School

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Awhile back I returned to my high school alma mater and spoke to the high school students. Here’s the gist of my message: 12 Things I Learned in High School. 1. Act as if you belong. In 12-step support groups […]

The Sugar Lady: What’s Your Obsession Really About?

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One of the most difficult parts of my recovery from depression and anxiety is the obsessions that can accompany a period of instability. Just when I think I’ve reached a plateau of relative peace, something happens—usually involving a mistake, weakness, […]

The Least Harmful Addiction

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This post is from my archives, but since I’m lining up my vices these days to measure which one is most lethal, I thought I’d republish it. Thanks to Reader Peg, who posted the following comment on the “The Happy […]

Mindful Monday: Words of Light in Darkness

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For today’s meditation, I pulled together a bunch of my favorite sayings and quotes that I read on the hard days. I hope they help you too. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when […]

The Seven Questions Project: An Interview with Ryan Howes

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Since I was supposed to meet Ryan Howes today at a psychotherapy convention in DC but couldn’t because I’m in Norfolk, VA meeting all the new owners of Beliefnet, I thought I’d publish my interview with him from awhile back. […]

10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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CBS News and Health.com recently published a nice gallery listing what you SHOULD tell a depressed love one and what you SHOULD NOT. I have my own list. Here are 10 things you definitely DON’T want to say, a collection […]

Therapy Thursday: Catch the Snowball

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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 Silence Your Inner Critic

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(Image by Stephen Webster/Wall Street Journal) Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an amazingly accurate and helpful article in the Wall Street Journal about the self-criticism that so often accompanies depression and anxiety. Not only was I delighted that she approached such […]

What Kind of Worrier Are You?

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In her new book, “The Solution: Conquer Your Fear, Control Your Future,” bestselling author and motivational speaker Lucinda Bassett lists 13 types of worriers. I found the categories rather interesting because, I’m not sure whether or not you’ve picked up […]

Mindful Monday: A Moment of Oneness

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The following excerpt is one of my favorites from a wonderful new book called “Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question” by my long-time mentor and friend, Mike Leach. He also just started a blog, also called “Why […]

Wash Your Face With Your Hands: On Protecting Yourself From Hidden Toxins

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Okay, before I start, I’d like to say that I do shave my armpit hair, and wear antiperspirant when going to any public event. I don’t hang out under trees all day, though I do occasionally hug them.  HOWEVER, I […]

Nerve: 12 Ways to Be Afraid (and Keep Your Cool)

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Taylor Clark has written a very compelling and insightful book about anxiety, our amygdala (fear center in the brain), and, in general, what makes us freak out in his new book, “Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Your Tense Right

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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. […]

Japan: Where Is God?

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As of yesterday morning, the official death toll from Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and killer tsunami has passed 2400.   I’m not sure what more to say than this: the families mourning the 2,414 people who have been confirmed dead, the […]

Patrick Tracey: Stalking Irish Madness–Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia

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I have something very special planned for the Feast of the Irish, I mean, St. Patrick’s Day! No other than the most famous Irish author writing today: Patrick Tracey, who penned an amazing book, “Stalking Irish Madness Searching for the […]

Jeff Golliher: Moving Through Fear

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I read anything I can get my hands on regarding fear. Because I figure if I can get rid of fear in my limbic system (home to the emotions) then everything else in my life will run very smoothly. In […]

12 Ways to Pray During Lent

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This blog post has been also featured as a Beliefnet gallery. To get there click here. Lent, the 40 days preceding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, is supposed to be a time of fasting, where we chocoholics take […]

Mindful Monday: Empty Yourself This Lent

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For me Lent is about emptying–a glass, a basket, a soul–so that it can be filled up again…with wine (or sparkling cider), peeps (think Easter basket), and hope. The forty days before Easter is one big humbling exercise–where you remind […]

God’s Love Is Enough

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Most of the time I’m perfectly happy to be as transparent as I am online and in print. I have great days like the one last week when the mayor recognized me at a coffee shop and told me his […]

The Intuitive Investor: An Interview with Jason Apollo Voss

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So the day after I was laid off, this book called “The Intuitive Investor” shows up. Pretty good timing, I’d say. And while the topic would not be one I would normally pick up, I was especially intrigued by the […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Up Eight Times

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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. […]

Video: 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 […]

8 Ways to Boost Your Will Power

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Did you know that will power is like coal? We have a limited amount, and it can very well run out before your husband buys your lot. I am pretty sure that I used up a fair chunk in my […]

Understanding Faith and Depression: The Ashes This Year Were Perfect (Staying Open to Grace Is Enough)

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I was so moved by this essay on faith and depression composed by an anonymous Beyond Blue reader. I hope you find as much hope in it as I did. There is a dark smudge on my forehead. I am […]

The Samaritan Woman, Loneliness, and the Living Water

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On the combox of my post, “Don’t Go to a Hardware Store for Tomatoes,” Beyond Blue reader Anne Costa wrote: Reminds me of the woman at the well. She went looking for the counterfeit, second rate kind of living water […]

Mindful Monday: The Legend of the Two Wolves

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There is popular Native American legend, a Cherokee tale, called “Two Wolves” that I come across often in spiritual and psychological literature and lectures: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” […]

Life Is Like a Game of Candy Land

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Image credit Peggy Dembicer “Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates,” said Forrest Gump in the 1994 film. Yeah, well I think it’s more like a game of Candy Land. We’ve been averaging about three games a […]

50 Natural Antidepressants to Beat the Winter Blues

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We aren’t to spring just yet….These great suggestions are from a cool nursing school blog/website. You can get to this blog and others by clicking here. In the wintertime, it can be hard to stay cheery. With dreary weather, lots […]

The Addictive Personality: Why Recovery Is a Lifetime Thing

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In his insightful book, “The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior,” author Craig Nakken explains why, even after an addict has given up the bottle or the weed, she will never be done with recovery:   Addiction […]

Therapy Thursday: Team 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. […]

Regarding the Midlife Crisis …

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Since I turned 40 over the weekend, I thought we’d discuss the midlife crisis and whether or not it exists… Am I having a midlife crisis? Hard to say. Things, for the most part, seem to be getting harder, not […]

13 Ways to Make Friends on Mermaids of the Lake

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A cool website and “lifestyle publication for women and creative, smart, fun articles” called “Mermaids of the Lake” published my blog, “13 Ways to Make Friends” on their site yesterday. You can find their site at mermaidsofthelake.com!

From the Naked Consultant to Associate Editor at Psych Central

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Yesterday was my first day as Associate Editor at Psych Central! As I indicated in my Beyond Blue post “Be You Very Well,” I was able to patch enough writing and editorial jobs together to stay away from the corporate […]

Tamar Chansky: How to Practice Safe Optimism

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I interviewed psychologist Tamar Chansky awhile back on the place of optimism in recovery from depression. I very much liked her post on the Huffington Post, on how to practice safe optimism in this economy. I have published an excerpt […]

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