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April 2011 Archives

Staying Happy in Bad Times

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Suffering: The Irritant that Produces the Pearl

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The other day I wrote a post for Psych Central about suffering. I was a tad nervous posting it, because somehow I think I should have a more optimistic philosophy about life, and that I should be a more positive […]

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Therapy Thursday: Take Good Notes

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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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People’s Profile of Catherine Zeta Jones and Bipolar II

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I must admit, when I picked up the copy of People magazine with Catherine Zeta Jones on the cover, I was nervous to read what was between the covers. Because I don’t trust Hollywood’s coverage of mood disorders. I mean, […]

Kay Redfield Jamison on Madness and Creativity

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I found the following article at “The Daily Gazette” about Jamison’s seminar on “Madness, Moods, and Creative Achievement” at the Science Center 101 back in 2005. It serves as a good summary of her discussion at Johns Hopkins’s Mood Disorders […]

8 Depression Busters for Teens

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Teenagers are moody. Absolutely. Fluctuations in hormones cause angry outbursts, irritability, emotional hysteria, defiant behavior, and weepiness. So it’s very difficult to tease apart teenage drama from legitimate depression and other mood disorders. However, it’s worth the effort because depression […]

Anne Simpkinson: 5 Favorite Books for Personal Growth

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I enjoyed reading over these picks by Guideposts’s Anne Simpkinson in case you don’t know where to begin to get fed spiritually. To get to her original blog post, click here. 1. Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton Merton, a Trappist […]

Mindful Monday: On Silence and Solitude

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Although I failed to keep my Lenten resolution … that was apparent the day after Ash Wednesday … I did do a good job this Lent of reserving 15 minutes in the morning to read spiritual literature, pray, and sometimes […]

On Good Friday: God of My Bitter Hours

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I thought it was appropriate to share this beautiful reflection of Joyce Rupp’s, inspired by the theologian Karl Rahner, on Good Friday. I found it in a beautiful book of reflections by Joyce Rupp called “Fragments of Your Ancient Name” […]

9 Ways to Live Easter Every Day

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The following piece is also featured as a Beliefnet gallery, which you can get to by clicking here. One of my favorite scripture verses is John 20:15, when Jesus finds Mary Magdalene crying at the door of the tomb and […]

Therapy Thursday: Invite the Bell

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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. […]

On Forgiveness

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The following is an excerpt from a new book called “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate” by Helen Whitney, and is reprinted with permission of the publisher. Her book is based on the PBS documentary. From […]

Coping with Depression: A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach

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I was interviewed recently for a cool site called “Practical Spiritual Healing Guide” on ways I treat my depression and holistic techniques I embrace. Since it’s a good overview of my health philosophies, I thought I’d share it here. To […]

12 Depression Busters for Men

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In Spring 2006 the depression of two very successful men made newspaper headlines in Maryland: Phil Merrill, a renowned publisher, entrepreneur and diplomat in the Washington area took his own life. Eleven days later Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan withdrew […]

Is Your Work Making You Depressed?

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This post was published on Psych Central last week, but I thought many of my Beyond Blue readers would benefit from it, since it probably seems like I never go through a period of time when I can’t be productive. […]

Teresa of Avila: Our Prayers Need Not Be Perfect

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In my daily meditational “Magnificat,” I read an excerpt from Teresa of Avila that gave me hope that we need not have perfect faith for our prayers to be heard by God. She writes: I was alone then without any […]

Tips for Navigating Through the Mental Healthcare System: An Interview with Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite bloggers/writers/professors and just plain talented people out there. Dr. Monica A. Coleman is a minister, scholar, activist, and writer. (Yes, it is possible to be all those things …). […]

Worlds Colliding!

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I published a post recently on Blisstree.com about one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes … the one where George Costanza explains to Jerry what will happen if his worlds collide. Elaine has invited Susan, George’s girlfriend, to a show. It […]

Therapy Thursdays: Be Sincere, Be Select

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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. […]

Springtime Depression: Don’t Worry About Not Being Happy

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(Formerly) Fresh Living blogger Valerie Reiss wrote a poignant post on Springtime depression. I found it very comforting because, although I am energized by the changing of seasons and more sunlight, I also feel pressured during the months of April and […]

Suicides Spike in April and May

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According to J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Although you might think that more people would tend to commit suicide in the dark days of winter, in fact, the peak seasons […]

8 Ways to Let Go (of a person, place, or thing)

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Buddhism asserts that attachment is the primary source of suffering. So then detachment or “non-attachment” would be our ticket out of that pain. Except that it’s not so easy … letting go of a person, place, or thing that has […]

Mother Teresa’s Prayer of Compassion

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This beautiful prayer by Mother Teresa articulates for me what pure compassion looks like. If it were shorter, I’d have it memorized. (But my spiritual hard drive has very little memory–thus, the post-its and clutter around my desk.) Dear Jesus, […]

8 Survival Tips for the Spouse of a Terminally Ill Person: An Interview With Owen Surman, M.D.

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Owen Stanley Surman, M.D., a practicing hospital psychiatrist known internationally for his work on psychiatric and ethical aspects of solid organ transplantation. Following the death of his wife, Dr. Surman devoted six years […]

Therapy Thursday: Bribe Yourself

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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. […]

I Believe In Quitting

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Group Beyond Blue member Drama Queen wrote a powerful piece about breaking the patterns of dysfunction. I loved her essay. Here it is. I believe in quitting.  Growing up in America, in a middle-class home in a suburban community, I […]

What NOT to Say to a Grieving Family

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Harold Kushner explains what NOT to say to a grieving family in his classic “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” using as an illustration the story of Job (the faithful, righteous, and pious man who loses his livestock, house, […]

10 Quotes that Inspire and Motivate …

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I posted this blog recently on PsychCentral. I thought I’d excerpt from it here, but you can find more quotes there. I recently joined “The Psychology Network” on LinkedIn and have been enjoying the discussion among mental health professionals (since […]

Mindful Monday: What Is Hope?

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The following meditation is by Monsignor Giussani, who was the founder of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. I wanted to remind you of the word “hope,” showing you or calling you to realize that hope is an energy, the […]

On April Fool’s Day: Laugh, People, Laugh

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In this video, I go over a few of my humor rules–like you can make fun of yourself all you want, but unless you share the same neurosis with someone, you CANNOT make fun of him. The video was a […]

Does the Internet Promote or Damage Marriage?

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Does Facebook lead to infidelity? Some statistics say so. I will be participating in a webinar on April 4 at 5 p.m. hosted by PBS/This Emotional Life that explores this topic. To prepare, and to get your feedback, I recently […]

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Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
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