Beyond Blue
April 2011 Archives

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]