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Extinguishing Anxiety: Know Your Triggers!

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Anxiety arrives much like a surprise visit from an unwanted guest. You can be sailing along in your recovery program, doing all the right things, and then, BAM! You feel like you need to grab the paper bag you used […]

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12 Depression Busters for the Unemployed

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The unemployment rate today has skyrocketed to approximately 10% and is forecasted to stay above 9.5 percent for the rest of 2011. For the first time in American history, more women are working than men because close to 80 percent […]

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On Memorial Day: Prayers for Our Soldiers

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The following prayers are from “A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.” FOR GOD’S HELP Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy protection, and in all […]

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May Is Mental Health Month: An Interview with Filmmaker Kathy Leichter

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Since May is Mental Health Month, I thought I would feature an interview with award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Kathy’s mother, Nina Leichter, who suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide in 1995. Last year, Leichter completed filming for “Here One Day” […]

Video: Inside My Self-Esteem File

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Beyond Blue veterans will recognize this video … one of my first attempts at talking to my computer as if it could hear me, in which I read some of the letters in my self-esteem file. For newbies, here is […]

Therapy Thursday: Make a Self-Esteem File

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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. […]

6 Reasons Why It’s Good to Be a Loser

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It was impossible to miss the white sign that hung over the wall of Saint Mary’s high school lacrosse field yesterday. The thing was as tall as our two-story house with letters as big as construction cranes. With just one […]

Now What? Depression at Graduation (Or Any Transition)

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With Commencement often comes an emptiness, a sense of loss. Much joy and relief, yes. But also a “what the hell do I do now?” response.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality of Failure

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I think God must be trying to scream a message to me, because the last three books I’ve been asked to review are all about the spirituality of imperfection or failure … of finding grace in our brokenness, and how […]

Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

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Over the weekend I delivered the Commencement address to my alma mater, Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. I was extremely honored and worked hard on the speech (75 drafts) to make sure I delivered a message that I […]

God Spelled Backwards Is Dog: Heavenly Canine Companions

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Since I have two very sweet lab-chow mutts at home—one of which was a very important companion in the years I was severely depressed–I was delighted to see that angel expert Joan Wester Anderson had dedicated her next volume to […]

Understanding Hoarding: An Interview with Melinda Beck

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I’m a huge fan of Wall Street Journal columnist Melinda Beck. I follow her insightful “Health Journal,” and was especially intrigued by her two-part series on hoarding: how to help the hoarder and how to deal with it as a […]

The 8 Best Spiritual Sound Bites of Graduation Advice

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I can’t remember all the speeches at my commencement ceremony. But I do remember looking up on the stage to see my best friend, the valedictorian of our class, sitting there among all the luminaries, and wondering how in the […]

12 Depression Busters for Seniors

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12 tips for seniors struggling with depression and anxiety.

Mindful Monday: On Being Still

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I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope  For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love  For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith  But the faith and […]

Hope and the Other Tools to Fight Depression

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On the combox of my post, “Suffering: the Irritant That Produces the Pearl,” a reader wrote: In you I see a woman who runs and kayaks and all the things that exhaust me just to read. As a read about […]

Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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I never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who […]

Therapy Thursday: Catch Your Breath

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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. […]

Therapy Thursday: Choose a Mantra

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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 Science of Romance: The Love Drug

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On the combox of my post “The Emotional Affair,” Beyond Blue reader Michael wrote: I’m totally confused and caught up in this person. Some years go by without us speaking, but we always come back to each other. Convenience, you […]

12 Depression Busters for Caregivers

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Nearly one-third of people caring for terminally ill loved ones suffer from depression according to research from Yale University. About one in four family caregivers meet the clinical criteria of anxiety. And a recent study found that 41 percent of […]

Everyone Has a Guardian Angel

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Does everyone have a guardian angel? Mike Leach, author of “Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question” thinks so. This is one of my favorite sections of his book. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings […]

Tom McGrath: Wonders Are All Around Us

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Do you ever get stuck in your own gloomy thoughts? Catholic parenting expert Tom McGrath suggests looking through the eyes of a child. If you do, he says, you’ll see that light shines through darkness and that joy is yours to […]

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This Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8, 2011 – the 3rd annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health will be held online, featuring 24 open letters to pregnant and new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. All […]

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

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It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You’re pretty sure none of your new-mom […]

10 Great Moms of the 20th Century

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I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day! They are activists, humorists, Holocaust survivers, writers, first ladies, and missionaries. But first and foremost, they are moms. And, in my opinion, some of the best. As a relatively new mom, I could learn […]

Authenticity and Integrity: Two Spiritual Pillars

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Two years ago I asked prominent psychiatrist and bestselling author Peter Kramer to endorse my manuscript, Beyond Blue. I have been thinking about his response ever since. He told me that he no longer blurbs books, because to blurb a […]

The Five Ways We Grieve: A New Perspective

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Back in the mid-twentieth century, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—and they stuck. Heck, I just wrote about them last month. According to Susan Berger, researcher and practitioner in the health and mental […]

Does Depression Shrink Your Brain? James Potash, M.D.–How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Below, I have reprinted a fascinating article by James Potash, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Mood Disorders Program (where I graduated with the help of Dr. Smith) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. More […]

12 Depression Busters for Divorced People

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Divorce is the second most stressful life event, preceded only by the death of a spouse. And what is stress is capable of? Expediting a severe bout of depression and anxiety to your limbic system (the brain’s emotional center) if […]

5 Tips If You Love Someone with Mental Illness

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I loved this post by Elvira Aletta, Ph.D. on Psychcentral! To view the entire post, click here. I have excerpted her five tips for people who love persons afflicted with mental illness. 1) Be informed. Go to the library or […]

Mindful Monday: A Time to Listen

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I really enjoyed reading the essays in Ellen Michaud’s book, “Blessed: Living a Grateful Life.” She begins the collection with a beautiful piece called “A Time to Listen.” Here it is… In a world that has too many abrupt changes—in […]

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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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