Beyond Blue
August 2011 Archives

In order to make a decision, you have to perceive a situation correctly. Which is why I’m unable to deliberate when I’m depressed: I can’t see. With the amygdala and hippocampus regions of the brain suffering cell shrinkage and death–spreading […]

“The opposite of depression isn’t happiness,” explained Dr. Peter Kramer in an interview with Johns Hopkins, “it’s resilience.” One of the best books on that topic is Robert Wick’s “Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.” I keep it on my shelf […]

The other day I wrote a post on how to stay productive when you are clinically depressed. I mentioned that, at my rock bottom, I had to take a break altogether from writing, as every time I sat down in […]

“Sometimes you gotta go through hell to get to heaven.” That’s what Rocky said. Countless writers and philosophers agree with him. Kahlil Gibran writes this about pain in his classic, “The Prophet”: Your pain is the breaking of the shell […]

I’ve talked about Joshua Wolf Shenk before because his book, “Lincoln’s Melancholy,” was deeply inspiring to me back in Fall of 2005. I remember the exact moment in which I heard excerpts of it. I was sitting in my son’s […]

It is an honor for me to publish the following piece by Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine, because I find him to be one of the most fascinating […]

Today I have the honor of interviewing Vivian Eisenecher, author of “Recovering Me, Discovering Joy,” and a sought after speaker, mentor and writer since 1996. Her other published works include articles for “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and Woman’s World. […]

Since many of you, Beyond Blue readers, have lost a loved one to suicide, and since a few people in my community have taken their lives this summer, I thought I would publish a thorough list of resources compiled by […]

Daniel Lukasik over at Lawyers With Depression has published a guest post by Cincinnati, Ohio attorney Tabitha M. Hochscheid, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC. In this moving tribute, she writes about […]

The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, “Understanding Depression,” was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and […]