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October 2011 Archives

On Halloween: Quotes On Facing Fear

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“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.” –Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi “Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” […]

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On Halloween: 5 Emotional Vampires — and How to Combat Them

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In the spirit of halloween, I thought you’d all appreciate some vampire talk. In her new book, “Emotional Freedom,” UCLA psychiatrist Judith Orloff identifies five kinds of vampires that are lurking around and can zap our energy if we’re not […]

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Therapy Thursday: Honor Your Neurosis

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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 Steps to Starting Your Self-Esteem File

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Five years ago I walked into my therapist’s office feeling like a Krispy-Kreme doughnut: I had no center. Everything I attempted both professionally and personally flopped. I had no sense of self, no confidence, and no faith in myself. I […]

A Dog Named Slugger: How Service Dogs Improve the Lives of Many

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Consider these surprising studies concerning the benefit of trained service dogs to help all kinds of disabilities: A recent survey showed that 82 percent of patients with PTSD who were assigned a dog had a decrease in symptoms, and 40 […]

Mindful Monday: Quotes On Patience

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“The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused, while nature heals the disease.” –Voltaire “The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.” –Chinese Proverb “Every […]

How to Break Your Addiction to a Person

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In his book, “How to Break Your Addiction to a Person,” Howard Halpern first explains what an addictive relationship is, then gives guidelines for recognizing if you’re involved in one. Then, he offers several techniques on how to end an […]

Therapy Thursday: Think Short-Term

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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. […]

Good News for Treatment-Resistant Depression

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I wanted to remind folks who suffer from treatment-resistant depression of the success rate as reported in the Johns Hopkins White Papers: If you’re on an antidepressant and it’s not working, don’t give up on it: You may need a […]

Helping Others Is Good For Your Health: An Interview with Stephen G. Post, PhD

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Mahatma Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have benefited from that advice, for sure, especially in the months that I was crawling out of a very […]

Quotes On Faith

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“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?” –Maurice Freehill “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1 “That nothing is static or […]

Using Music to Relieve Depression

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Caught in a terrible conundrum of whether I should break my diet over New York Super Fudge Chunk or Chunky Monkey at Ben and Jerry’s yesterday, I was reading the different fliers pinned to the community bulletin board inside this […]

Therapy Thursday: Solicit the Pros

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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. […]

16 Ways Depression Is Like a Pumpkin

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Yes. It’s that season where I compare everything to a pumpkin! 1. It comes in all shapes and sizes (and diagnoses). 2. With enough creativity, you can it put it to good use. 3. You have to carefully monitor kids […]

Video: Depression Is Like a Pumpkin

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This is one of my earliest videos but one of my favorites. It is my version of the Zoloft commercial, where the egg chases the butterfly, until he (the egg) poops out. Then, after he takes his meds, he’s back […]

I Am So NOT Sorry: An Exercise in Exposure Therapy

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One form of cognitive behavioral therapy is exposure therapy, where your brain is supposed to form new connections and rewrite the language of your amygdala (fear center), so that it doesn’t associate every dog with the pit bull who took […]

Mindful Monday: Just Listen

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Dr. Remen, who spends her life comforting sick people, wrote this in her chapter “Just Listen” (part of “Kitchen Table Wisdom”): One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted to tell […]

Recovery Inc.’s Tool Box

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, my great aunt GiGi, who was one of my mental health heroes, owed her life to Recovery Inc. and she would occasionally share with me nuggets of its wisdom, like the following tools, […]

Therapy Thursday: Stay With the Loneliness

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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. […]

Transcendental Meditation: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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Being that my job is to feature and review books on psychology, spirituality, and especially the intersection between the two, I receive my share of books on meditation. And as a person who has been trying to meditate for two […]

When Your Workplace Is Toxic

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If you find yourself in a toxic relationship, you always have the option of ditching the friend and moving on. However, when the environment in which you make your bread and butter damages your self-esteem and robs you of self-confidence, […]

On the Feast Day of St. Therese: Roses From Heaven

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I like to publish this story around the first of October, since it is the feast day of St. Therese, my patron saint. I owe my life to St. Therese of Lisieux. A few times over. This Carmelite nun–dubbed the […]

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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 ...

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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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