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November 2011 Archives

6 Ways to Deal With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays

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George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” So that would explain why the holidays are so stressful. Those dear relatives who live in San Francisco suddenly are lingering in front of […]

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8 Ways to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays

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The weather outside might be frightful but inside it’s definitely worse. According to New York psychologist Jay Seitz, 25 percent of people experience some kind of holiday anxiety or depression. That is, one in four people sipping eggnog feel like […]

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Mind Over Appendix? I Don’t Think So

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Sometimes God uses you own words with which to knock you over the head. Today I read a meaningful email by someone who had read my book. She said it was the passage on page 120 to 121 that provided […]

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Christmas Group Therapy

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From my Australian friend, Sam Gyura, and courtesy of Dennis Turner:

On Black Friday: 7 Stress Stoppers

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You all may be braver than I. I do not step foot into the mall from Halloween to New Years. If I do, I usually end up locking myself in a Starbucks bathroom to finish a meltdown. So I thought […]

Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters

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I’m always looking for stories that will console me about my lack of cooking aptitude and talent. So this Associated Press story was a clipper! “See, Eric, you don’t want me to cook, really you don’t.” To read the full […]

For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

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To get us in the mood for the Thanksgiving Holiday! …. Cicero said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” The English preacher John Henry Jowett wrote that “every virtue divorced […]

5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays

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If you are like me, you will be spending 90 percent of your energy from today until January 1 repeating the words “choose the apple … choose the apple” because you know what processed flour and sugar does to your […]

Mindful Monday: On Overcoming Adversity

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“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” –Epictetus “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” –Robert Schuller “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected […]

33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists

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What is your favorite self-help book? A group of psychologists I connect with via LinkedIn, The Psychology Network, published their recommendations. Since most of them are mental health professionals (unlike me, who just pretends she is), their list lends credibility […]

Therapy Thursday: Peak Inside Some Other Homes

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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. […]

Dr. Jon LaPook: Living With OCD

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Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News, penned an important post on the Huffington Post about OCD. For his CBS segment, he interviewed Jeff Bell, KCBS radio broadcaster and author of “Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Meets the Fish

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Here’s an entry from my archives that you’ll appreciate. Maybe. If you have a sense of humor. And are a tad OCDish like me. The most challenging part of my sprint triathlon last weekend had nothing to do with physical […]

The Greek Miracle: How Ancient Greek Philosophy Can Save You, Or At Least Improve Your Life

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Former nightclub owner Nicholas Kardaras died ten years ago. That’s right. For a few minutes his pulse was flat. Then he “pulled a Lazarus” as he describes it. He was revived and clung to life for a bit with the […]

Quotes on Discernment

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“We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.” –John H. Groberg “Let nothing disturb you,?Let nothing frighten you,?All things are passing […]

5 Steps to Having More Fun: An Interview with John McManamy

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Today I have the delight of interviewing fellow blogger, John McManamy. He is an award-winning mental health journalist and author of “Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You … That You Need to Know” […]

Therapy Thursday: Unplug

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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. […]

Video: The Eating Season

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I call the 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s “the eating season,” because the temptation to snack on all kinds of crap is intrusive this time of year, with boxes of Belgian chocolate coming in with every client who […]

Should You Share Your Therapist With a Friend?

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I have a friend who lives by this cardinal rule: She will never ever work with a friend. So when jobs surface in her company, or if she hears of an opening in her field, she only shares the information […]

Mindful Monday: Quotes on Perspective

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“He who binds to himself a joy ?Doth the winged life destroy.?He who kisses the joy as it flies,?Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” –William Blake “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible […]

Daylight Savings Time and SAD: Get Your HappyLite!

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Okay, folks, we’ve got two days until Armageddon for depressives: Daylight Savings Time. Time to pull out the HappyLites! In case you think I’m making up all this stuff about less light leading to depression, especially in the winter months, […]

Therapy Thursday: Buy the Tootsie Rolls

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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. […]

Are Rich People More Depressed Than Poor? And Other Depression Factoids

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I taped a radio show the other day with Court Lewis of American Variety Radio in which he wanted me to cover the demographics of depression. So here we go. Many of these stats I assembled from the book Understanding […]

Even Saints Aren’t Perfect

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An appropriate post for the Feast of All Saints … I have a magnet on my refrigerator that reads “Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you’re an a—hole.” It’s a gentle but effective reminder that on those days that […]

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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 the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

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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 third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

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 is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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