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December 2011 Archives

5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

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I know what you’re thinking: another cheesy, goody-two-shoes article on how I can keep all those goals I’ve set going into 2010. If you abhor such articles (like 10 ways to de-clutter your bathroom), then keep on reading. I’m like […]

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Baboushka: A Russian Folk Tale

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From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  This story replaces the Saint Nicholas Legend in Russia and has been told for many years. It was the night that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. In […]

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7 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Year Round

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Ah, the magic and wonder of the holiday season … It has even my fragile and anxious brain abandoning the logical, reasoning, and uptightness of the left side, and relying on a feast of senses–fresh evergreen, Christmas carolers, winter wonderlands, […]

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You Can Keep Christmas

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From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world–stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death–and that the blessed life which began […]

Why I Love Christmas Eve

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This is why I love Christmas Eve. From Cistercian Abbot Andre Louf about the beauty and joy of Christmas night: That is the joyful message of the night of Christmas: if the little child who was born in Bethlehem is […]

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

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From “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: The Movement of Imperfection” by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian (check out their website): It’s been a banner year!  We began by getting a new minivan complete with a navigation system. It’s been […]

12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

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A great holiday piece from John Grohol at Psych Central. Click here to read the whole piece. The Christmas season is upon us once again, and once again we find ourselves balancing between our work or studies, hanging out friends, […]

Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

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If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But we need as many laughs this holiday season as is possible. CHRISTMAS DISORDERS and CAROLS 1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear? 2. Multiple Personality Disorder […]

Finding Christmas

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This reflection was from three years ago, but is still very real every Christmas. I’m starting to understand Christmas as the season where Christ comes to visit you in the most unexpected ways. If you can only quiet yourself for […]

Beyond Blue Turns 5!

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Every year for Christmas I send poinsettias to a few special people in my life, and I buy a few for our home (which die quickly because I forget to water them). I always think about the legend of this […]

The 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas

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It’s that time of year again!!! Ready to hear it again??? DISCLAIMER: I am no Barbara Streisand. I’ve never taken a singing lesson in my life. Not one.The inspiration for this song came two weeks before Thanksgiving when I received […]

Mental Illness Takes No Holiday

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We often reach out during the holidays to the poor and homeless — sponsoring a family during Christmas, or distributing toys to children without presents. However, we often forget those that suffer just as intensely within the walls of psych […]

Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus

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The following post, originally posted in December 2006, is one of my favorites for this season. I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed […]

Believe Without Seeing

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All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

7 Ways to Manage Your Diabetic (or Sugar Sensitive) Waistline During the Holidays

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This article isn’t just for diabetics. I found the tips by Frederic J.Vagnini, M.D., and Lawrence D. Chilnick, authors of “The Weight Loss Plan for Beating Diabetes” to be excellent guidelines for everyone who is sugar sensitive, and I’m putting […]

The Memorare

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I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation. […]

7 Ways to Deal With Holiday Grief

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Since so many people deal with grief, I thought it was important to repost this blog by Sandra Kiume over at PsychCentral. Click here to read the full article. Holidays tend to be family-oriented and if you’ve lost a loved […]

21 Holiday Stress Busters

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I have a theory regarding holiday stress: In the month of December, high levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) turn 80 percent of the American population into fruitcakes–just like the stale one delivered to your house yesterday. Because on top of […]

A Child Has Been Born

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From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to […]

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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My “9 Holiday Depression Busters” are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So […]

10 Tips for Stepfamilies During the Holidays

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Since you all resonated with the post “Stepmonster: 8 Reasons Stepmothers Are Prone to Depression,” I thought I’d publish another blog post by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D, author of “Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
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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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