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6 Ways to Stay Resilient in Stress

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Writer Jennifer Yane once said, “I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days will attack me at once.” Admittedly, I spend too many days myself running from “the attacks of the calendars.” I am thinking […]

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Desiderata: Go Placidly Amidst the Noise and Haste

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with the poem “Desiderata.” The framed text hung in the laundry room of my childhood home, and every time I read it I came away with something new. The word “desiderata” is Latin […]

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And Then Life Happens …

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American journalist Allen Saunders was the first one to coin the phrase, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” I’m sure most of you can appreciate the truth of those words. In the last three years, life […]

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Therapy Thursday: Bawl Your Eyes Out

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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 You Thin or Thick Skinned? Knowing Your Emotional Type

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I am often told that I should grow a thicker skin. I’m too sensitive. I let things get to me too much. Most people who struggle with depression are the same. We are more transparent and therefore absorb more into […]

January 24 Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year

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If you’re feeling depressed today, you’re in good company! January 24 is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. According to Dr. Cliff Arnalls, a British psychologist with Cardiff University, it’s almost like clockwork. A number of factors coincide […]

Psalm 139: You Are Loved

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On the combox of my post, “What Is Your Epiphany,” a reader said that her “Aha” moment was knowing that God loves her. Simply that: She is loved unconditionally by God. That is one of the mottos that I repeat […]

Ronald W. Pies M.D.: Getting Detached from Our Unhealthy Attachments

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The following is a guest blog from one of my favorite psychiatrists, Dr. Ronald W. Pies, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. An old eth­nic joke tells the story of the grand­mother who is walk­ing on […]

Therapy Thursday: Poke Fun At Your Problems

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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. […]

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: An Interview With Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.

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Anxiety. Do we know anyone without it? I mean, yes, some people don’t admit to having it. But it is assumed these days that if you have a pulse, you have anxiety. One of my best teachers on this topic […]

Three Ways to Cultivate Patience in 2012

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Being that my new year’s resolution is to be more content with living the questions in my life versus rushing towards the answers, I found useful the advice in Allan Lokos’s new book, “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.” Lokos […]

On MLK, Jr. Day: I, Too, Have a Dream

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Some of you may recognize my dream, but I like to repost it every now and then to keep it alive and give it legs. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I […]

Catch Me on Talking With Tobin

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I extremely honored to be the first guest on a talented friend’s radio show, “Talking with Tobin” on You! Radio Network! Heather Tobin’s show debuts Tuesday night at 8. Since this is the day after MLK, Jr. day, we are […]

On the Anniversary of a Death: The Five Ways We Grieve

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Yesterday marked the eighteenth anniversary of my dad’s death, so I thought I’d republish this piece about grieving. 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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Befriend Yourself

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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. […]

12 Winter Depression Busters

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We’ve officially entered the hard months, the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say: the time of the year when the sun disappears and the pale complexions of your friends remind you that you had better take […]

Good Perfectionism versus Bad Perfectionism

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Although perfectionism undoubtedly brings me suffering and pain, I’ve come to appreciate the snobby part of my personality because it also bear gifts, especially over time. For the last three years, perfectionism has placed me in an okay spot in […]

Mindful Monday: What Is Your Epiphany?

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An epiphany can mean several things: an “Aha!” moment after relentless searching and study, the first time you see something (or someone) in its natural form, or the Christian feast commemorating the visit and adoration of the Christ Child by […]

Letter to Folks Without Depression and Anxiety

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Awhile back, a brave woman in the online support group that I moderate, but haven’t done a good job of moderating in awhile, penned this letter to people who do NOT suffer from anxiety and depression. I think it’s a […]

Therapy Thursday: Process heat and suffering like a coffee bean

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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. […]

Depression: It’s Spiritually Incorrect

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A favorite from my archives … I’ve been politically incorrect for as long as I can remember. I really should wear a sign around my neck that says “I apologize if I say something offensive,” because it feels like I […]

Mindful Monday: Quotes on Courage

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“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –T.S. Eliot Poet “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” –Robert G. Ingersoll “We can do anything […]

My New Year’s Resolution: Living the Questions

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Here are some interesting statistics I just found regarding New Year’s resolutions: *40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. *Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to […]

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Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild ...

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

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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