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12 Ways to Face Your Fears

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1. Yell at them. Tell them to go to a place where there are no lemonade stands. 2. Laugh at them. Start with “ha” and end with “hee.” 3. Loan them to a friend, and tell her not to give […]

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How Is Depression Different From Sadness?

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One of the most common questions I hear is: How is depression different from sadness? This question was addressed by Ronald Pies, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Tufts and SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and one of my […]

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Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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A family member of mine has recently been diagnosed with acute obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I am reminded of the heartbreak this misunderstood disorder can cause, the confusion and bewilderment, especially in young people. Because my mental health journey began with […]

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4 Steps to Better Boundaries

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My second job out of college was with a religious giftware company. I was a product-development coordinator for “inspirational” brands, which meant I was required to do things like write directions on how to bury St. Joseph for a “St. […]

Shadows in Prayer: The Seven D’s of the Spiritual Life

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A few years back, when Mother Teresa’s surprising writings were published about her inner turmoil, my Jesuit friend, Jim Martin, penned the following piece, “Shadows in Prayer,” for “America” magazine. It’s a fascinating read and asks the very questions that […]

How Do I Care For Someone With Depression?

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I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked this question. And I can’t think of a better way of answering than James Bishop’s article, “12 Ways to Care for Someone with Depression,” which you can get to by clicking […]

Why Are More Women Than Men Depressed?

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I recently did some research for a women’s magazine about depression in young women (ages 18 to 30). The editors wanted to know why so many more women than men struggle with depression. I got out my copy of “A […]

7 Steps to Heal Your Inner Child

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According to John Bradshaw, author of “Home Coming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child,” the process of healing your wounded inner child is one of grief. And it involves these seven steps (in Bradshaw’s words): 1. Trust For your wounded […]

5 Reasons Why Adults (Like Kids) Need Quiet Time

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The following excerpts are taken from “Modern Spiritual Masters: Writing on Contemplation and Compassion” edited by Robert Ellsberg: 1. To Hear God Talk And if we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence […]

Depression: The Greatest Character Defect of All

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Some poll somewhere said that 60 percent of the public would opt to elect a convicted child molester as president over an atheist. I’m sure the same is true about a person who takes antidepressant. Or suffers from depression, for […]

All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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I can never read Robert Fulghum’s poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” too many times. Every time I read it I gain a new truth. Today I’m concentrating on the line, “Warm cookies and cold […]

4 Ways to Clear the Mind Clutter

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Back when I didn’t have a stressful day job, I put this list together of ways to clear the mind clutter. Now it doesn’t really fly. But it might work for you! So here you go. How can I keep […]

Your Thinking Is … Well … Not Helpful

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I am trying to shift the way in which I view my work in order to take the pressure off of me, and to put it where it belongs: in God’s hands. In a letter to Jim Forest in February […]

Video: Sticky Thoughts

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I am at war against my thoughts most of the day. “I stink at this. She hates me. I’m a bad mom.” Blah. Blah. Blah. So, much of my therapy involves finding tools to help me filter and let go […]

4 Ways to Support Someone with Depression

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I loved James Bishop’s suggestions of ways to support someone struggling with depression. You can’t go wrong if you follow his directions on what to say to a friend or relative about this topic no one wants to address. To […]

On the Feast 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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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 wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the

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 measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

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

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 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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