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Therese J. Borchard writes the daily blog, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet.com. She is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist. You may find her at her personal blog, her website, or you may follow her on Twitter @thereseborchard.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Healthy Home: 31 Ways to Protect Yourselves from Toxins

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In their exceptional, informative book The Healthy Home: Simple Truths of Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers, son and father team Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz tackle the topic of toxins from room to room, starting with the bedroom […]

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. […]

Is Anyone Normal Today?

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Take a minute and answer this question: Is anyone really normal today? I mean, even those who claim they are normal may, in fact, be the most neurotic among us, swimming with a nice pair of scuba fins down the […]

Better By Mistake: An Interview with Alina Tugend

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Afraid to make a mistake? Don’t be. According to author Alina Tugend, the best way to become an expert in your field is by making mistakes, lots of them, but to cooperate with the brain on learning from them. In […]

Mindful Monday: Wrestling with God

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I think God wants us to get mad at him. It means we’re in a living, normal relationship with him.   Catholic author Ronald Rolheiser goes so far to say that wrestling with God is a form of prayer. In […]

When Should I Come Off My Antidepressant? 6 Things to Consider

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The question of whether or not you should start taking antidepressants is complex and difficult to answer. But even fuzzier is the question of when or if you should stop. Last May, NPR ran a piece called “Coming Off Antidepressants […]

Learning to Breathe: An Interview With Priscilla Warner

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This is a true story. I met Priscilla Warner online much like a chick meets a dude. We were instant friends. It helped that we had a similar sense of humor. Surprisingly, I think … to both of us, the […]

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. […]

Empty-Nest Depression

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Since many mothers have just shipped off their offspring for the first time since they brought the babes home, they are experiencing what mental health professionals have termed “empty nest depression.” I have to be honest, I can’t really relate […]

Mindful Monday: The First Yes, the Moment of Conversion

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The publishing and public-speaking businesses are no different from other industries. No one wants to publish you until you get that first book, because Lord knows what you might write between the covers. No speaking agent is going to take […]

Can Drug Rehabs Treat Mood Disorders?

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Awhile back the Washington Post ran an excellent article by Maia Szalavitz entited, “So, What Made Me an Addict? Experts Debate Whether Disease or Defect Is to Blame.” This question is so crucial to how we treat persons suffering from both […]

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. […]

Statistics You Should Know About College Depression

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Since it is going back-to-school season, I thought I’d educate you on some alarming statistics about depression among college students. Here are the facts, just the facts:   * One out of every five young people and one out of […]

Homer Simpson and the 8 Attitudes of Mindfulness

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I’ve long been a fan of Elisha Goldstein’s work on mindfulness because, more than any author on that topic, he seems to communicate the practice in a way that doesn’t totally overwhelm me and make me want to run the […]

On Remembering the Important Stuff

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I am republishing this piece from my archives today because a coworker just lost his son in a car accident last night. Please keep him in your prayers. Two boys went to bed with fevers last night. One is dead. […]

8 Ways to Manage Anxiety on an Anniversary

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Most of us circle a few days of the calendar year that we know will be difficult to get through: the anniversary of a death, traumatic event, or even happy occasion. These dates are charged with emotion.  September 11 falls […]

7 Steps to Closure When a Friend Dumps You

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I think we’ve all been dissed by a friend at least once in our lifetime, right? Recently I’ve had two people remove me as a friend on Facebook. Like that feels good. Was it my annoying status updates? The singing […]

Video: When a Friendship Ends

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This video was produced awhile back, when I was letting go of an important friendship. But I seem to always struggle with friendship … boundaries and so forth. I think friendships are just as complicated as romantic relationships. Especially when […]

5 Ways to Manage Autumn Anxiety

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Even as I love the autumn season, it is full of anxiety for me (like every other season, come to think of it). I start to mourn the ending of summer when I hear the cicadas grow louder the last […]

15 Quotes that Motivate and Inspire

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I recently joined “The Psychology Network” on LinkedIn and have been enjoying the discussion among mental health professionals (since I’m not really one, but pretend to be all the time). Especially intriguing was the discussion thread called “What are some […]

What Should You Do If Someone You Know Is Suicidal?

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Fortunately there are abundant resources on the Internet to help guide a person who hears a loved one talk about suicide, or who is suicidal himself. I found the following material at Mayo Clinic’s page on suicide. Visit their site […]

Does Diet Coke Make You Depressed?

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When you are a recovering drunk, you don’t have a ton of options at parties. I used to be an avid Diet Coke drinker. But last summer my sister scared the well you know out of me when she started […]

Money Problems: 6 Steps to Transform Your Money Life

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I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have a money problem right now, in this economy. Even the wealthiest of the wealthy are fretting because the fortunes they stashed in bonds and stocks aren’t performing with the same gust of […]

21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment

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“We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world,” wrote Helen Keller. How I wish she were wrong. Disappointments leave us with the unpleasant task of squashing, crushing, and pinching lemons to […]

On Surviving Difficult Times

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I found the following excerpt in Jack Kornfield’s new beautiful book, “A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times.” One of the world’s greatest examples of how to survive difficult times is Nelson Mandela, the first president […]

Too Many Options? Try Closing Some Doors

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I have become increasingly aware that one of the stumbling blocks to my recovery from depression is my inability to make decisions, and my disdain for closing options. And yet closing doors is good for your sanity. Even in writing […]

Mindful Monday: Come to the Edge … and Leap!

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“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.” I found that quote by Guillaume Apollinaire a month or so ago and I loved […]

3 Ways to Change with the Seasons

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I enjoyed this post from (former) FreshLiving blogger Valerie Reiss: suggestions on how you can change with the season. Even as I love the four seasons, I do experience some anxiety with the transition from one to another. Here are her […]

25 Bizarre Addictions (to practically everything)

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I found the following list of interesting addictions on the website Masters In Counseling. I thought you’d also like to know about addictions to ice, taxes, toilet paper, glass, babies, couch cushions, funerals, plastic surgery, and dirt. Yep. You can […]

Therapy Thursday: Learn How to Talk

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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. […]

9 Steps to Better Communication Today

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Alright, so say you’re not a hugger or a kisser. Say you have germ phobias. I think this article from John Grohol can help: “9 Steps to Better Communication Today.” To get to the original post, click here. The most […]

Life Gets Better: An Interview with Wendy Lustbader

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In order to confront the pervasive stereotypes about youth and what it means to get older, professor and author Wendy Lustbader draws on her decades as a social worker with elders and their families to present a message contrary to […]

Mindful Monday: Take a Long Loving Look at the Real

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In order to make a decision, you have to perceive a situation correctly. Which is why I’m unable to deliberate when I’m depressed: I can’t see. With the amygdala and hippocampus regions of the brain suffering cell shrinkage and death–spreading […]

How To Get Resilient: An Interview with Robert Wicks

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“The opposite of depression isn’t happiness,” explained Dr. Peter Kramer in an interview with Johns Hopkins, “it’s resilience.” One of the best books on that topic is Robert Wick’s “Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.” I keep it on my shelf […]

Is Your Job Making You Depressed?

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The other day I wrote a post on how to stay productive when you are clinically depressed. I mentioned that, at my rock bottom, I had to take a break altogether from writing, as every time I sat down in […]

Mindful Monday: Are You Brave Enough to Go through Hell?

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“Sometimes you gotta go through hell to get to heaven.” That’s what Rocky said. Countless writers and philosophers agree with him. Kahlil Gibran writes this about pain in his classic, “The Prophet”: Your pain is the breaking of the shell […]

What Makes Us Happy? My Interview With Joshua Wolf Shenk

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I’ve talked about Joshua Wolf Shenk before because his book, “Lincoln’s Melancholy,” was deeply inspiring to me back in Fall of 2005. I remember the exact moment in which I heard excerpts of it. I was sitting in my son’s […]

Are the Puritans Behind the War on Antidepressants?

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It is an honor for me to publish the following piece by Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine, because I find him to be one of the most fascinating […]

Recovery From Addiction and Depression: An Interview with Vivian Eisenecher

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Vivian Eisenecher, author of “Recovering Me, Discovering Joy,” and a sought after speaker, mentor and writer since 1996. Her other published works include articles for “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and Woman’s World. […]

Suggested Readings for Suicide Survivors

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Since many of you, Beyond Blue readers, have lost a loved one to suicide, and since a few people in my community have taken their lives this summer, I thought I would publish a thorough list of resources compiled by […]

The Suicide of a Lawyer with Depression

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Daniel Lukasik over at Lawyers With Depression has published a guest post by Cincinnati, Ohio attorney Tabitha M. Hochscheid, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC. In this moving tribute, she writes about […]

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr. On Getting a Second Opinion

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The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, “Understanding Depression,” was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and […]

Depression After Surgery (Post-Op Depression)

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Some statistics claim that as many as three-fourths of patients experience depression after bypass surgery. A small study published in the journal “Applied Nursing Research,” found that 65 percent of the patients were depressed three weeks after surgery and 26 […]

Let Everything Happen: Beauty and Terror

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I love the following passage from Stephanie Dowrick’s new book, “Seeking the Sacred: Transforming Our View of Ourselves and One Another.” Since I’m in a weird place of waiting … to resume my normal life, her message of “let everything […]

Mindful Monday: Monastic Wisdom for the Creative Soul

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In her new book, “The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul With Monastic Wisdom,” author Christine Valters Paintner offers a twelve-week program to introduce monastic wisdom and practice to anyone wanting to integrate spirituality and creativity. In her spiritual journey, […]

Ten Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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One of Beliefnet’s most popular galleries is “10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.” I’ve included several of them here.     *  “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your […]

Health Update

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Dear Readers, My appendix ruptured a few days ago. I am now out of the hospital but I will be taking a week to recover and have saved any blogs written in advance for days that I need to take […]

You Are Not Alone: A Few Survivors of Suicide Loss

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Survivors of suicide often feel completely alone in their sadness, which is quite understandable. Unlike losing a husband or child or parent to heart disease or cancer, loved ones of person who have committed suicide can’t express their grief publicly. […]

In Defense of Antidepressants

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Peter Brown, clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University and a prominent mental health hero of mine, published an excellent piece in Sunday’s issue of The New York Times. As he has done in the past, he successfully debunks the […]

How Does a Person Live and Cope with a Dysfunctional Family? An Interview with Nancy Bachrach

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Today’s interview is somewhat untraditional, but I think you’ll enjoy it. After I read the hilarious anecdotes in Nancy Bachrach’s newly released memoir, “The Center of the Universe,” I knew I had to dig a little more on how, exactly, […]

Therapy Thursday: First Forgive

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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. […]

An Interview with Tim Farrington, author of “A Hell of Mercy”

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This week I have the honor of interviewing Tim Farrington, the acclaimed novelist of Lizzie’s War, “The California Book of the Dead,” “Blues for Hannah,” as well as the New York Times Notable Book of 2002, “The Monk Downstairs.” Guess […]

Marsha Linehan: The Moment I Was Transformed

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Last week New York Times journalist Benedict Carey penned a powerful interview with Marsha M. Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). For the first time, the American psychologist opened up about her own mental struggle that began in […]

The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: An Interview with Michael Jawer

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Michael Jawer talks about highly sensitive people and emotion.

Therapy Thursday: Go In Not 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. […]

Jane Redmont: An Introduction to Centering Prayer

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A wonderful resource for carving out time for prayer and solitude is Jane Redmont’s book, “When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life.” I plan on interviewing Jane down the line because she struggles with depression herself and writes about […]

Mindful Monday: Kahlil Gibran on Pain

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One of my favorite passages on pain is what Kahlil Gibran writes in his classic, “The Prophet”: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its […]

12 Strategies to Help You Recover From a Relapse

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A dozen things to do if you relapse from depression or any addiction.

5 Ways to Tackle Perfectionism: An Interview with Michelle Russell

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An interview about ways to tackle perfectionism

Video: I Can See My Desk! On Clearing Clutter

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I have a problem. With clutter. And paper. And magazines. And books. They pile up. I start to hate them. But I can’t throw them out. Because I never know. When I might need them. Eric told me that I […]

Think! Encouraging Girls to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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In her gutsy book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, attorney and national television legal analyst Lisa Bloom paints a dire picture: The problem is not just about that 25 percent of young women […]

On Reclaiming Laughter: An Interview With Rev. Susan Sparks

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Is it possible to be a stand-up comedian and minister simultaneously? I didn’t think so until I learned about Rev. Susan Sparks, Senior Pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. Her book, “Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power […]

Therapy Thursday: Quit the Acrobatics

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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. […]

Tips to Find a Good-Enough Doctor

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Inspired from all the comments she received from my interview with her on chronic illness, Dr. Elvira Aletta compiled some suggestions for finding a good-enough doctor. In her Psych Central post called “Tips to Find a Good-Enough Doctor,” she throws […]

20 Psychological Movies of All Times

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The website Masters of Psychology has compiled a cool list of the 20 psychological movies of all times. I found the list quite interesting, and thought you might, too. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Heroes and exemplars abound in […]

The Pains and Pleasures of the Examined Life

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One of the unexpected blessings of going back to visit your college professors after you’ve been out of school for awhile is that they become peers, colleagues, even friends versus persons of authority with a red pen that you presume […]

St. Anthony Messenger: Beyond Blue

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A big thank you to St. Anthony Messenger magazine and author John Feister for featuring my story and my mission in this June’s issue. Here’s the irony in the whole thing. In the summer right before I graduated from Notre […]

Extinguishing Anxiety: Know Your Triggers!

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Anxiety arrives much like a surprise visit from an unwanted guest. You can be sailing along in your recovery program, doing all the right things, and then, BAM! You feel like you need to grab the paper bag you used […]

12 Depression Busters for the Unemployed

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The unemployment rate today has skyrocketed to approximately 10% and is forecasted to stay above 9.5 percent for the rest of 2011. For the first time in American history, more women are working than men because close to 80 percent […]

On Memorial Day: Prayers for Our Soldiers

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The following prayers are from “A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.” FOR GOD’S HELP Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy protection, and in all […]

May Is Mental Health Month: An Interview with Filmmaker Kathy Leichter

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Since May is Mental Health Month, I thought I would feature an interview with award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Kathy’s mother, Nina Leichter, who suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide in 1995. Last year, Leichter completed filming for “Here One Day” […]

Video: Inside My Self-Esteem File

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Beyond Blue veterans will recognize this video … one of my first attempts at talking to my computer as if it could hear me, in which I read some of the letters in my self-esteem file. For newbies, here is […]

Therapy Thursday: Make a Self-Esteem File

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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. […]

6 Reasons Why It’s Good to Be a Loser

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It was impossible to miss the white sign that hung over the wall of Saint Mary’s high school lacrosse field yesterday. The thing was as tall as our two-story house with letters as big as construction cranes. With just one […]

Now What? Depression at Graduation (Or Any Transition)

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With Commencement often comes an emptiness, a sense of loss. Much joy and relief, yes. But also a “what the hell do I do now?” response.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality of Failure

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I think God must be trying to scream a message to me, because the last three books I’ve been asked to review are all about the spirituality of imperfection or failure … of finding grace in our brokenness, and how […]

Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

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Over the weekend I delivered the Commencement address to my alma mater, Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. I was extremely honored and worked hard on the speech (75 drafts) to make sure I delivered a message that I […]

God Spelled Backwards Is Dog: Heavenly Canine Companions

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Since I have two very sweet lab-chow mutts at home—one of which was a very important companion in the years I was severely depressed–I was delighted to see that angel expert Joan Wester Anderson had dedicated her next volume to […]

Understanding Hoarding: An Interview with Melinda Beck

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I’m a huge fan of Wall Street Journal columnist Melinda Beck. I follow her insightful “Health Journal,” and was especially intrigued by her two-part series on hoarding: how to help the hoarder and how to deal with it as a […]

The 8 Best Spiritual Sound Bites of Graduation Advice

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I can’t remember all the speeches at my commencement ceremony. But I do remember looking up on the stage to see my best friend, the valedictorian of our class, sitting there among all the luminaries, and wondering how in the […]

12 Depression Busters for Seniors

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12 tips for seniors struggling with depression and anxiety.

Mindful Monday: On Being Still

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I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope  For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love  For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith  But the faith and […]

Hope and the Other Tools to Fight Depression

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On the combox of my post, “Suffering: the Irritant That Produces the Pearl,” a reader wrote: In you I see a woman who runs and kayaks and all the things that exhaust me just to read. As a read about […]

Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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I never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who […]

Therapy Thursday: Catch Your Breath

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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. […]

Therapy Thursday: Choose a Mantra

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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. […]

The Science of Romance: The Love Drug

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On the combox of my post “The Emotional Affair,” Beyond Blue reader Michael wrote: I’m totally confused and caught up in this person. Some years go by without us speaking, but we always come back to each other. Convenience, you […]

12 Depression Busters for Caregivers

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Nearly one-third of people caring for terminally ill loved ones suffer from depression according to research from Yale University. About one in four family caregivers meet the clinical criteria of anxiety. And a recent study found that 41 percent of […]

Everyone Has a Guardian Angel

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Does everyone have a guardian angel? Mike Leach, author of “Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question” thinks so. This is one of my favorite sections of his book. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings […]

Tom McGrath: Wonders Are All Around Us

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Do you ever get stuck in your own gloomy thoughts? Catholic parenting expert Tom McGrath suggests looking through the eyes of a child. If you do, he says, you’ll see that light shines through darkness and that joy is yours to […]

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This Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8, 2011 – the 3rd annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health will be held online, featuring 24 open letters to pregnant and new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. All […]

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

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It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You’re pretty sure none of your new-mom […]

10 Great Moms of the 20th Century

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I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day! They are activists, humorists, Holocaust survivers, writers, first ladies, and missionaries. But first and foremost, they are moms. And, in my opinion, some of the best. As a relatively new mom, I could learn […]

Authenticity and Integrity: Two Spiritual Pillars

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Two years ago I asked prominent psychiatrist and bestselling author Peter Kramer to endorse my manuscript, Beyond Blue. I have been thinking about his response ever since. He told me that he no longer blurbs books, because to blurb a […]

The Five Ways We Grieve: A New Perspective

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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 just wrote about them last month. According to Susan Berger, researcher and practitioner in the health and mental […]

Does Depression Shrink Your Brain? James Potash, M.D.–How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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Below, I have reprinted a fascinating article by James Potash, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Mood Disorders Program (where I graduated with the help of Dr. Smith) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. More […]

12 Depression Busters for Divorced People

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Divorce is the second most stressful life event, preceded only by the death of a spouse. And what is stress is capable of? Expediting a severe bout of depression and anxiety to your limbic system (the brain’s emotional center) if […]

5 Tips If You Love Someone with Mental Illness

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I loved this post by Elvira Aletta, Ph.D. on Psychcentral! To view the entire post, click here. I have excerpted her five tips for people who love persons afflicted with mental illness. 1) Be informed. Go to the library or […]

Mindful Monday: A Time to Listen

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I really enjoyed reading the essays in Ellen Michaud’s book, “Blessed: Living a Grateful Life.” She begins the collection with a beautiful piece called “A Time to Listen.” Here it is… In a world that has too many abrupt changes—in […]

Staying Happy in Bad Times

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staying happy in hard times

Suffering: The Irritant that Produces the Pearl

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The other day I wrote a post for Psych Central about suffering. I was a tad nervous posting it, because somehow I think I should have a more optimistic philosophy about life, and that I should be a more positive […]

Therapy Thursday: Take Good Notes

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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. […]

People’s Profile of Catherine Zeta Jones and Bipolar II

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I must admit, when I picked up the copy of People magazine with Catherine Zeta Jones on the cover, I was nervous to read what was between the covers. Because I don’t trust Hollywood’s coverage of mood disorders. I mean, […]

Kay Redfield Jamison on Madness and Creativity

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I found the following article at “The Daily Gazette” about Jamison’s seminar on “Madness, Moods, and Creative Achievement” at the Science Center 101 back in 2005. It serves as a good summary of her discussion at Johns Hopkins’s Mood Disorders […]

8 Depression Busters for Teens

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Teenagers are moody. Absolutely. Fluctuations in hormones cause angry outbursts, irritability, emotional hysteria, defiant behavior, and weepiness. So it’s very difficult to tease apart teenage drama from legitimate depression and other mood disorders. However, it’s worth the effort because depression […]

Anne Simpkinson: 5 Favorite Books for Personal Growth

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I enjoyed reading over these picks by Guideposts’s Anne Simpkinson in case you don’t know where to begin to get fed spiritually. To get to her original blog post, click here. 1. Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton Merton, a Trappist […]

Mindful Monday: On Silence and Solitude

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Although I failed to keep my Lenten resolution … that was apparent the day after Ash Wednesday … I did do a good job this Lent of reserving 15 minutes in the morning to read spiritual literature, pray, and sometimes […]

On Good Friday: God of My Bitter Hours

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I thought it was appropriate to share this beautiful reflection of Joyce Rupp’s, inspired by the theologian Karl Rahner, on Good Friday. I found it in a beautiful book of reflections by Joyce Rupp called “Fragments of Your Ancient Name” […]

9 Ways to Live Easter Every Day

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The following piece is also featured as a Beliefnet gallery, which you can get to by clicking here. One of my favorite scripture verses is John 20:15, when Jesus finds Mary Magdalene crying at the door of the tomb and […]

Therapy Thursday: Invite the Bell

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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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