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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.

On Forgiveness

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The following is an excerpt from a new book called “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate” by Helen Whitney, and is reprinted with permission of the publisher. Her book is based on the PBS documentary. From […]

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Coping with Depression: A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach

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I was interviewed recently for a cool site called “Practical Spiritual Healing Guide” on ways I treat my depression and holistic techniques I embrace. Since it’s a good overview of my health philosophies, I thought I’d share it here. To […]

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12 Depression Busters for Men

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In Spring 2006 the depression of two very successful men made newspaper headlines in Maryland: Phil Merrill, a renowned publisher, entrepreneur and diplomat in the Washington area took his own life. Eleven days later Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan withdrew […]

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Is Your Work Making You Depressed?

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This post was published on Psych Central last week, but I thought many of my Beyond Blue readers would benefit from it, since it probably seems like I never go through a period of time when I can’t be productive. […]

Teresa of Avila: Our Prayers Need Not Be Perfect

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In my daily meditational “Magnificat,” I read an excerpt from Teresa of Avila that gave me hope that we need not have perfect faith for our prayers to be heard by God. She writes: I was alone then without any […]

Tips for Navigating Through the Mental Healthcare System: An Interview with Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite bloggers/writers/professors and just plain talented people out there. Dr. Monica A. Coleman is a minister, scholar, activist, and writer. (Yes, it is possible to be all those things …). […]

Worlds Colliding!

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I published a post recently on Blisstree.com about one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes … the one where George Costanza explains to Jerry what will happen if his worlds collide. Elaine has invited Susan, George’s girlfriend, to a show. It […]

Therapy Thursdays: Be Sincere, Be Select

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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. […]

Springtime Depression: Don’t Worry About Not Being Happy

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(Formerly) Fresh Living blogger Valerie Reiss wrote a poignant post on Springtime depression. I found it very comforting because, although I am energized by the changing of seasons and more sunlight, I also feel pressured during the months of April and […]

Suicides Spike in April and May

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According to J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Although you might think that more people would tend to commit suicide in the dark days of winter, in fact, the peak seasons […]

8 Ways to Let Go (of a person, place, or thing)

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Buddhism asserts that attachment is the primary source of suffering. So then detachment or “non-attachment” would be our ticket out of that pain. Except that it’s not so easy … letting go of a person, place, or thing that has […]

Mother Teresa’s Prayer of Compassion

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This beautiful prayer by Mother Teresa articulates for me what pure compassion looks like. If it were shorter, I’d have it memorized. (But my spiritual hard drive has very little memory–thus, the post-its and clutter around my desk.) Dear Jesus, […]

8 Survival Tips for the Spouse of a Terminally Ill Person: An Interview With Owen Surman, M.D.

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Owen Stanley Surman, M.D., a practicing hospital psychiatrist known internationally for his work on psychiatric and ethical aspects of solid organ transplantation. Following the death of his wife, Dr. Surman devoted six years […]

Therapy Thursday: Bribe 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. […]

I Believe In Quitting

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Group Beyond Blue member Drama Queen wrote a powerful piece about breaking the patterns of dysfunction. I loved her essay. Here it is. I believe in quitting.  Growing up in America, in a middle-class home in a suburban community, I […]

What NOT to Say to a Grieving Family

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Harold Kushner explains what NOT to say to a grieving family in his classic “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” using as an illustration the story of Job (the faithful, righteous, and pious man who loses his livestock, house, […]

10 Quotes that Inspire and Motivate …

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I posted this blog recently on PsychCentral. I thought I’d excerpt from it here, but you can find more quotes there. I recently joined “The Psychology Network” on LinkedIn and have been enjoying the discussion among mental health professionals (since […]

Mindful Monday: What Is Hope?

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The following meditation is by Monsignor Giussani, who was the founder of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. I wanted to remind you of the word “hope,” showing you or calling you to realize that hope is an energy, the […]

On April Fool’s Day: Laugh, People, Laugh

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In this video, I go over a few of my humor rules–like you can make fun of yourself all you want, but unless you share the same neurosis with someone, you CANNOT make fun of him. The video was a […]

Does the Internet Promote or Damage Marriage?

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Does Facebook lead to infidelity? Some statistics say so. I will be participating in a webinar on April 4 at 5 p.m. hosted by PBS/This Emotional Life that explores this topic. To prepare, and to get your feedback, I recently […]

10 Real Ways to Overcome Embarrassment

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I recently wrote a post for Blisstree.com on overcoming embarrassments. You can find it here. I’ve excerpted from it below. There’s a reason why we say we’re dying of embarrassment. Because while we’re in the midst of an embarrassing episode, […]

My Food Pyramid …

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Brought to you by FindingOptimism.com …

Therapy Thursday: Celebrate Your Mistakes

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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 Things You SHOULD Say to a Depressed Loved One

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The other day I covered 10 things you should not say to a loved one if you don’t want your name to come up in her therapy sessions. It covered a lot of ground, so I get why some folks […]

12 Things I Learned in High School

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Awhile back I returned to my high school alma mater and spoke to the high school students. Here’s the gist of my message: 12 Things I Learned in High School. 1. Act as if you belong. In 12-step support groups […]

The Sugar Lady: What’s Your Obsession Really About?

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One of the most difficult parts of my recovery from depression and anxiety is the obsessions that can accompany a period of instability. Just when I think I’ve reached a plateau of relative peace, something happens—usually involving a mistake, weakness, […]

The Least Harmful Addiction

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This post is from my archives, but since I’m lining up my vices these days to measure which one is most lethal, I thought I’d republish it. Thanks to Reader Peg, who posted the following comment on the “The Happy […]

Mindful Monday: Words of Light in Darkness

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For today’s meditation, I pulled together a bunch of my favorite sayings and quotes that I read on the hard days. I hope they help you too. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when […]

The Seven Questions Project: An Interview with Ryan Howes

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Since I was supposed to meet Ryan Howes today at a psychotherapy convention in DC but couldn’t because I’m in Norfolk, VA meeting all the new owners of Beliefnet, I thought I’d publish my interview with him from awhile back. […]

10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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CBS News and Health.com recently published a nice gallery listing what you SHOULD tell a depressed love one and what you SHOULD NOT. I have my own list. Here are 10 things you definitely DON’T want to say, a collection […]

Therapy Thursday: Catch the Snowball

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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. […]

5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

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(Image by Stephen Webster/Wall Street Journal) Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an amazingly accurate and helpful article in the Wall Street Journal about the self-criticism that so often accompanies depression and anxiety. Not only was I delighted that she approached such […]

What Kind of Worrier Are You?

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In her new book, “The Solution: Conquer Your Fear, Control Your Future,” bestselling author and motivational speaker Lucinda Bassett lists 13 types of worriers. I found the categories rather interesting because, I’m not sure whether or not you’ve picked up […]

Mindful Monday: A Moment of Oneness

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The following excerpt is one of my favorites from a wonderful new book called “Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question” by my long-time mentor and friend, Mike Leach. He also just started a blog, also called “Why […]

Wash Your Face With Your Hands: On Protecting Yourself From Hidden Toxins

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Okay, before I start, I’d like to say that I do shave my armpit hair, and wear antiperspirant when going to any public event. I don’t hang out under trees all day, though I do occasionally hug them.  HOWEVER, I […]

Nerve: 12 Ways to Be Afraid (and Keep Your Cool)

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Taylor Clark has written a very compelling and insightful book about anxiety, our amygdala (fear center in the brain), and, in general, what makes us freak out in his new book, “Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Your Tense Right

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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. […]

Japan: Where Is God?

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As of yesterday morning, the official death toll from Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and killer tsunami has passed 2400.   I’m not sure what more to say than this: the families mourning the 2,414 people who have been confirmed dead, the […]

Patrick Tracey: Stalking Irish Madness–Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia

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I have something very special planned for the Feast of the Irish, I mean, St. Patrick’s Day! No other than the most famous Irish author writing today: Patrick Tracey, who penned an amazing book, “Stalking Irish Madness Searching for the […]

Jeff Golliher: Moving Through Fear

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I read anything I can get my hands on regarding fear. Because I figure if I can get rid of fear in my limbic system (home to the emotions) then everything else in my life will run very smoothly. In […]

12 Ways to Pray During Lent

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This blog post has been also featured as a Beliefnet gallery. To get there click here. Lent, the 40 days preceding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, is supposed to be a time of fasting, where we chocoholics take […]

Mindful Monday: Empty Yourself This Lent

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For me Lent is about emptying–a glass, a basket, a soul–so that it can be filled up again…with wine (or sparkling cider), peeps (think Easter basket), and hope. The forty days before Easter is one big humbling exercise–where you remind […]

God’s Love Is Enough

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Most of the time I’m perfectly happy to be as transparent as I am online and in print. I have great days like the one last week when the mayor recognized me at a coffee shop and told me his […]

The Intuitive Investor: An Interview with Jason Apollo Voss

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So the day after I was laid off, this book called “The Intuitive Investor” shows up. Pretty good timing, I’d say. And while the topic would not be one I would normally pick up, I was especially intrigued by the […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Up Eight Times

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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: On Courage

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne RadmacherThat’s the gist of this video.To get to the YouTube video click here. * Click here to […]

8 Ways to Boost Your Will Power

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Did you know that will power is like coal? We have a limited amount, and it can very well run out before your husband buys your lot. I am pretty sure that I used up a fair chunk in my […]

Understanding Faith and Depression: The Ashes This Year Were Perfect (Staying Open to Grace Is Enough)

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I was so moved by this essay on faith and depression composed by an anonymous Beyond Blue reader. I hope you find as much hope in it as I did. There is a dark smudge on my forehead. I am […]

The Samaritan Woman, Loneliness, and the Living Water

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On the combox of my post, “Don’t Go to a Hardware Store for Tomatoes,” Beyond Blue reader Anne Costa wrote: Reminds me of the woman at the well. She went looking for the counterfeit, second rate kind of living water […]

Mindful Monday: The Legend of the Two Wolves

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There is popular Native American legend, a Cherokee tale, called “Two Wolves” that I come across often in spiritual and psychological literature and lectures: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” […]

Life Is Like a Game of Candy Land

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Image credit Peggy Dembicer “Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates,” said Forrest Gump in the 1994 film. Yeah, well I think it’s more like a game of Candy Land. We’ve been averaging about three games a […]

50 Natural Antidepressants to Beat the Winter Blues

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We aren’t to spring just yet….These great suggestions are from a cool nursing school blog/website. You can get to this blog and others by clicking here. In the wintertime, it can be hard to stay cheery. With dreary weather, lots […]

The Addictive Personality: Why Recovery Is a Lifetime Thing

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In his insightful book, “The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior,” author Craig Nakken explains why, even after an addict has given up the bottle or the weed, she will never be done with recovery:   Addiction […]

Therapy Thursday: Team Up!

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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. […]

Regarding the Midlife Crisis …

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Since I turned 40 over the weekend, I thought we’d discuss the midlife crisis and whether or not it exists… Am I having a midlife crisis? Hard to say. Things, for the most part, seem to be getting harder, not […]

13 Ways to Make Friends on Mermaids of the Lake

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A cool website and “lifestyle publication for women and creative, smart, fun articles” called “Mermaids of the Lake” published my blog, “13 Ways to Make Friends” on their site yesterday. You can find their site at mermaidsofthelake.com!

From the Naked Consultant to Associate Editor at Psych Central

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Yesterday was my first day as Associate Editor at Psych Central! As I indicated in my Beyond Blue post “Be You Very Well,” I was able to patch enough writing and editorial jobs together to stay away from the corporate […]

Tamar Chansky: How to Practice Safe Optimism

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I interviewed psychologist Tamar Chansky awhile back on the place of optimism in recovery from depression. I very much liked her post on the Huffington Post, on how to practice safe optimism in this economy. I have published an excerpt […]

Be Someone Nicer: The Surprising Power of Kindness

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In her book “The Second Neurotic’s Notebook” (what a great title!) American journalist Mignon McLaughlin wrote: “Don’t be yourself, be someone a little nicer.” I love that. And also the Dalai Lama’s advice, “If you want others to be happy, […]

Mindful Monday: Letting Go of the False Self

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Swami Abhishiktananda, an Indian pioneer in the dialog between Christianity and eastern religions wrote a poignant meditation about the process of letting go of the false ego in order to embrace the true self: The Spirit blows where he will […]

What Does Mania and Hypomania Look Like?

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On Beyond Blue, I focus predominantly on the problem of depression, because 99 percent of the time that’s what I am struggling with, and I figure you, too. However, I think it’s very important to discuss mania and hypomania because […]

My Debut on Blisstree.com! Why I Don’t Buy “The Healing Code”

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My column on mental health, therapy, and all things in that category debuted this week on Blisstree.com, a very cool, hip website that covers everything from reality television to bad diets. I will be writing weekly for them, and I’m […]

Therapy Thursday: You Can’t Unlearn It

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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. […]

CNN’s Jessica Ravitz on Why She’s Not Married

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I adore this article by Jessica Ravitz because it is sooooo brave and raw and gutsy and all the things I look for when I read a piece. She’s funny, snarky, but in an elegant, eloquent way. And she stands […]

10 Forms of Twisted Thinking

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Both David Burns (bestselling author of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and Abraham Low (founder of Recovery, Inc.) teach techniques to analyze negative thoughts (or identify distorted thinking) so to be able to disarm and defeat them.Since Low’s language […]

Life at Work: Should You Tell Your Boss About a Mental Illness?

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Many people struggle with the question of whether or not to tell their bosses about their mood disorders at work. Washington Post columnist Amy Joyce wrote an excellent article on this a few years ago that you can access here. […]

But for the Grace of God: How Abraham Lincoln Used Faith to Overcome Depression

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Abraham Lincoln is a powerful mental health hero for me. Whenever I doubt that I can do anything meaningful in this life with a defective brain (and entire nervous system, actually, as well as the hormonal one), I simply pull […]

9 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

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According to Peggy Vaugn, the author of “The Monogamy Myth” and the website “Dear Peggy.com,” 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an affair at some point in their marriage. In other words, the person who […]

The 10 Red Flags of an Emotional Affair

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I found this piece by Jeff Herring last year. Now Beliefnet has made it into a nice gallery for the Emotional Affairs Resource Page. To get to The 10 Red Flags of an Emotional Affair, click here. It begins …. […]

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Go to a Hardware Store for Tomatoes

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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. […]

14 Ways to Recover from an Emotional Affair

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An anonymous reader writes: Over the last several months, I began an online relationship with a man. I was taken aback by our ability to connect. It was uncanny to me how much we understood each other. The sense of […]

Relationships Week: 12 Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

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Bess Myerson once wrote that “to fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful,” especially if you are the one who wanted the relationship to last. But to stop loving isn’t an option. […]

Mindful Monday: Consider the Flowers of the Field

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I’m big into leading with faith these days. I guess it’s because I have no other option. When you have two adults in a household whose jobs are majorly affected by the economy, you either panic or pray. I’ve panicked […]

Making Lemonade from Lemons on Valentine’s Day: A Romantic Tale

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In order to move beyond their dark days, most depressives master the lesson on how to make lemonade from lemons. For Valentine’s Day, here’s a romantic tale on just that: how a friend of mine turned an embarrassing situation into […]

It’s Relationships Week on Beyond Blue!

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Just like last year, I’ve decided to hold a “Relationships Week” on Beyond Blue because depression affects so many of our relationships and because my articles on relationships always get a good response. So, in preparation for Valentine’s Day on […]

On Separating Yourself from Your Illness

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On the combox of the post, “The Healing Property of Tears,” Beyond Blue reader Elizabeth wrote:   How would you respond to someone who sends you an e-mail that says something like …”maybe you shouldn’t focus so much on your […]

Therapy Thursday: Be Nearsighted

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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 Steps to Quiet the Mind

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the practice of mindful meditation

The Healing Properties of Tears: 7 Good Reasons to Cry Your Eyes Out

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New York Times reporter Benedict Carey referred to tears in a recent piece as “emotional perspiration.” Given that I sweat a lot and hate deodorant, I suppose it makes sense that I weep often. But I’m not going to apologize […]

Who Moved My Cheese? Keep Moving the Cheese!

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Human beings are creatures of habit, which is why Spencer Johnson sold more than ten million copies of his book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” Business executives sit down to PowerPoint presentations based on it, and depressed patients watch the “Who […]

Be You Very Well

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St. Francis de Sales had four words of advice for pursuing spiritual excellence: “Be you very well.” I used to think if you survived junior high without too many scars, you could live comfortably in your own skin for the […]

Dr. Gordon Responds to My Review of “Unstuck”

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I try to make it a policy on Beyond Blue to publish the responses of authors when I write about their books. I very much appreciate Dr. Gordon taking the time to respond to me about his book “Unstuck: Your […]

Why Is Religion Important to Mental Health? An Interview with Jay Mahler and Rev. Laura Mancuso

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As a member of NAMI FaithNet, which “supports faith communities in mental illness outreach, education, and advocacy,” I receive their newsletters. A recent issue featured an interview by Gale Bataille and Bill Berkowitz with Jay Mahler, activist and founder of […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Your Sponges Separate

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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. […]

You Deplete Me: 10 Steps to End a Toxic Relationship

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“You complete me.” You know that line, right … from “Jerry McGuire”? It comes right before “You had me at hello” (another puker). The completing-the-other bit nauseates me a tad because we relationship-analyzers (some with the right initials after their […]

On Groundhog Day: 12 Winter Depression Busters

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I don’t really care if that bloody woodchuck emerges from its hole to see its shadow or not today. History tells this depressive that we still have a good 30 to 40 days to endure really crappy weather, during which […]

When Is a Lie an Act of Love?

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Experiments have found that ordinary people tell about two lies every ten minutes. I don’t see how that’s possible, as I’ve been alone the last hour writing this piece (oh dear, am I making it up as I go along?). […]

Mindful Monday: Pray As If It’s Your First Time

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The following reflection by Thomas Merton was published in a collection of Merton’s letters entitled “The Hidden Ground of Love.” There must be a time of day when the man who makes plans forgets his plans, and acts as if […]

An Interview with Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.: On Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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I have mentioned Dr. Elisha Goldstein in a few of my blogs. Psych Central added his blog, “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” just as I was looking more into mindfulness and relaxation techniques myself in order to try to de-stress. Dr. Goldstein […]

Therapy Thursday: Put On Some Training Wheels

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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. […]

How Do I Erect Personal Boundaries? Control Your Own Drawbridge

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen on erecting personal boundaries.

Elvira Aletta: I’ll Cry If I Want To

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I loved the post by Dr. Eliva G. Aletta on PsychCentral.com about crying. I find it comforting to hear a shrink say that she cries too. (I thought they were immune?) Elvira gives us some history on her philosophy on […]

On Taming Our Amygdala or Monkey Brain

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In “The Emotional Brain,” Joseph LeDoux, a professor of neuroscience at New York University, explains the “fear system” in laboratory animals and humans. The almond-shaped clump of tissue called the amygdala can be a real troublemaker. Whenever you sense potential […]

Mindful Monday: The Bible Says to Chill Out

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In case you didn’t know and you need something to repeat the next time you wig out, scripture is full of “chill out,” “hang tight,” “I got ya covered,” and “we’re cool” verses. Among them: Therefore I tell you, do […]

Motherhood and Depression: An Interview with Tracy Thompson

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Today’s interview is with Tracy Thompson, the author of “The Beast: A Journey Through Depression” and “The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression.” She has won numerous mental health awards, including one from NAMI for […]

Therapy Thursday: Read the Signs

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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 Ways to Manage Anxiety

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A dozen tips and techniques for managing anxiety.

Learning How to Read the Paper As a Depressive

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Learning to read the daily newspaper as a depressive is like learning to feed the ducks in Annapolis without getting crapped on by the seagulls: it demands good timing, a certain strategy, and an obnoxiously wide hat (to shield your […]

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 […]

Overcoming the 9 Types of Hopelessness

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how to overcome hopelessness, understanding hopelessness

Therapy Thursday: Pick a Pace

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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 Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

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Are you more susceptible to illness than other people? Do you have difficulty establishing proper boundaries in relationships, and communicating your needs?  You could be a Type C personality, which makes you more susceptible to illnesses, says Michael Jawer in […]

Video: My Personal Shield

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Last month’s video kind of ruined the surprise of today’s, but I suspect you were asking yourself, “What in the world is that thing she keeps holding up?” Well this week I get to tell you the details. Tune in […]

When Should You Be Hospitalized for Depression?

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I wish psychiatrists sent depressives home with instructions on when to go to the hospital similar to the ones obstetricians give to pregnant women once they reach 37 weeks of gestation: when your contractions last for a minute each and […]

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 […]

10 Stress Busters

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Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or at least give you a reason to get of bed in the morning. But chronic […]

Therapy Thursday: Stir the Oatmeal

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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. […]

8 Steps to Closure When a Friendship Ends

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Friendships are like marriages. Some evolve into mutually supportive and life-giving bonds while others grow more and more unhealthy, or even toxic. When a friendship ends–abruptly or subtly; via e-mail, phone conversation, or personal confrontation; with words or silence–I believe […]

10 Steps to Conquer Perfectionism

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Perfectionism. It’s the enemy of creativity, productivity, and, well, sanity. In “The Artist’s Way,” author Julia Cameron writes: “Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move head. It is a loop–an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get […]

6 Bipolar Rules for Eating

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The following post is by Hilary Smith, author of “Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar But Were Too Freaked Out to Ask” (Conari Press, 2010) and a cool blog to go with it, “Welcome […]

Mindful Monday: Wisdom Quotes for 2011 and Timeless Talmuldic Ethics For Everyone

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Before I met Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry and lecturer on bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, I did not know what a mensch was. I figured […]

Workarounds that Work: Russell Bishop’s Wise Advice for 2011

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Here’s an appropriate post for New Year’s Eve! How to organize your life! So that everything that happens in 2011 will fit into a nice, neat category. Sort of. My only resolution this year is to become more organized in […]

Video: The Season of Angels

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Yes, I do believe in angels. This is why. * Click here to subscribe to Beyond Blue and click here to follow Therese on Twitter and click here to join Group Beyond Blue, a depression support group. Now stop clicking.

Angels In My Hair: This Life Has Meaning

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The following excerpt is reprinted from “Angels In My Hair: The True Story of a Modern-Day Mystic” with permission by Doubleday. Since this is the season of angels and hope and miracles, I thought you’d like read it. One particular […]

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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A wonderful Russian Folk Tale about the Magi.

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, […]

A Christmas Classic: 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 […]

Video: O Holy Night

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This is what Christmas means to me: the return of hope, the season of joy, the spirit of love. A very merry Christmas (and Happy Holidays, of course) to all my Beyond Blue readers! * Click here to subscribe to Beyond […]

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 Perfect Christmas Gift: The Encouragement Box

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The following post was written by Diana Keough, who created ShareWIK.com. Since you all know how important my self-esteem file is, I thought you’d enjoy her story. You can find the original post at ShareWIK.com. Every year, buying Christmas presents […]

The Magnificat … Mary’s Song of Praise

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In celebration of Christmas, I always like to remember Mary’s beautiful song of praise.   And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my savior, For he has looked with favor on the lowliness […]

The First Day of Winter: 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 […]

Mindful Monday: Finding Christmas

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This reflection was from two 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 […]

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

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The annoying holiday letter. You know what I’m talking about, right? Here’s how it should read.

Video: The Miracle of the Poinsettia

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Three years ago I taped this video about the evolution of Beyond Blue. I read aloud a few letters from Beyond Blue readers. Thank you, again, for your continued support. I always love to hear from you. To view the […]

Video: The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas

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Holiday depression advice takes a creative turn for the worst.

The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas: The Lyrics

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Here are the lyrics to my “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” I meant to publish them with the video, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise … because you would know what’s coming next. However, I didn’t take […]

ShareWIK: Depression Before the Holidays

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Tips for holiday depression and holiday stress management.

Does Depression Affect Work? Um…Yeah

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The following is a guest post from John D. at Storied Mind. You can get to his original blog post by clicking here. One of the hardest admissions I have had to make about the effect of depression was to […]

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 […]

There’s Something About Mary

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I think about Mary often this time of year. More than usual, which is a lot.   Mary loves desperate people–the ones who have already tried Jesus and, for whatever reason, didn’t get results. That’s how my mom explained it […]

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: […]

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 […]

The Dark Night

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It’s probably no coincidence that I chose the poem “The Dark Night” composed by Carmelite mystic John of the Cross as the topic of my senior thesis back when I was a religious studies major in college. The poem is […]

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

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7 tips for all of us who are sugar-sensitive to stay on track during the holidays.

21 Holiday Stress Busters

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Tips for holiday stress management

Mindful Monday: A Child Has Been Born

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A Classic Christmas: Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature, and Treasured Verse and Scripture

John Grohol: 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

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John Grohol of Psych Central has written an excellent article about how to keep the joy in the holidays. Here are the first four tips, and you can read the rest by clicking here…. The Christmas season is upon us once […]

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 […]

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays.

Wednesday Martin: 10 Tips for Stepfamilies During the Holidays

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Great tips for stepfamily sanity during the holidays by the author of “Stepmonster.”

5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays

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“Eating Your Way to Happiness” author Elizabeth Somer gives us some tips for healthy eating during the holidays!

Mindful Monday: A Speck of Light

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If I counted up all the minutes I’ve spent staring into a flame, I wonder how many years of my life that would be. Certainly more than the hours I’ve spent brushing my teeth or combing my hair. It would […]

Stressed On Black Friday? Try These

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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 […]

For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

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I work at being grateful. Because it doesn’t come naturally.

6 Ways to Not Stuff Yourself This Thanksgiving

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It’s possible to leave Thanksgiving dinner with a tiny piece of room in your stomach. Here’s how.

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 clipper! “See, Eric, you don’t want me to cook, really you don’t.” To read the full AP […]

An Interview with Father Gratitude

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Here’s an intriguing interview with Professor Robert Emmons, who is well known within the Positive Psychology field as “Father Gratitude” because he has been researching gratitude for 10 years, and has conducted all sorts of studies to try and help […]

4 Gratitude Tips

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Being as I’m not great at gratitude (or I’m not like the guy in the Optimism Club that reader Peg talks about on the message board of my “Optimism Versus Hope” post), I appreciated these four simple gratitude tips by […]

Mindful Monday: God Places

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I’m a pilgrimage kind of gal. Throughout my life, I’ve flocked to places marked with divine fingerprints: Lourdes, France, where the muddy hole Bernadette Soubirous dug 150 years ago became a river of healing waters; Mexico City, home to the […]

When Someone You Love is Bipolar

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The following interview with Dr. Cynthia Last and her husband, authors of  “When Someone You Love Is Bipolar,” is reprinted with permission of Guilford Press.   1. Dr. Last, in your book you candidly admit that although you were originally […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying No

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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. […]

Karly Randolph Pittman: Transform Yourself with Self-Care

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I was inspired by the comment on Karly Randolph Pittman on the combox of my post “Video: I’m Simplifying My Life This Lent (FOR REAL). Karly runs a website called First Ourselves which can be found out www.firstourselves.com. She has […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

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Of all my tools to combat depression and negativity, humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I’m finding that the longer I practice laughing at life–and especially it’s frustrations–the better I become […]

Mindful Monday: The Fern and the Bamboo

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A classic that I like to post on Beyond Blue every now and then … One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to […]

Is It Safe to Take Medication for Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy?

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The following is an excerpt from “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition” by David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., Copyright © 2010. It is reprinted here with permission from Guilford Publications. “I had always struggled with my periods, which birth control […]

On Veteran’s Day: Some Grim Statistics

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On Veteran’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to site some statistics about veterans and mental health:   Almost one in three veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq confront mental health problems. On an average day in this country, suicide […]

Mental Health and the Military: One Psychiatrist’s Perspective

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Dr. Val Jones (formerly of Revolution Health) published an interesting interview with Richard K. Harding, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School […]

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 […]

Video: The Highly Sensitive Person

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If you have ever wondered why you don’t fare well in noisy places, why it takes you so much longer to adjust to change, or why your feelings are so much more intense than your friends, you will appreciate this […]

Mindful Monday: On Discipline and the Small Battles

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I thought I’d repost this piece from my archives, since it is a message I always need to be reminded of. Because battles don’t go away. You just get stronger in how you deal with them. Winston Churchill once wrote, […]

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, […]

3 Ways to Change with the Seasons

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There is a season for everything. Don’t resist. Go with it.

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying Yes

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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: “I WILL Get Better”

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m depressed, my self-talk goes something like this:”This is uncomfortable … I wish I were dead.””I don’t know what to do about x, y, and z … I wish I were dead.””I can’t […]

Video: Unload Your Guilt!

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Guilt is one of the main rivers feeding into the great lake of depression. And that’s unfortunate if you’ve been raised Catholic or Jewish. Or are prone to OCD behaviors like extreme rumination of thoughts. Soooooo ….. as usual, I […]

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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Awhile back “Time” Magazine published some fascinating articles on the “biology of belief”: how faith can heal us. Folks who attend church services on Sunday have a lower risk of dying in any one year than the guys who sleep […]

On All Saints Day: 7 Patron Saints for Healing and Comfort

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saints for healing and intercession

On Halloween: 9 Ways to Face Your Fears

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Since it’s that time of year … the spooky season, I thought I’d republish my post on how best to face your fears. Fears are like annoying relatives. You can’t avoid them forever, and ignoring them won’t make them go away. […]

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: Love Them Anyway

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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. […]

How to Stop Difficult People from Zapping Your Energy and Happiness

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Brian Vaszily wrote an interesting post on the website, Intent.com, called “How to Stop Difficult People from Zapping Your Energy and Happiness.” He suggests you pick something to EMULATE from your nemesis. Say what???? He writes: Instead of focusing on their […]

Video: Seasons and Moods

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I am one moody chick when it comes to the seasons of the year.

6 Steps to Serenity

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I don’t know how many times I utter the Serenity Prayer in a day, but it’s well into the double digits. In fact, the words penned by the late theologian Reinhold Niebuhr may very well be imprinted on my plastic […]

Mindful Monday: 10 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 […]

Kay Redfield Jamison on Psychotherapy

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I often wonder what it is, exactly, about psychotherapy that is so crucial to my recovery. I wish I only had to go to the self-help section of a bookstore or sit down for coffee at a friend’s house to […]

9 Rules for Surviving Therapy

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Have I ever said how much I wish I didn’t need therapy? I look forward to my annual pap more the therapy. Not because I don’t like my therapist – actually, I think she’s brilliant. But because it is so […]

Therapy Thursday: Send It Anyway

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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. […]

3 Steps to Move Past Your Hang Ups

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I used to be afraid to write. Because I knew I would write badly. I couldn’t commit my words to the page because I was sure I would use the wrong ones not to mention incorrect grammar and punctuation. I […]

Cancer AND Depression: Now That Truly Sucks

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A Beyond Blue reader asked: “What do you do when you are afflicted by BOTH cancer and depression? Your twelve steps work great for healthy people. But what do you do when you’re sick while trying not to plunge into […]

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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As a graduate student pursuing a degree in theology twelve years ago, I took a course called Systematic Theology–by far my toughest class–by a brilliant professor who was dying of bone marrow cancer. No one knew she was dying. She […]

Maybe It’s Not Your Marriage: The Longing to Leave

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On the blog, “Storied Mind,” one of my favorite posts is “The Longing to Leave.” It’s one of the most insightful pieces I’ve ever read about how depression can really mess up a marriage. Because when a person plummets into […]

Mindful Monday: On Praying Imperfectly

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In Luke’s gospel Jesus tells his disciples this parable: A widow begs a crooked judge for a just sentence against her adversary. After lots of badgering and nagging, the judge says, “Dang, Lady, I’m tired of you. I’ll send your […]

Hormonally Triggered Mood Disorders

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On the message board of my interview with Katherine Stone, author of the blog, Postpartum Progress, a reader asked this: “Is it possible that the postpartum depression can turn into something that can last for so many years? I wish I […]

Therapy Thursday: Do It Anyway

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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 Risk-Taking

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Kate Stinchfield wrote a fascinating article in “Time” about all the chemicals that go into risk-taking. Why do men such at Spitzer with so much at stake risk it in an act of sheer stupidity? Maybe something in his noggin […]

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 […]

12 Ways to Make (Good) Friends

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I was really sad to read that so many Beyond Blue readers don’t have four friends whom they could ask to compile lists of positive qualities in order to start a self-esteem file. It seemed that almost one-fourth of the […]

Mindful Monday: The Cracked Pot

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I love this tale from India, retold here by Mary Dessein. What a beautiful way of thinking about our illness, frustrating life situations, or crosses we bear. A water-bearer carries two large pots on a yoke across his shoulders up […]

Male Depression: An Interview with Peter V. Rabins, M.D.

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I often focus on women’s issues with regard to depression–hormonal triggers, people-pleasing, guilt, motherhood, and so forth–because, statistically speaking, more women than men suffer from depression. But, as you can read from the message boards, Beyond Blue has many male […]

Therapy Thursday: Call a Board Meeting

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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 Board Meeting in My Head

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Have you ever fantasized about being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company? With a little imagination and a few voices inside your head (I know you have them too … you’ve already told me about them), you can be […]

When Two or Three Are Gathered: On Spiritual Friendships

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I’ve long known the truth of Martin Buber’s line: “When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” It’s the same message that Jesus speaks in Matthew 18:20: “For where two […]

4 Steps to Mindfulness

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I’ve been pursuing a better understanding mindfulness–and trying to practice it–for a good six months now. In the last few weeks, though, I think I’ve made some progress due to a CD I’ve been listening to by Dr. Elisha Goldstein […]

Mindful Monday: To Everything There Is a Season

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I have always loved the verses of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, and throughout October and November I say them daily. The beautiful words are attributed to Solomon, which isn’t surprising since, according to the Bible, God granted him abundant wisdom.   Here […]

On the Feast Day of St. Therese: Roses From Heaven

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I like to publish this story every October 1, 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 “greatest saint […]

Therapy Thursday: Change the Locks

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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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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

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How to Handle Negative People
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8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
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Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
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