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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.

Just Say No: 10 Steps to Better Boundaries

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Treating Chronic Depression and Anxiety With Hallucinogens and Marijuana

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Johns Hopkins just published an interesting summary of the research out today on treating mood disorders with hallucinogens. In the most recent Depression and Anxiety Health Alert, the author chronicles the history of hallucinogens and how they affect the central […]

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Laugh When You’re Afraid

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“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go in sane,” sings Jimmy Buffett. “Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,” says a Japanese proverb. A sense of humor, for me, is by far the most useful weapon in […]

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Mindful Monday: What’s Your Brick Wall?

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This is a piece from my archives. But it’s a good reminder of my brick walls today. “Brick walls are there for a reason,” said Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor who so poignantly taught us how to […]

Exhale: On Antidepressants, Motherhood, and Pregnancy

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Awhile back Christina Gombar of Exhale interviewed me about pregnancy, medication, and motherhood. You can find the original interview by clicking here. Here’s what I had to say:   Christina: In your memoir, “Beyond Blue,” you attribute some of your […]

Therapy Thursday: See With the Heart

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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. […]

Four Steps to Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs

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“Whatever we believe colors the lenses of how we see the world and our very next interaction.”

We Need to Talk: 6 Steps to Better Communication

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In a recent job interview, I was asked, “How would you get your client to see things your way?”   I said, “By seeing things his way first.” The associate looked a little confused, so I continued. “You aren’t going […]

8 Ways to Overcome Envy

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I know that the fastest way to despair is by comparing one’s insides with another’s outsides, and that Max Ehrmann, the author of the classic poem “Desiderata,” was absolutely correct when he said that if you compare yourself with others […]

Mindful Monday: 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 […]

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder

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The following post is the Afterword of the newly released “Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder” by Valerie Porr. I have reprinted it here with permission of Oxford University Press. There are so many misconceptions about this disorder today. A friend of […]

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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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. […]

Living the Serenity Prayer: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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A few steps by Eileen Flanagan to live the Serenity Prayer.

Antidepressants Useless? Far From It: An Interview with Glenn Treisman

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“We’re so bound up in the DSM that people aren’t able to interpret the data anymore,” says Glenn Treisman. “That’s what’s happened in these studies.”

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 […]

Mindful Monday: Tips to Make Every Moment Matter

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The following passage has been adapted and reprinted with permission from the book “Every Moment Matters: Savoring the Stuff of Life” by John St. Augustine. I found it on the site www.care2com.   Because my life experience has shown me […]

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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Wake Up to Prayer

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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 Pray Together as a Couple

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Consider for a moment these statistics: According to the Americans for Divorce Reform, the divorce rate in this country will stay at somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of marriages if current trends continue. And Jennifer Baker of the Forest […]

Prozac AND Potatoes

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In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into […]

4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Immune System

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I read a very good and concise article in “Remedy Magazine” (Health and Wellness for Life) on how to boost your mental immune system by psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, M.D., medical director of the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at […]

How Do You Treat Empty-Nest Depression?

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Several mom friends of mine have lately come down with a bad case of “empty-nest depression”–moms who just dropped off their youngest offspring to college, or moms having difficulty keeping busy now that the youngest is in kindergarten all day. […]

Joshua Wolf Shenk: On Creative Relationships

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I’ve mentioned the work of Joshua Wolf Shenk before on Beyond Blue. He is known for his award-winning book on Abraham Lincoln’s melancholy, and is a gifted writer who is able to explain very confusing theories and topics in language […]

Eileen Flanagan: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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Here’s a great excerpt from Eileen Flanagan’s book “The Wisdom to Know the Difference,” now available in paperback! Learning to live with trust does not happen overnight, just as the spiritual practices in this book are not necessarily learned in a […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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According to Kevin Culligan, O.C.D, manic depression can mimic the behavior of someone growing in her spiritual life. Hey, that’s great news for me! The next time I get manic and tell an inappropriate joke to a colleague, I can […]

Am I Depressed or Just Deep?

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A psychologist and psychiatrist weigh in on “heroic melancholy.”

Therapy Thursday: Keep Showing 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. […]

12 Ways to Keep Going

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A Beyond Blue reader recently asked me to forward this piece to her. I needed to read it again, too … to try to find the dogged determination within me to stay focused on hope, not hopelessness. A woman who […]

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 […]

Warning Signs of College Depression

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I grabbed the following information from BehindHappyFaces.com. Changes in feelings such as fear and anger are a normal part of life. Personal situations, such as a family divorce, loss of a job, or strained relationships with family or friends can […]

Seeking Happily Ever After: Some Tips for Singles

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 40 percent of adults were single in 2009. Researchers have found that the “single stigma” is worst for women in their mid-20’s through mid-30’s. Women 35 and older are more content with their […]

Mindful Monday: Mother Teresa On Prayer

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Three years ago, Mother Teresa graced the cover of Time magazine when her private writings were published, many of the excerpts filled with surprising doubt, despair, and a kind of spiritual anguish. I was lucky enough to get one of […]

My Mind Is Not Always My Friend

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Um. Before you say, “duh???,” let me just say that the title of this post is the title of a new insightful book by Steven J. Fogel, business leader and Renaissance man, with Mark Rosin. A refreshing combination of psychology […]

Diana Keough: Death Row Inmate Teaches Me About God’s Grace

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I wanted to share the following story with you by Diana Keough, the editor-in-chief of ShareWIK and the mother of four sons, because I was truly inspired by it when she told me it the day we met. A friend […]

Therapy Thursday: Dance in the Rain

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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: Learning How to Dance In the Rain

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Gosh. If ever there were a movie made of my life, this would be it! It’s the 4:43 minute version of my book, “Beyond Blue.” I guess if you just joined this blog, or were wondering if anyone else besides […]

Knowing When It’s Time to End Therapy

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Part of my anxiety in job searching has to do with therapy and how I will pull it off if I have to work a 9 to 5 office job. Which, then, lead me to the thought: Is it time […]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I think of that several times a day thanks to a generous artist I know, Anya Getter, who sent me a beautiful painting of a woman with courage.  […]

Mindful Monday: Love After Love

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For today’s Mindful Monday, I thought I’d post Derek Walcott’s classic poem, “Love After Love.” It has become a powerful text for me in my recovery. The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your […]

The Good Men Project: Midlife Age Suicide

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Dan Fields, freelance health writer and former editor in chief of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self-Healing newsletter, recently sent me a link to his piece for a cool new online publication called “The Good Men Project Magazine.” I was especially intrigued […]

Everyday Health: What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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I’m always on the lookout for articles that touch on ways to communicate to a friend or family member who is depressed because, well, it’s a delicate issue and one that deserves some education. I found this quiz on Everyday […]

8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope

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Depression and bipolar disorder are family diseases. Everyone sharing a kitchen and a bathroom is affected. In fact, in his book “Understanding Depression,” J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., writes that “depression … has a much greater impact on marital life […]

Therapy Thursday: Count to Four

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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. […]

7 Quick Ways to Avoid a Meltdown

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When you feel like strangling the guy in front of you at Target, read these “7 Quick Ways to Calm Down,” or as the Huffington Post renamed them,  “7 Quick Ways to Avoid a Meltdown,” I laughed at the art that went with […]

On Mourning the Death of a Pet

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My friend, Priscilla, just lost her best friend (okay, after her husband, Jimmy). On her blog, she writes: Our beloved golden retriever died this morning, peacefully, after spending a wonderful week by our side on Martha’s Vineyard, at the beach, […]

15 Ways to Stop Obsessing

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For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with obsessive thoughts, with severe ruminations that can interfere with daily life. My thoughts get stuck on something and like a broken record, repeat a certain fear over and over and […]

An 8-Step Lifestyle Management Regimen

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Ever feel like you lose sight of the forest (your diagnosis or token illness) because you are too busy fighting your symptoms? Bill Chipur of Chipur.com has this 8 step “lifestyle management regimen.” I thought it was worth sharing: Self-honest […]

Mindful Monday: Prayers for Jobs and Money

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I usually don’t ask God outright for the goodies. I mean, clearly he knows my intentions. But I’ve always thought the best prayer was simply to ask for the strength to do whatever is God’s will, as long as his […]

6 Steps to Improve Your Marriage

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I usually stay away from these kinds of lists–at least ones compiled by other people, because I know my own advice is so right (kidding)–but my therapist friend, Elvira Aletta has a way of crafting advice pieces in a way […]

9 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage (the Gallery)

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According to Peggy Vaughan, the author of “The Monogamy Myth,” 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 stays monogamous within her marriage […]

Letter to Congress: Physicians and Hospitals Need Protection Too

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The following blog post is by Dora Calott Wang, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she received her […]

Dr. Ken Duckworth On Treating Bipolar Disorder

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Aside from my own psychiatrist, Dr. Smith, there are few doctors that can explain a confusing and complex condition like Bipolar Disorder with such clarity as the medical director of NAMI, Dr. Ken Duckworth. Three years ago, I had the […]

5 Good Reasons to Track Your Mood: An Interview with James Bishop

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my first Internet buddies, James Bishop, who runs the site FindingOptimism.com and writes the Finding Optimism blog which has been voted as one of the top depression blogs by Psych Central. […]

The Man Who Did Not Take His Medicine and the Dog Who Saved Him

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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Olajide Williams, a general neurologist with special interest in stroke. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University. The following story is an excerpt from his book, “Stroke Diaries,” which is a […]

Mindful Monday: The Prayer of Thomas Merton

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I’ve posted this prayer by Thomas Merton on Beyond Blue before, but it has brought me such comfort in the last few weeks that I wanted to share it all with you again. My Lord God, I have no idea […]

6 Favorite Prayers

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Here are my six favorite prayers … what are yours? The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the […]

8 Ways to Stop Holding a Grudge

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I loved these bits of advice from Beliefnet’s Renita Williams. Click here to see the original gallery. We all have experienced hurt and pain in our lives. Sometimes we are exposed to experiences so painful that they leave marks that […]

9 Lessons for Caregivers Through Serious Illness

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The late thirties and early forties can be the most stressful time of a person’s life if they are caring for their parents while raising children of their own. A few of my friends have become the primary or second […]

12 Depression Busters for Caregivers

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Tipper and Al Gore: Why Divorce After 40 Years?

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I’m the skeptical, jaded type who believes the passionate kiss former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper exchanged in front of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2004 was most likely staged. But I am truly puzzled, […]

12 Depression Busters for Divorce

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A dozen tips for battling depression after divorce.

Eating Disorders: It’s Generational

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The folks at ShareWIK.com have, once again, produced a polished video that communicates the complexity of an eating disorder, and how relationships contribute to the illness. Mom and daughter candidly talk about their relationship, their habits, and how the mother […]

Ginger Emas: Men Get Eating Disorders, Too

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Ginger Emas at ShareWIK.com has written an interesting piece about men and eating disorders. It piqued my interest because a friend of mine once asked me if she should be concerned about her son’s eating habits. He counted calories, stayed […]

Mindful Monday: The Parable of the Sower

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One of my favorite scripture passages–the one Eric and I actually used for our wedding ceremony–is the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13:   That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such […]

Video: Henri Nouwen and the Spiritual Life

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In “The Inner Voice of Love,” spiritual author Henri Nouwen writes: You can look at your life as a large cone that becomes narrower the deeper you go. There are many doors in that cone that give you chances to […]

Let Me Live Until I Die: An Interview with Thea Bowman

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Following are excerpts from an interview with Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister who became a huge inspiration to black Catholic communities, and to wider circles for her joy and gratitude, her nobility of spirit, and her very real spirituality. The […]

18 Ways to Manage Stress

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In her insightful book, “The Superstress Solution,” Roberta Lee, M.D. assesses the stress level in most homes today, and offers a word of caution about chronic stress. In her introduction, she writes:   We’re deluding ourselves if we think that […]

How Stressed Are You? Take the SuperStress Quiz

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Holly Lebowitz Rossi posted a stress quiz awhile back from Dr. Roberta Lee’s book, “The SuperStress Solution.”  Visit this post to take the quiz. * Click here to subscribe to Beyond Blue and click here to follow Therese on Twitter and click […]

6 Steps to Manage Anger

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I don’t really think of myself as having a hot temper. But I do have trouble speaking up when something starts to bother me. Thus, the irritant builds and builds, and instead of becoming a pearl, like a grain of […]

Jill Bolte Taylor: A Stroke of Insight

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Many of you may have seen the Ted video by Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist and spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center who survived a stroke in 1996, at age 37, to describe the shifts in her brain […]

Mindful Monday: Losing Our Fear of Rest

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I have been having a difficult time writing the “Mindful Monday” posts lately because I’m the opposite of mindful these days. You know how the Buddhist monks talk about the swinging monkeys of the brain, and how you need to […]

A 12-Step Meeting On the Air: An Interview with Denise McIntee

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In April I had the privilege of being interviewed on “Steppin’ Out Radio” by WABC-TV Sports Anchor and Reporter Scott Clark. Producer Denise McIntee formed her company, Powerful Radio Productions, to communicate true stories of inspiration and recovery from substance […]

12 Addiction Zappers

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By far my most popular post is the gallery, “12 Depression Busters.” But those suggestions were actually a response to Beyond Blue reader Peg’s query on how to stop smoking. They absolutely do help a person fight depression and the […]

Depression TV From WebMD

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Awhile back a producer from WebMD contacted me and asked me to solicit volunteers to be interviewed and videotaped for a cool series of videos on depression. I sent him a list of names, those of you who said you […]

Video: Living With Depression (the Hardest Part)

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If you had to pick one thing about depression that was the most difficult to live with, what would it be? (I know. It’s hard. There’s so many to choose from!) Here’s my choice … the inner critic that says […]

Surviving Domestic Violence: An Interview with Kathy Lockhart

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Today I have the honor of interviewing a woman who is a survivor in all meanings of that word. Kathy Lockhart is a professional Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Virginia and a […]

Signs That You’re In an Abusive Relationship

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I thought the following chart I found on helpguide.org might be helpful for those of you wondering if your relationship is abusive.

Getting Sober: Hope In the Rooms and Online

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Recovering alcoholics say there is magic to be found in the rooms of their support groups. I have experienced and benefitted from that, but, like others can’t name the exact ingredient of the meetings that has healing faculties.   Tara […]

Drinking Diaries: On Rejecting Addiction and Drama

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I was recently invited by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein who write and compile the fun blog, “Drinking Diaries” to contribute my two-cents on where I am with the whole drinking thing. Check out the other interesting pieces […]

Mindful Monday: Enjoy the Scenary

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I was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, […]

Anna Quindlen: Enjoy the View

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Another story that helps me to put things into proper perspective is a passage from Anna Quindlen’s “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” The text was originally her commencement address to Villanova University. Click here for the entire speech. […]

Black Pain: An African American Woman Exposes and Reduces Stigma in the Black Community

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I first learned about the (even greater than among white folks) stigma of mental illness in the Black community when I participated in a six-week outpatient program at Laurel Hospital. Half the group was African American, and I got to […]

Why Suicide? An Interview with Eric Marcus

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing New York Times bestselling author Eric Marcus on the important topic of suicide. Eric is the author of several books, including “Is It A Choice?, Making Gay History,” and “Together Forever.” He is […]

Mel Gibson’s Tirade and the 10 Top Myths of Bipolar Disorder

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Here’s a query I just read from ABC News: If he were playing the part of an incensed, maniacal,foul-mouthed boyfriend on screen, Mel Gibson’s latest tirade may have won him an Oscar. Instead, it could prove to be crucial evidence […]

Staying Together (Despite the Kids)

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Awhile back my friend Michelle said to the congregation at her husband’s funeral service: “He never spoke an unkind word to me.”   Another girlfriend and I looked at each other, jaws dropped. And then she whispered, “They didn’t have […]

Why Relationships Change After Marriage and Why Loyalty Brings Happiness

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A recent Northwestern University study found that what makes a person a good dating partner might not determine who is a suitable spouse. For couples in both a dating relationship and a marriage, an important contributor to a satisfying relationship […]

Mindful Monday: 6 Helpful Prayers to Know

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With all the uncertainty that’s going on in my life, I’m trying to cling to prayer as much as I can, to continually ask God to guide me in a direction that best promotes His peace in this world. Ironically, […]

Margarita Tartakovsky: Debunking 7 Depression Myths

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Margarita Tartakovsky who pens the lucent and substantive blog, “Weightless,” on PsychCentral has compiled a compelling list of depression myths, and then demystyfies them with impressive research and insight. I encourage you to read her original blog, “Depression Myths and […]

Katherine Stone: Why Do I Think About Harming My Baby?

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I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine Stone, creator of the most successful postpartum depression website, “Postpartum Progress,” in person at a BlogHer convention in 2007. We bonded immediately as we shared so many experiences in common. ShareWIK, the folks […]

Katherine Stone: 5 Things Every New Mother Should Know About Postpartum Depression

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One of Katherine’s most popular blog post is “5 Things Every New Mother Should Know About PPD.” It is certainly worth featuring on Beyond Blue. I was recently asked to put together a list of things women should know about […]

News Corp Sells Beliefnet to BN Media

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News flash! News Corp Has Sold Beliefnet to BN Media, a holding company that has investments in Affinity4, a marketer that raises funding for charities, ministries, and other non-profit organizations, and Cross Bridge, which offers online distribution of audio-video content for […]

Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret

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When I attended the Mental Health America conference a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of eating lunch with Washington Post journalist Steve Luxenberg, a moderator at the conference. He kindly inscribed for me a copy of his fascinating […]

Mindful Monday: The Old Man and His Horse–A Matter of Perspective

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A few people lately have reminded me of the Chinese parable “The Old Man and His Horse.” You’ve probably heard it. I publish it here not to say that all your problems are actually blessings. But what can often seem […]

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

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The maxim, “Where one door shuts, another opens,” is quoted, most famously, in the 21st chapter of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes’s classic, “Don Quixote.”

What Depression Does To Your Body

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Most people don’t think depression affects any other organ besides the brain. However, recent studies are finding that depression affects a host of other disorders. Among the conditions are these, just posted from a Johns Hopkins newsletter that I subscribe […]

6 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Alright, nothing like giving you guys more fodder to obsess and fret about, eh? Here are six more things that might be wrong with you … and you never want to ignore because, well, your life might end (and we […]

Just Keep Swimming: How Swimming Reduces Depression

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I’ve always known that I climb out of any pool a lot happier than when I dove in. Yes, I know any kind of aerobic exercise relieves depression. For starters, it stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder + Fish = Disaster

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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 […]

Take the Celebrity Depression Quiz!

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Holly Lebowitz Rossi, blogger of Fresh Living, compiled a cool quiz about celebrity depression. For example: 1.What U.S. president, known to suffer from bouts of depression, wrote this in a letter to a friend: “A tendency to melancholy… is a […]

Distraction: A Serious Problem of Modern Life

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Here is the irony in writing a piece about distraction. I told myself not to check my email until the column was done, but I did peak at my Facebook because I was awaiting a response. I saw that I […]

How to Pray When You’re Depressed

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When I was in the eye of depression’s storm, I couldn’t pray. I would go into my bedroom closet, shut the door, and light a candle in the dark. I stared into its flame, wanting so badly to feel at […]

Mindful Monday: Choose Three Things That Inspire You

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Do you have three things that you can place throughout your house to inspire you?

A Word About Hope

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The energy of hope breaks, perforates the hard walls of the tomb in which distraction, intemperance, and worries enclose us.

5 Reliable Findings from Happiness Research

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The following is a guest post by John Grohol of Psychcentral.com. Click here to get to his original article. Yes, I know. There are dozens of books written about how to increase your happiness, probably hundreds of different blogs all […]

Want to Be Happier? Kiss More, Hug More, Love More

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Gretchen Rubin writes a fascinating piece about how being more affectionate–touching and hugging and kissing more–can actually make us happier.

Find Your Life Mission (and then a job)

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In her newest book, “Jesus, Career Counselor: How to Find (and Keep) Your Perfect Work,” bestselling author Laurie Beth Jones cites a surprising statistic: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average 38-year-old will have held between ten to […]

Video: Write a Life Mission Statement!

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You may have had to memorize the mission statement of your corporation or school. But have you ever wondered what your own personal mission statement would say? After tutoring several midshipmen at the Naval Academy on this assignment, I decided […]

Are You Spiritual Or Psychotic? The Fine Line Between Prophetic and Crazy

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“Sometimes a fine line separates psychosis and off-center belief”

Are Depressives More Spiritual?

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I am what you might call a “depression snob.” I have a rather high opinion of people who suffer from depression and anxiety. I assume that if you carry bottles of Zoloft, Prozac, or Xanax in your purse, you are […]

Mindful Monday: Be Not Afraid

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I used to sing “Be Not Afraid,” in the shower as an anxious child. It was the one song that gave me great comfort, and every time I hear it, at Sunday Mass or at a funeral, I tear up. […]

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 […]

Don’t Give Up! 12 Ways to Keep Going

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My brilliant editor, Holly Rossi, compiled a beautiful gallery from the content of my post, “12 Ways to Keep Going.” Click here to view the gallery. A woman who lives with chronic pain said to my mom the other day, […]

Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Interview with Jody Smith

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jody Smith, creator of the website www.ncubator.ca, who spent 15 years losing the battle against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Three years ago, she found treatment that worked for her and is making a comeback. […]

Jesus: Career Counselor?

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Can Jesus be a career counselor? Bestselling author Laurie Beth Jones thinks so! Jesus – Career Counselor slideshow View more presentations from FSB Associates.

CafeMom Launches Depression Support Center

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CafeMom, the number one site for moms, just launched a depression support center that hosts a few cool things, like “Ask the Expert” events. Here’s a description: Feeling depressed or anxious? This is the place for you to connect with […]

Strong at the Broken Places: On Living, Bravely, with Chronic Illness

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Richard Cohen profiles five people living with chronic illness, and inspires us to do our best.

5 Rules for Living with Chronic Illness and Depression: An Interview with Elvira Aletta

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite therapists, Elvira Aletta, Ph.D., on a very important topic: chronic illness. I say important, because it now pertains to me (and thus is important), and I need to learn […]

Kay Redfield Jamison: A Profile in Courage

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Jacqueline L. Salmon wrote a beautiful profile of my mental health hero, Kay Redfield Jamison, in BP magazine. It captured the personality and life experience behind the bestselling author and expert on manic-depression. After I read “An Unquiet Mind,” I […]

6 Tips by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Also from BP Magazine: six tips from Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Stay on your medication. Get regular sleep. “[This is] far and away the most important thing next to medication.” Get […]

Mindful Monday: A Relapse Isn’t a Start-Over

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Spiritual author Henry Nouwen writes:   “When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. Your healing is not a straight line. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself, “All is […]

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.

True Blue: On Erasing Stigma (Or At Least Trying To)

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I really do believe in fate.  I mean, I know that my path isn’t carved in stone, and I have (too many, in my opinion) choices in how I get from point A to point B. But I firmly believe […]

The Strong, Sensitive Boy: An Interview with Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author of “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide,” “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion,” and “The Strong, Sensitive Boy.” He currently teaches workshops and consults internationally on coping strategies for highly […]

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 […]

Who Is Highly Sensitive? What Does That Mean?

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The following is a fascinating interview by Douglas Eby of another expert on highly-sensitive persons, life coach Jenna Forrest. Douglas Eby: According to Elaine Aron, author of “The Highly Sensitive Person,” about 15 to 20 percent of people have this […]

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?

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I fear that I’m giving my daughter an eating disorder with intentions of teaching her how to eat right. Which begs the question: which is more harmful–obesity (and diabetes) or an eating disorder? I’ve implemented a “one-treat rule” in our […]

7 Signs Your Body Image Is Bruised (and 5 Solutions)

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Among some very insightful posts on the blog “Weightless” is this one on ways to recognize poor body image…. In this day and age, it seems like a positive body image is a rarity. Whether you fit today’s skinny standards or […]

12 Depression Busters for Men: Help for Men Struggling with Depression

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Six million men, or seven percent of American men, suffer from depression, and millions more suffer silently because they either don’t recognize the symptoms.

Male Depression: Why It’s Undiagnosed and What It Looks Like

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Last month, I dedicated a day to the topic of women’s issues and depression: how our hormonal fluctuations contribute to depression and bipolar disorder. Some readers questioned whether or not the figures were accurate–that twice as many women than men […]

Mindful Monday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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I have had 14 days without any “I wish I were dead” thoughts. Two full weeks. It’s exhilarating but–and I know you can appreciate this–scary. Because I am so nervous for the thoughts to come back. It’s like finding your […]

A Word of Hope to the Despairing

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The following guest blog is by Mark, a Beyond Blue reader who wants works in the mental health field. If you are very depressed, you believe one thing – that things are going to be the same forever, and that […]

Music Therapy to Treat Depression

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Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Now new research shows that music therapy — either listening to or creating music with a specially trained therapist — can be a useful treatment for depression.

Monica A. Coleman: I Need Spirituals

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Music gives me the words I can’t find, and it gives me a rhythm to dance or slowly rock to.

ShareWIK: Surviving Sexual Abuse

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You all may remember the quality video that Sharewik.com producers made of Eric and I. They have published another dynamite testimony on surviving sexual abuse. I know that many of you are sexual abuse survivors and need to be validated […]

Sexual Abuse: My Journey from Survivor to Thriver

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“Memories of sexual abuse and rape suddenly began flooding my consciousness.”

Video: I, Too, Have a Dream

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Because I’m not healed completely and still very paranoid, I was alarmed when I found a video on YouTube entitled “On MLK Day: I, Too, Have a Dream.” I thought, “Oh dear, now I get to hear someone’s venom in […]

On Memorial Day: Thank You, Veterans

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I was going to write my own thank you note to all of the men and women who have served to protect this country, but I think John Grohol does such a beautiful job on his site. He writes: This […]

BP Magazine: An Interview with Carrie Fisher

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I enjoyed reading the interview with Carrie Fisher in BP Magazine by editor Nancy Tobin. Sometimes it’s refreshing to hear a Hollywood personality and Broadway star talk about the struggles of a mood disorder. Fisher now performs a highly-acclaimed Broadway […]

Celebrity Depression, Spiritual Lessons

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Lessons from celebrities who have come out of the closet as depressives.

Fasten Your Seatbelts! The Rollercoaster Ride of Manic Depression

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What goes up must come down … managing manic depression.

Video: Am I Manic?

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Most people envision mania as the woman who rings up $2000 on her master card, or the guy up all night composing music. But mania, and especially hypomania, need not be so obvious or extreme. If you suffer from a […]

How Do You Heal Loneliness?

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Loneliness contributes to most illnesses. How do we heal it?

10 More Ways to Make Friends

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From John Grohol … 10 more ways to make friends.

Christian and Depressed: What Churches Can Do to Help Persons with Mood Disorders

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Today I received this email from a Beyond Blue reader:   “I’m a Christian, and have been struggling with depression and my faith since my brother took his life 2-1/2 years ago. I joined your group for friends and tips […]

What Religion Can Do For Your Health

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Like many of you, I’m always telling people I will pray for their health, and I mean it. I realize that every person I pray for doesn’t get his wish just because I’ve engaged the Guy upstairs in a conversation, […]

Mindful Monday: You’re Good Enough Already (So Stop Trying)

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Keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.”

Avoid All Forms of Self-Rejection: Stop Blaming Yourself

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen on self-rejection and self blame.

Oprah’s Wellesley Commencement Address

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I love Oprah’s advice to graduates in her Wellesley College address. You can read the entire speech by clicking here. This is my favorite paragraph: I remember being taken off the air in Baltimore, being told that I was no […]

You Never Get Over It, But Life Does Get Better: On Losing a Child

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“Grief is an inevitable component of life lived fully. But losing a child ranks at the top of the hardest to bear.”

When Grief Becomes Depression

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Grief can become become severe depression or a mental disorder. Dr. Ron Pies explains how and why.

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

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Don’t take anything personally. That’s the second agreement of Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic, “The Four Agreements.” I need a reminder today. So I open his book to that chapter and read: Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…Nothing other […]

Video: Learning to Blow Bubbles

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but bubbles can never hurt me. So I put all the meannies–or at least their words–in bubbles, where they can’t bother me. Of course, I’m so sensitive that I went out and got […]

May Is Mental Health Month: Mental Health Statistics

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Today’s guest blog is by John Grohol, the CEO and founder of the site, PsychCentral. You can get to his original blog by clicking here. May is Mental Health Month again, so it’s also a good time to review the […]

Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression

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“The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression” is the newest documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz. It is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families. The film explores through firsthand accounts how depression can happen to anyone regardless […]

Mindful Monday: Just Be …

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For me, standing still is so much harder than running.

5 Steps to Improving Your Concentration

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The following is a guest post by Sam Horn, an author and consultant. For the full, gallery version, click here. When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, “I think the one lesson I’ve […]

Steppin’ Out Radio: True Stories of Inspiration and Transformation

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Steppin’ Out Radio in New York City. The show is hosted by WABC-TV’s anchor and sports director, Scott Clark. He’s also a recovering alcoholic who is passionate about […]

Grateful and Depressed? You Can Be Both

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I now know that gratitude is a separate animal to my depression, and that sometimes confusing the two, especially while in a depressive cycle, can do more harm than good.

5 Ways to Practice Gratitude: An Interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Today’s interview is with happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., who is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and the author of “The How of Happiness.” In 2002, Lyubomirsky was awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize. Currently, she […]

The Power of Forgiveness

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In the 1980s psychologist Everett L. Worthington, Jr. Ph.D., began studying forgiveness while working with troubled couples. On New Year’s Eve, 1995, his mother was murdered. Dr. Worthington then dedicated his life to encouraging and educating people about forgiveness. He […]

First Forgive

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Since we are the topic of forgiveness, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my book, “The Pocket Therapist.” Mother Teresa once said, “Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first […]

New Study Proves Jealousy Blinds and Distracts

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According to a new study by the University of Delaware, it’s jealousy that literally blinds us!

8 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy

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These 8 techniques will lead me out of the continent of jealousy and home, to self-acceptance … theoretically.

Neither Blame Nor Indulge: Medication, Therapy, Mindfulness, and Rest

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It is true both that very little depression is entirely the fault of the sufferer, and that almost all depression can be ameliorated with rigor.

Mindfulness Doesn’t Mean Anti-Medication

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Can a person practice mindfulness even though she relies on medication? Psychologist Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. helps us with that question.

Never Place a Period Where God Has Placed a Comma: Why You Need Friends

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Never place a period where God has placed a comma. That’s a line from comedienne Gracie Allen. Beliefnet’s faith editor, Ansley Roan, reminded me of that saying after reading my post last week about my bad book sales numbers and […]

21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment

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We will all encounter dissapointment in this life, but we aren’t always equipped to handle it. Here are some practical tips for handling dissapointment. My personal favorites: Throw Away the Evidence, Allow Cracks, Write About It and Hold Onto Hope…

Should We Let Our Kids See Us Fail?

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I thought this was an appropriate post because many people ask me how far they should go in hiding their depression from their kids.

The Idle Parent: On Being a Laid-Back Parent

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A book that argues why laid-back parents raise healthier and happier kids.

An Overmedicated Nation? Maybe, but That’s Not the Real Problem

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“Our country is overmedicated.” I get that a lot, usually right after I tell someone that I write a mental-health blog. Not as a hobby. As my job. Part of me agrees, the part that doesn’t want to get into […]

Judith Warner: The Wrong Story About Depression

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Happy pills don’t work, the story quickly became, even though, boiled down to that headline, it was neither startling nor particularly true.

Faith Pulled Me Through: Hope Is a Great Prophylactic

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If anything keeps us alive, it is, indeed, hope. And faith can provide that hope.

Mindful Monday: 7 Ways to Mindfully Boost Self-Esteem

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Fellow blogger Elisha Goldstein always has great insight over at his blog on PsychCentral, called “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.”  I especially liked his 7 ways to boost self-esteem using mindfulness. Here they are: Write it down – In working with erroneous […]

Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings

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One of the chapters in “The Pocket Therapist” is “Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings.” Ironically, a talented artist I know, Anya Getter, titled her piece, “A Guesthouse,” and sent a photo of it to me. Here is the entry […]

Don’t Mistake the Middle for the End

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I realize the more professional thing to do would be to keep this to myself, but, since I’ve always vowed to be as truthful as possible in my blog, here it is … I’ve been in the process of mourning […]

Tiny Stars of Love: Little Lights of Hope

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I love this meditation that I read the other morning by Jean Vanier, the founder of l’Arche, an international network of communities for the mentally disabled. I believe that the forces of life and the desires for communion are greater […]

Video: My Exodus Story

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It’s helpful for me to remember concrete moments where I gave up all control, when I let myself be transformed under the “stars of hope. Here is one such moment, an “exodus moment,” when I crossed the Red Sea from […]

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 2010. For the first time in American history, more women are working than men because close to 80 percent […]

Depression Busters for EVERYONE!

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Brilliant editor Holly Rossi has compiled of all my Depression Busters pieces into one cool resource page. Divorced? Unemployed? Caregiver? New mom? I got ya covered. Take a look and share with your friends if you think they would, you […]

Face It: 6 Steps to Help a Women Deal with Aging

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Mark Twain once wrote, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”   I like that. But get real. In a culture preoccupied with youth and beauty, where there has been a 114 […]

Surrender to Me, Surrender to Peace

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I love this time of the liturgical year, because the readings are full of hope and renewal, of promise and light. Here’s a nice meditation I read the other morning by Richard Hobbs, a convert to Catholicism and father of […]

Mindful Monday: Acknowledge Your Powerlessness

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Since we’ve been exploring the relationship between recovery from depression or another mood disorder and twelve-step work, I thought I’d share this meditation by Henri Nouwen with you as a Mindful Monday. This first step–admitting powerlessness–is so very important not […]

Addiction: Am I Really Powerless?

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Mark Gauvreau Judge wrestles with the belief that an alcoholic must admit to being powerlessness in order to begin recovery. I found this intriguing because I had such difficulty with that myself, since I gave up booze so early in […]

How Do You Find a Good Therapist? An Interview with Dr. John Grohol

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Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing a hero of mine, the brilliant mind behind PsychCentral.com, the Internet’s largest and oldest mental health network … Dr. John Grohol. John is the CEO and founder of Psych Central and has […]

No April Joke: 20 Things You Should Know About Suicide

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No joke. More suicides occur the month of April than any other month of the year. That doesn’t seem right, I know. Peach and azure tulips begin to open, the cherry blossoms, stunning with their pale pink flowers, perfume the […]

Depression: The Caretaker

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A depressive doesn’t always know how her illness affects those around her. Or if she does, she might try not to think about it too much. Watching this video of Eric was both painful and illuminating for me. I saw, […]

My Illness Is Not My Identity

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“In my experience, a diagnosis is an opinion and not a prediction.” How can you make your illness separate from your identity?

Addictions, Afflictions, and Mindfulness: A Psychotherapist’s Journey

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I suppose one of the perks of low self-esteem is that you are always flabbergasted when professional people read your stuff, and comment, and then BLOG about it. As my therapist aptly pointed out, my problem is not conceit. On […]

Depression Documentary Update

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Thanks so much to all those who expressed interested in the depression documentary being made by a large website. I didn’t know this piece of information when I learned of it, but they are looking for folks in the NY/NJ/Connecticut […]

Mindful Monday: The Art of Listening

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My friend Michelle just sent me a greeting card that says, “Things people say to cheer you up: 1. Look on the bright side. 2. Things could be worse. 3. Hey, it’s not so bad! Things that you can say […]

Who Wants to Be Featured in a Documentary About Depression?

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A large website just contacted me and asked if I knew of any interesting people suffering from depression who would be willing to talk to a journalist about coping skills, daily life, and so forth. A camera crew would need […]

7 Healthy 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 […]

You Might Want to See a Specialist

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Today’s guest post is written by Michelle Rapkin, author of “Any Day with Hair Is a Good Hair Day: How to Get Through Cancer and Get On with Your Life.” Yesterday I received a very funny chain e-mail that’s making […]

On Tax Day: Take a Moral Inventory of Yourself

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One of the most helpful steps for me when I started going to twelve-step meetings was to conduct a moral inventory of myself. Never before had I forced myself to be  accountable for some of the destructive events in my […]

Optimism for the iPhone is Here!

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Awhile back I wrote about James Bishop’s Optimism Software. It’s where technology meets self-help, and I believe his program can be very beneficial. (Click here for my blog about his software.)   Well, James has been very busy over the […]

50 Life Lessons: An Interview with Regina Brett

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When she was 50, journalist Regina Brett published a column of life lessons. By popular demand, here they are!

50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

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Here’s a cool widget thingy (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, stay cool), where you can put your mouse on the arrow and go through all 50 of Regina Brett’s lessons. Cool! if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘ca65cdee-b57b-4191-b236-890e119a703d’); Get the God […]

The Power of Self-Preservation

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I subscribe to NPR’s “This I Believe” series, and so often find nuggets of hope in the stories they cover. The following excerpt is from the essay by Hugo Haas, who was forced by the Nazis out of his Czech-born […]

The Pocket Therapist: Mental Health To Go!

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Imagine a GPS navigational system that said something like this: “In approximately 30 minutes, you will run into your old boss, who will want to make you feel like a worthless pile of feces. Erect personal boundaries immediately…. I said, […]

6 Things I Learned in Therapy

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I’ve spent more time in therapy than I care to think about. More hours on that bloody couch than I’ve spent in the shower, brushing my teeth, or on the phone with telemarketers, because let’s face it, when I’m home, […]

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