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People’s Profile of Catherine Zeta Jones and Bipolar II

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Shania Twain: Emerging from a “Very Deep, Dark Slump”

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Shania Twain talked openly on Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network about her depression following the collapse of her marriage to Robert Lange, “a very deep, dark slump,” and how she forced herself back into life again. “I had to force […]

Depression’s Upside? Let’s Rethink That

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Image by Ben Weeks. Here’s where I sound very, very bipolar. I wrote an article a few weeks ago on “10 Good Things About Depression” and now I’m supporting psychiatrist Ron Pies’s viewpoint that we should not perpetuate what he […]

Fr. Jim Martin on The Colbert Report: He’s the Show’s New Chaplain

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I’m going to do a little name dropping here and say that my FRIEND Jim Martin has become Stephen Colbert’s chaplain. This is his THIRD appearance on The Colbert Report, and Jim invited me to be part of the audience! […]

You Think Work Sucks? Try This!

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Thanks to fellow blogger Susan Schechter for referring me to a hilarious four-second video. Because I’m still a technological moron, I can’t figure out how to embed it, so I’m going to send you all to her blog, “If You’re […]

Time Magazine: Is Facebook Our Friend or Foe?

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Let me utter my full disclosure upfront: I spend way too much time on the social networking site, Facebook, and there is a very real possibility that I’m addicted to it. In fact, I’m developing my own twelve-step program to […]

What (Psychologically) Makes a President Great?

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My friend John Grohol has written an excellent article on what attributes, psychologically speaking, best predict Presidential greatness. In his recent “World of Psychology” post, he writes: A researcher named Simonton did a study in 1981 that found the single […]

Rick Warren’s Inaugural Invocation

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I was very moved by the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren for Obama’s inauguration. I was glad to find it transcribed by CQ Transcriptions, and published by the Associated Press. Here it is … Let us pray.  Almighty God, our […]

On Inauguration Tuesday: Barack Obama’s Stance on Mental Health Parity

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For all of you readers who are curious to know what Barack Obama’s stance is on mental health parity, I did some digging and found this letter he wrote (okay someone from his office) to mental health blogger, Alicia Sparks. […]

Black Men and Suicide: The Case of Abraham Biggs

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I have long wanted to write about depression and the stigma felt in the African-American community. In both my inpatient and outpatient treatments, black women and men talked about the need to keep their mood disorder private. Newsweek magazine recently […]

10 Tips for the Suddenly Unemployed

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Jennifer Kushell, the President and Co-founder of Your Success Network and author of “Secrets of the Young & Successful: How to Get Everything You Want Without Waiting a Lifetime” has compiled 10 tips for the tens of thousands of people […]

Top 10 Comfort Movies

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Since we are having a discussion in Group Beyond Blue about which movies we hate the most, or which do a horrific job of portraying mental illness on the big screen, I thought I’d post Movie Mom’s fun gallery on […]

Willie Aames Spills to Star on Depression, Divorce, Suicide Attempt

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Beliefnet’s Esther Kustanowitz has written an interesting blog on actor Willie Aames, citing the interview with Star magazine about his depression and suicide attempt. If you’d like to read more, check out Esther’s blog by clicking here.

Marley & Me: The Real Story

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Want to know the real story behind “Marley & Me”? This USA Today article from the bestselling author John Grogan is an interesting read. Sometimes amazing gifts come in small packages, and sometimes they come wrapped in soft white fur. […]

The Last Lecture: 5 Evergreen Lessons

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I am republishing a post I wrote around the time of Pausch’s death. It seems like the closer one is to death, the more genuine one becomes. The more courageous one is to speak his truth, and nothing but the […]

Dr. Drew from Celebrity Rehab and Tom Cruise

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Also from Save the Assistant’s Lilit Marcus comes this interesting nugget … Dr. Drew, the psychologist/addiction specialist who runs the clinic on the TV show “Celebrity Rehab” said the following about Tom Cruise: A lot of people in the public […]

Blogging and Online Communities: The New Support Group

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When it comes to fashion, I usually run about two years behind. Right as the bell-bottom jeans are no longer in vogue, I decide to buy a pair. But, hey, when it comes to the state of psychiatry and support […]

Your Blog Can Be Group Therapy

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Among those quoted for CNN’s article, “Your blog can be group therapy,” was Therapy Doc, whom I‘ve interviewed for our “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” series. The article is worth reading. You can get to it by clicking here. […]

Is Blogging Better Than Prozac?

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As I mentioned, Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus forwarded me a response to the CNN article published on Jezebel. com, which discusses the miracle of communication. Of course, we at Beyond Blue, already know this. But it’s a fascinating read regardless. To […]

Gwyneth Paltrow Battled Postpartum Depression

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Thanks once more to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus for finding this celebrity gossip on Perez Hilton’s blog: Gwyneth Paltrow reveals in the May issue of Vogue that she battled post-partum depression after the birth of baby #2, Moses. “I felt really […]

Herschel Walker: What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

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Okay. This is going to sound bad, really bad, coming from a person who is trying to lessen the stigma attached to mental disorders, but when I learned about former NFL star Herschel Walker’s dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known […]

Britney Spears: A Story of Hope

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Here’s an ironic moment: just as I’m off to the Mood Disorder Symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins, I decide to pick up some water and sunflower seeds for the road trip (no, there isn’t a connection between them and sanity). […]

Virginia Tech a Year Later: 7 Things You Should Know About College Campuses Today

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? Yesterday USA Today’s Marilyn Elias wrote an interesting piece about the status of college campuses today with regard to mental illness awareness this first anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Here are some interesting points of her article: 1. […]

Where Illness Ends and Evil Begins: Why Did Cho Seung Hui Do It?

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A year ago, at the time of the Virginia Tech massacre, I wrote a post about where illness ends and evil begins. The killings raised all kinds of questions for me: theological and philosophical ones along side scientific ones. Here […]

J.K. Rowling’s Suicidal Days

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Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus and my friend Priscilla Warner for the lead on J.K. Rowling’s quotes regarding her depression. As much as I am pleased that she admits her despondency in the years before the Harry Potter series, and […]

Young Pilot Ends Her Life at 26

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I was saddened to read about the suicide of young pilot Vicki Van Meter, who made news in the 1990s when she piloted a plane across America at age 11 and from the US to Europe at age 12. Her […]

Silda Spitzer: Should She Stay?

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What’s worse for kids: a bad marriage or divorce? The Eliot Spitzer scandal asks that questions all over again, not that I’m implying that they have a bad marriage. It’s just that, well, Silda’s husband hired a hooker. There’s sort […]

Feed, Nurture, Foster Those Sensitive Types

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I really liked this comment by reader Chattering Mind regarding Heath’s Ledger’s death because it brings up a lot of emotions I’ve been feeling lately, and also addresses my fears about my very sensitive boy: There are people on earth […]

Heath Ledger Dies Battling Drugs and Depression

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader (and Exploring Faith Group Club administrator) Priscilla Warner for the link to an interesting article on Health Ledger’s death by HeraldSun.com. To get to the article, click here. It begins: HEATH Ledger was battling drug […]

My Error on Heath

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Apologies to my readers for my mistake in my original post about Heath Ledger. I didn’t read the sources carefully enough–because I was rushing and I wanted to go to bed, which brings home the lesson that we should never […]

Heath Ledger: He Was Ill

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I’m searching for what, exactly, to say about what news reports are indicating might be a suicide by Heath Ledger, and all I can come up with are the words “he was ill,” spoken by the family of the late […]

Heath Ledger’s Friends Saw His Depression

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Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus who forwarded me the link to US Magazine’s story on Heath. In the article: News of Heath Ledger’s death has shaken friends of the actor. “This is terrible and I’m in shock,” a close friend […]

My Problem with “The Kite Runner”

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Brace yourselves. Because I’m about to say something politically incorrect: I have issues with “The Kite Runner.” And the fact that no one does is further proof of how biased our culture is against the mentally ill. The summer before […]

Beliefnet’s Interview with Khaled Hosseini

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Sara Shereen Bakhshian of Beliefnet interviewed Khaled Hosseini about his blockbuster novel, “The Kite Runner,” the new movie, his faith and values, and about Islam in Afghanistan. To get to the interview click here. Below are some excerpts: The movie […]

Mission SOOOOOOOO Impossible: My Converting to Scientology

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Thanks once more to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker who obviously reads the newspaper and online sources more than I do. If you’ve ever wandered what, exactly, Tom Cruise believes, here is your chance to find out! I tried to […]

Britney and Mental Illness: Sometimes We Can’t Do What We’re Expected to Do

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I was impressed by all the compassion for Britney and others that are caught in the perfect storm of addiction and mental illness on the combox of my post “Britney: Is Addiction More Acceptable Than Mental Illness?” I especially loved […]

Britney Spears: There But for the Grace of God Go I

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As I read about Britney’s hospitalization last week, her increasingly erratic and bizarre behavior, and her deteriorating mental and physical health, I react with the simultaneous disgust and sympathy that most people (who have a heart) do: “Get some sense, […]

Britney: Is Addiction More Acceptable Than Mental Illness?

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Beliefnet’s Ellen Leventry wrote an excellent article about the latest Britney story–her hospitalization last Thursday. To get to her original article click here. Below are some excerpts: What Halliburton of the spirit will win the bidding for the reconstruction of […]

Mother Teresa: Hope

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I was moved by these words Rod Dreher wrote on his blog post about Mother Teresa: Verily, verily I say unto you, Mother Teresa of Calcutta is the patron saint for a world that has lost its ability to believe, […]

Owen Wilson: Media Has Gone Too Far

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I like what Beliefnet’s Ellen Leventry has to say about the media coverage regarding Owen Wilson’s attempted suicide. To read her blog post “Owen Wilson: Media has Gone Too Far,” click here. It begins: I am not easily offended or […]

Stars Get Depressed, Too

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Tony Hicks wrote an interesting article on how the public responds to reports of celebrity depression. To read his piece, “Yes, Stars Like Owen Wilson Can Hurt, Too,” click here. It begins: Shouldn’t Owen Wilson be immune to misery? He’s […]

Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith

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Time Magazine recently featured Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith as its cover story. Click here to read the full article by David Van Biema. It begins . . . On Dec. 11, 1979, Mother Teresa, the “Saint of the Gutters,” […]

The Saint’s Hidden Life

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Associated Press also covered the revelation about her dark years that the new compilation of writings, “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light,” has unearthed. You can read the story, join the Beliefnet conversation, and take a poll about feeling the […]

New Beyond Blue E-mail Sign Up

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Beliefnet has a cool new feature where you can sign up to receive a daily e-mail update from Beyond Blue. I have signed up for it: to remind myself what I wrote about, and to whom I owe apologies. The […]

BlogHer ’07: Estrogen City

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If you want to visit a place so packed with estrogen that women pass out maxipads with business cards (not really) and your free tote bag is loaded with lotions, makeup, and body gels (really), plan to attend next year’s […]

Experience Project

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While at BlogHer I learned about the Experience Project. EP allows users to anonymously tell their life experiences and stories and connect with other users that share those same experiences. They have a great deal of content around depression and […]

Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote?

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New York Times reporter Pam Belluck’s article, “States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote” sort of reminded me of the tougher, revised Chinese laws on adoption–one stipulation being that no one taking antidepressants gets a kid. I […]

Defending my Faith on Sirius

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I will discussing my post, “On Defending My Faith,” on Sirius Radio, the Catholic Channel, Tuesday morning at 6:40 a.m. If you’re up, tune in!

‘Spiritually Incorrect’ on Sirius

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I will be discussing my post from last Friday, “Depression: It’s Spiritually Incorrect” on Sirius radio, on the Catholic Channel, Wednesday morning at 6:40 a.m. If you’re up, tune in!

Society Versus the Law

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Of course, even if we had done our best to treat Cho and killers like him, we may have seen the same outcome. Because our hands would have been tied legally. That’s why everyone I know in their twenties wants […]

Mentally Ill, Psychopath, or Evil? I Need to Know

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Was Cho Seung Hui–the shooter identified in the Virgina Tech killings–mentally ill or irreparably evil? Did he suffer from a treatable mood disorder, or was he a psychopath unable to be helped? It’s a theological, psychological, and sociological riddle–an ugly […]

Prayers of Comfort

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This gallery of prayers offers solace, healing, and support from several world traditions. And you can post your own prayer for the lost and bereaved of Virginia Tech on Beliefnet’s prayer circle.

Words For When I’m Wordless

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I’m grasping for words today. What do you write the day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history? I can barely look at the front page Washington Post photo of the wounded being carried from Norris Hall, an academic building […]

God Isn’t Random

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The deadliest killing spree in U.S. history happened this morning: at least 32 people killed and more than two dozen others injured during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech (according to the latest “Washington Post” story). I’m afraid to read […]

When the Cure Is Not Worth the Cost

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What do you guys think about this op-ed piece in the “New York Times” today by Maia Szalavitz? I have an opinion, but I want to hear yours first.

My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic

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I’ll be on Sirius radio, on the Catholic Channel, to discuss my Beliefnet article, “My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic,” about Eric’s (forced) conversion to Catholicism. If you’re up and alert, tune in for it on Monday at 6:40 a.m.

HBO’s Addiction Project Debuts

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HBO’s The Addiction Project, which the network calls “an unprecedented multi-platform campaign aimed at helping Americans understand addiction as a chronic but treatable brain disease,” debuts Thursday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET with its feature film component, titled “Addiction.”

Generation Me Me Me

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There is such a thing as having too much self-esteem. I would like to have that problem, just as I would like to say, “I must have a high metabolism or something, because I just can’t seem to gain weight. […]

Ten Years

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Thanks to all of you who asked about the ruling on the motorcycle accident case for which I almost served as a juror. The defendant faces a maximum of ten years in prison. I cringed when I read this statement […]

Hardly a Secret

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There’s a big secret out there–“The Secret“–waiting to be discovered by all of us who want a better, easier life. Rhonda Byrne, an Australian filmmaker, has repackaged the ancient philosophy of the “law of attraction” and the power of positive […]

The “Astronut”

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Sometimes the headlines can work to your advantage. Take the bizarre story about the astronaut love triangle. After reading how Lisa Nowak (a Naval Academy grad) drove cross-country in diapers, I thought to myself, maybe I’m more normal than I […]

An Inconvenient, Depressing Truth

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I’ve never been so excited to freeze my buns off. Ever since the temperatures dropped into the single digits (with wind chill) a few days ago, I’ve been dancing around the house in my Irish wool sweater singing, “We’re not […]

Robertson and Global Warming

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By the way, Pat Robertson says he now believes in global warming.

Jury Duty

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Maybe the general public (and especially the U.S. government) isn’t as wigged out by mental illness as I thought. Surely a letter to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County stating that I had been hospitalized within the year for […]

You Sort of Complete Me

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Here’s a Newsweek interview with Jennifer Crocker, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who focuses on self-esteem issues, regarding the treatment of contestants on “American Idol.” She believes that the judges’ criticism “can hurt people’s self-esteem temporarily […]

Lies, Lies, Lies

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I always knew that a person had to be without disabilities to work (I’m self-employed) or have health-insurance coverage (I’m on Eric’s company plan). But I was reminded today–while renewing my driver’s license–that you also need to be perfect in […]

Year of the Pig

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According to the Chinese calendar, 2007 is (quite fittingly) the Year of the Pig. This Communist country is getting quite picky with who is allowed to adopt their babies. All persons taking antidepressants are out. But don’t feel bad, fellow […]

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