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When Faith Turns Neurotic

posted by Sharon Kirk

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 […]

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8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays

posted by jgordon1

For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, […]

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Therapy Notes: Give Amy a Bottle

posted by Beyond Blue

From my therapy notebook: I now know who to blame for my feelings of panic and anxiety … Amy. It’s all her fault. That’s what I call my amygdala, the delinquent cluster of neurons in the limbic system considered by […]

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Therapy Notes: Forecast Some Backsliding

posted by Beyond Blue

From my therapy notebook: The path to mental health is an uneven process: for every two steps forward, you move one and a half back. But if you know this before you start walking, you’ll be less tempted to throw […]

Manic: One Day at a Time

posted by Beyond Blue

The epilogue of Terri Cheney’s bestselling book “Manic” is great reading for any manic depressive. I’m sitting in my favorite café, writing a line, crossing it out. Writing a line, crossing it out. My soft-boiled egg will be cold by […]

Kay Redfield Jamison: Learning to Love Our Jagged Edges

posted by Beyond Blue

My absolute favorite essay on depression is a piece Kay Redfield Jamison wrote for NPR’s “This I Believe” collection of testimonies. It’s about learning to love our jagged edges. I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of […]

Bipolar Disorder I, II, Maybe III: There Are All Shades

posted by Beyond Blue

John McManamy writes an exceptionally informative article on the types of Bipolar Disorder as defined by the DSM-IV (the shrink handbook). You can get to his article and others by clicking here. I have pasted it below. There is far […]

What Should You Do If You Know Someone Is Suicidal?

posted by Beyond Blue

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

A Sudden Shift in Moods: Andrew Solomon and Cyclothymia

posted by Beyond Blue

I remember reading the following Washington Post article in December of 2005, when I was trying to figure out what in the heck was going on with me. It helped me to understand the nuances that exist within the family […]

Too Many Options? Try Closing Some Doors

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Peter D. Kramer: Standing Against Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

I knew there was little chance of getting a personal interview with Peter D. Kramer, clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University, and author of “Listening to Prozac” and “Against Depression,” among other books. So for my interview series, I […]

People-Pleasing: Today Is Not Your Day

posted by Beyond Blue

I’m reading, and rereading this archive post this week. Today would have been a good day for me to wear the t-shirt that says, “I can only please one person a day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn’t look […]

Just Listen

posted by Beyond Blue

I can’t count on my hand the number of times I’ve sobbed in front of a complete stranger because it’s happened more than a hundred times. But I can count the number of times I’ve been on the receiving end […]

Depression Treatment Center’s 2013 Ten Best Depression Blogs

posted by Beyond Blue

I am honored to be included on Depression Treatment Center’s list of 10 Best Depression Blogs. Among the other nine are many of my friends, including Storied Mind. Click here to read the full story. Finding the best blogs on […]

Top 10 Psychology Videos

posted by Beyond Blue

This is a very interesting list of videos Psych Central contributor Sandra Klume compiled. She writes, “Cognitive to clinical to social, the many applications of psychology reveal profound thoughts, human frailties and strengths. These are some of the best results, […]

A Pep-Talk for Those With Treatment-Resistant Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

I recently wrote a piece for Psych Central on treatment-resistant depression and some good news. In his book, Understanding Depression: What We Know And What You Can Do About It, J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D. asserts that for the 20 […]

The Depression Rules: How One Marriage Overcomes a Chronic Illness

posted by Beyond Blue

For Valentine’s Day, I wrote a piece for Everyday Health on how Eric and I stick together despite an illness that taxes both of us physically and emotionally. To read the piece, click this link. Here is the beginning …. […]

On Presidents’ Day: Happy Birthday, Abe!

posted by Beyond Blue

On Presidents’ Day I like to celebrate the birthday of my mental health hero. On those mornings I wake up embarrassed that I have aired my dirty laundry to the world–i.e. confessed to whomever reads my blog–that I am, in […]

John Grohol: 7 Ways to Cope With a Layoff

posted by Beyond Blue

John Grohol, over at PsychCentral.com, has some good tips for the recently laid off. He’s right in saying that losing your job feels like having the wind knocked out of you. I think this is especially true for men, since […]

On Discipline and the Small Battles

posted by Beyond Blue

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, […]

The Dark Night and Depression: An Interview With Tim Farrington

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Feel the Fear, But Don’t Be a Moron

posted by Beyond Blue

This is a favorite post from my archives on facing your fears (with a little common sense). Speaking of irrational phobias and obsessions, I learned an important lesson the morning (last month) I was supposed to run the 22nd Annual […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

How Can I Make My Spouse Understand My Bipolar?

posted by Beyond Blue

I just received this question from an anonymous reader: I have a question. I have bipolar and depression and the holidays are always hard for me as well as all most everyday of my life. My husband has a hard […]

I, Too, Have a Dream

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Christina Gombar: An Interview About Childless Women and Infertility

posted by Beyond Blue

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing writer Christina Gombar on the topic of infertility. She is an an accomplished writer whose commentary on women’s issues appeared in The London Review of Books, The New York Times, Working Woman, Scholastic, […]

Lincoln: An Oscar-Deserving Story of Hope

posted by Beyond Blue

The following blog was recently published on Psych Central. The 2012 American historical drama film “Lincoln”, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and twelve Academy Awards, including Best […]

12 Winter Depression Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Been There, Done That

posted by Beyond Blue

You Can’t Unlearn It

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve been repeating to myself lately something my therapist said in our session last month: “You can’t unlearn your progress.” Meaning, I can take a few steps backwards in my recovery from depression and anxiety, but that doesn’t erase all […]

My New Year’s Resolutions: Living the Questions

posted by Beyond Blue

Here are some interesting statistics I just found regarding New Year’s resolutions: *40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. *Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to […]

5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

posted by Beyond Blue

From “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: The Movement of Imperfection” by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian (check out their website): It’s been a banner year!  We began by getting a new minivan complete with a navigation system. It’s been […]

On the Winter Solstice: New Study Suggests Genetic Predisposition to SAD

posted by Beyond Blue

Happy winter solstice to all my Beyond Blue readers. I am celebrating by staring into my HappyLite! Here’s an interesting article about the possible genetic predisposition to SAD published by NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness: The holidays are a […]

The Woman Who Gave Birth in a Tree

posted by Beyond Blue

I heard a story the other day about a woman, Sofia Pedro, who gave birth to her infant daughter, Rositha Pedro, in a tree, above Mozambique’s floodwaters. She climbed to shelter in the tree after being forced out of her […]

The 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s that time of year again!!! Ready to hear it again??? DISCLAIMER: I am no Barbara Streisand. I’ve never taken a singing lesson in my life. Not one.The inspiration for this song came two weeks before Thanksgiving when I received […]

21 Holiday Stress Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

I have a theory regarding holiday stress: In the month of December, high levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) turn 80 percent of the American population into fruitcakes–just like the stale one delivered to your house yesterday. Because on top of […]

9 Holiday Depression Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

My “9 Holiday Depression Busters” are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So […]

Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Mental Illness Takes No Holiday

posted by Beyond Blue

We often reach out during the holidays to the poor and homeless — sponsoring a family during Christmas, or distributing toys to children without presents. However, we often forget those that suffer just as intensely within the walls of psych […]

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.: 5 Steps to Freeing Your Child (and Yourself) from Negative Thinking

posted by Beyond Blue

Following is the master plan to helping your child resist negative thinking that Dr. Tamar Chansky presents in her book “Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking.” However, her strategies are just as effective for adults. Used by permission of Da […]

5 Forms of Distorted Thinking

posted by Beyond Blue

A video including all the forms of my distorted thinking would be too big to store on You Tube. So I’ll present my top five: ways I torture myself upstairs. The good news? Then I can untwist the distortions and […]

15 Ways to Stop Obsessing

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

posted by Beyond Blue

Cicero said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” The English preacher John Henry Jowett wrote that “every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” And […]

The Good News and Bad News About Being Highly Sensitive

posted by Beyond Blue

Continuing the conversation from last week about being highly sensitive … Here’s an excerpt from Aron’s book, which helps to lay out the pros and cons of a being a person who should stay away from Disney World and Toys-R-Us […]

What Doesn’t Kill You … Well, It Still Really Sucks

posted by Beyond Blue

Albert Camus once wrote, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Carl Jung’s version: “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” During the two years of my severe depression, I would have replied, “Please shoot me then, because I […]

Are You Highly Sensitive?

posted by Beyond Blue

In my video post I mentioned Elaine Aron’s book, “The Highly Sensitive Person.” I advise all depressives to read it, because most of you are going to be highly sensitive (which is not a bad thing at all). I was […]

Discipline: How We Learn to Solve Problems

posted by Beyond Blue

If I had to name two things from my childhood that have helped me in my recovery from depression and anxiety more than any others, it would be these: my faith and the discipline I practiced in learning how to […]

Enough With Perfection

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve been gradually learning something about myself: I want to be perfect. And the fact that I’m not causes me suffering. All of the major world religions teach this lesson upfront: you’re not perfect, and the sooner you accept that […]

Blame the Illness, Not the Patient

posted by Beyond Blue

One of the most hurtful comments made to me during the worst of my depression was this: “You must not want to get better.” I know that person didn’t intend to be spiteful or mean. She’s just plain ignorant regarding […]

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: They Don’t Have to Be Perfect

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Peg for directing me on the combox to my post “12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy” to Elizabeth Scott’s review of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. As I mentioned on other posts, […]

Breaking the Patterns of Dysfunction

posted by Beyond Blue

In “Cutting Loose: An Adult’s Guide to Coming to Terms with Your Parents” Howard M. Halpern calls the interactions that develop between the inner child in us and the inner child in our parents “songs and dances” because, he explains, […]

12 Ways to Face Your Fears

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Why Are More Women Than Men Depressed?

posted by Beyond Blue

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

4 Ways to Clear the Mind Clutter

posted by Beyond Blue

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

4 Ways to Support Someone with Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Men, Work, and Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

One of my favorite male bloggers is John at Storied Mind because he writes about things most of my readers can relate to: work stress, sexual addictions, and the fine line between health and illness. I love his post called […]

Should I Make My Wife Go to the Hospital?

posted by Beyond Blue

The NAMI Maryland publication, “Connections,” published this question awhile back. It is one I am often asked: I was recently faced with the dilemma of whether or not my wife was a danger to herself and others, and whether or […]

8 Tips to Manage Financial Stress

posted by Beyond Blue

What do you do when you fret about losing your home, car, stocks, junk bonds, retirement savings, college funds, and everything else in the lyrics of a bad country song (truck, sorry forgot the truck)? I don’t really know, to […]

Replacing Old Tapes With New Ones

posted by Beyond Blue

On the first page of the book “Cutting Loose: An Adult’s Guide to Coming to Terms with Your Parents,” by Howard Halpern (same guy who wrote “How to Break Your Addiction to a Person”) a good friend wrote: “This was […]

The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve been part of too many heated discussions lately on bipolar disorder among kids. Because I know of several cases where it’s been sheer heartache for the parents, it’s difficult for me not to respond defensively at folks who dismiss […]

Dirty Little Secret: Help for Children of Hoarders

posted by Beyond Blue

Amanda grew up with a mother who hoarded everything from shoes to coupons. Newspapers were stacked in the bathroom of her childhood home, clothes were piled so high on her mother’s bed that she slept on the living room sofa. […]

Growing Up Bipolar

posted by Beyond Blue

“Were you bipolar growing up?” a magazine editor asked me the other day. “I don’t know,” I said. “Do you think you were misdiagnosed back then as depressed?” “I don’t know,” I said. I wasn’t annoyed. I wasn’t rushed. I […]

Struggle With, Not Victory Over

posted by Beyond Blue

This piece is reprinted from awhile back. It’s tempting for anyone who writes about depression and anxiety to preach from hindsight, after he has “recovered” from his mood disorder: “This is what I did to free myself from addiction” … […]

Life Is Like a Game of Candy Land

posted by Beyond Blue

  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 […]

Is It a Relapse?

posted by Beyond Blue

What does a relapse from depression feel like?

On Loneliness …

posted by Beyond Blue

The research is in. Loneliness isn’t just a case of the sniffles that can be cured by a singing Hallmark card. It’s associated with increased risk of heart disease, higher rates of inflammatory disease, and diminished immune function. According to […]

11 Ways to Help a Loved One in Denial

posted by Beyond Blue

What if your friend, mother, sibling, or father-in-law is severely depressed but refuses to recognize it? Most of us have been there at least once in our life: the awkward spot where you know a loved one has a mood […]

Depression and Dysthymia: What It Feels Like and What Works

posted by Beyond Blue

Dan Fields, a consultant to the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans, recently crafted a beautiful piece that articulates what his dysthymia feels like. I think his description does a better job of communicating the subtle signs of male depression […]

The Highly Sensitive Person and 10 Survival Tips

posted by Beyond Blue

The topic of being “highly sensitive” surfaces quite a bit on Beyond Blue, because there is a strong correlation between those of us who suffer from mood disorders and acute sensitivity issues. If you’re confused right about now, you might […]

Do You Hate Summer? You’re Not Alone

posted by Beyond Blue

Who would have known that there are so many summer haters out there? I didn’t think to write about summer depression until the cool website Mermaids of the Lake asked me to. (You must check out their site, because the […]

The Idiot’s Guide to Dealing With Idiots

posted by Beyond Blue

Idiots. The world is full of them. How hard it is for us, non-idiots, to put up with them. But to get our jobs done, our kids fed, and our pets groomed, we must deal with them. Idiots come in […]

10 Things To Do If You’re Stuck In a Rut

posted by Beyond Blue

What do you do when you’re stuck in a rut? Even though I’ve written about this in several posts—“12 Ways to Keep Going,” “Getting Through the Rough Spots,” and “12 Strategies to Help You Recover From Relapse”—I fail to remember […]

The Incredible Shrinking American Vacation

posted by Beyond Blue

Vacations are theoretical concepts that exist today only on paper. That’s according to Joe Robinson, work-life balance speaker, trainer, and author of “Don’t Miss Your Life.” His statistics are dire: Some 25 percent of Americans and 31 percent of low-wage […]

Better By Mistake: An Interview with Alina Tugend

posted by Beyond Blue

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

6 Ways to Stay Effective At Work When You’re Depressed

posted by Beyond Blue

How do you work when you’re depressed? I get that question a lot. Here’s the honest answer: I can’t. At least at my rock bottom, I wasn’t able to work. My efforts failed miserably because my self-confidence was way below […]

Therapy Thursday: Go Through It, Not Around It

posted by Beyond Blue

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. […]

Beyond Blue: 12 Lessons of Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Here are a dozen tools that help me manage my depression: the lessons and tricks I rely on to (try to) remain “Beyond Blue.”

6 Tips to Help Summer Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

The kids are out of school. Your neighbors are whistling on their way to work, greeting you with an enthusiasm peculiar to warm weather. And if you hear one more person ask you about your summer vacation plans, you will […]

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Take It Personally

posted by Beyond Blue

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 King’s Speech: A Story of Courage

posted by Beyond Blue

I am reprinting this post from this time last year. In the 2010 Oscar-winning historical film “The King’s Speech,” King George VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne and must overcome his stammer in order to speak with the authority […]

The Stupid Complex

posted by Beyond Blue

Nowhere in the DSM-IV does it mention “the stupid complex,” but I’m telling you it’s an epidemic these days. I used to suffer in silence. But ever since I’ve come out of the closet, I swear I find a fellow […]

Stop Thinking, Start Feeling: Take Your Hurts to Your Heart

posted by Beyond Blue

If you’ve studied the human brain as much as I have, you know exactly what is going on when you hit a patch of acute anxiety. You realize that the amygdala (fear center) of your brain has duct-taped the other, […]

Find Your Way: Check Your Assumptions

posted by Beyond Blue

Fellow Annapolis author R. K. Caroland wrote a nice little book called “Find Your Way.” I especially appreciate what he wrote about assumptions:   One of our biggest mistaken assumptions is that everyone thinks like me. So most of the […]

Are We Overmedicating? Or Is Our Health Care System Inadequate?

posted by Beyond Blue

People who’ve read only the first part of my book, Beyond Blue, often categorize me as being “anti-med” or a “psychiatrist-hater,” because in the early chapters I describe the arduous journey through hell and back trying to find a doctor […]

Therapy Thursday: Negotiate for What You Want in a Relationship

posted by Beyond Blue

I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Therapy Thursday: Give Back

posted by Beyond Blue

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 Strategies to Help You Recover From a Relapse

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s a dreadful place. Relapse. Maybe you had hoped you’d never go there. Or maybe you stay awake fearing you will. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to stay there for long. You’ll be on your way shortly. I prefer […]

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

The 8 Best Spiritual Sound Bites of Graduation Advice

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Struggle With, Not Victory Over

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s tempting for anyone who writes about depression and anxiety to preach from hindsight, after he has “recovered” from his mood disorder: “This is what I did to free myself from addiction” … “Here are five steps to instant weight […]

Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

posted by Beyond Blue

Last year this time I delivered the Commencement address to my alma mater, Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Since it is graduation season, I thought I’d repost it. Thank you, President Mooney. And thank you to all the […]

Label Me, Please

posted by Beyond Blue

For a long while I was afraid to write things such as “I am mentally ill” or “I am bipolar.” I was afraid of labels. By calling myself a manic-depressive would I trap my psyche in “sick” mode? By accepting […]

In Sickness and In Health

posted by Beyond Blue

“On Wednesday, I will leave my husband of twelve years. He is a depressive. He uses prescribed medication and has available to him a phalanx of good therapists. But he also self-medicates with alcohol. He disdains therapy. He refuses to […]

Therapy Thursday: Imagine the Worst

posted by Beyond Blue

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 Moment I Knew I Was Depressed

posted by Beyond Blue

I have stopped describing what depression feels like to the person with no experience of this “black dog,” as Winston Churchill called it, or even an occasional bout of melancholy, because my inability to express the physical and mental deterioration, […]

Talent Isn’t Everything. Persistance Is.

posted by Beyond Blue

Whenever I see a cocky musical sensation laugh hysterically at the performance or audition of a desperate wanna-be pop singer on “American Idol” or any of its tacky knockoffs, I want to take the mic cord and wrap it around […]

The Addictive Personality: Why Recovery Is a Lifetime Thing

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

7 Favorite Prayers

posted by Beyond Blue

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 difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment […]

Therapy Thursday: Imitate an Eagle

posted by Beyond Blue

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Art Buchwald: A Mental Health Hero

posted by Beyond Blue

I always like to feature the lives of my mental health heroes because I owe my life to their words, their testimonies, that fed me morsels of hope during my suicidal days. One is Art Buchwald. He was one of […]

Therapy Thursday: Build a Guesthouse For Your Feelings

posted by Beyond Blue

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. […]

No April Joke: 20 Things You Should Know About Suicide

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

The Greatest Commandment: Show Up With Flowers

posted by Beyond Blue

I stayed relatively silent about my depression for two decades because I felt I had no right to complain. Two million children in Africa die a year from Malaria. That’s suffering. Mothers risk their lives to give birth in war-torn […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Off the (Legal) Drugs

posted by Beyond Blue

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. […]

Be an April Fool … 9 Ways Humor Heals

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Get Off the (Legal) Drugs

posted by Beyond Blue

I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep a Consistent Rhythm

posted by Beyond Blue

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

posted by Beyond Blue

(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 […]

I Pray For Dawn

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Carry a Blankie

posted by Beyond Blue

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Start Uni-Tasking

posted by Beyond Blue

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 Not to Say to a Depressed Person

posted by Beyond Blue

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: Find a Mentor

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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. […]

What Comes First? Religion or Depression

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There’s a cartoon picturing a chicken and an egg in bed together. The chicken is smoking a cigarette with a very satisfied expression on his face, and the egg is restless and disgruntled. The egg finally looks over to the […]

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 […]

Therapy Thursday: Take a Shower

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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. […]

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 […]

On President’s Day: How 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 […]

How Do You Heal Loneliness?

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If I had to name the most common complaint I hear among depressives, it is that they are lonely. Just five minutes ago, I replied on a thread within Group Beyond Blue to a woman who started a thread called […]

Rewire Your Brain For Love: An Interview with Marsha Lucas, Ph.D.

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d feature an interview with a very cool licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist that I was lucky enough to meet in person at a book signing back in September. Marsha Lucas, Ph.D., has […]

Therapy Thursday: Sweat

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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. […]

Scrupulosity: What It Is and Why It’s Dangerous

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If you sprinkle a hefty dose of Catholic (or Jewish) guilt unto a fragile biochemistry headed toward a severe mood disorder, you usually arrive at some kind of a religious nut. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! For I […]

6 Ways to Stay Resilient in Stress

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Writer Jennifer Yane once said, “I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days will attack me at once.” Admittedly, I spend too many days myself running from “the attacks of the calendars.” I am thinking […]

And Then Life Happens …

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American journalist Allen Saunders was the first one to coin the phrase, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” I’m sure most of you can appreciate the truth of those words. In the last three years, life […]

Therapy Thursday: Bawl Your Eyes Out

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Are You Thin or Thick Skinned? Knowing Your Emotional Type

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I am often told that I should grow a thicker skin. I’m too sensitive. I let things get to me too much. Most people who struggle with depression are the same. We are more transparent and therefore absorb more into […]

January 24 Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year

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If you’re feeling depressed today, you’re in good company! January 24 is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. According to Dr. Cliff Arnalls, a British psychologist with Cardiff University, it’s almost like clockwork. A number of factors coincide […]

Ronald W. Pies M.D.: Getting Detached from Our Unhealthy Attachments

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The following is a guest blog from one of my favorite psychiatrists, Dr. Ronald W. Pies, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. An old eth­nic joke tells the story of the grand­mother who is walk­ing on […]

Therapy Thursday: Poke Fun At Your Problems

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: An Interview With Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.

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Anxiety. Do we know anyone without it? I mean, yes, some people don’t admit to having it. But it is assumed these days that if you have a pulse, you have anxiety. One of my best teachers on this topic […]

Three Ways to Cultivate Patience in 2012

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Being that my new year’s resolution is to be more content with living the questions in my life versus rushing towards the answers, I found useful the advice in Allan Lokos’s new book, “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.” Lokos […]

On MLK, Jr. Day: I, Too, Have a Dream

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Some of you may recognize my dream, but I like to repost it every now and then to keep it alive and give it legs. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I […]

Catch Me on Talking With Tobin

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I extremely honored to be the first guest on a talented friend’s radio show, “Talking with Tobin” on You! Radio Network! Heather Tobin’s show debuts Tuesday night at 8. Since this is the day after MLK, Jr. day, we are […]

On the Anniversary of a Death: The Five Ways We Grieve

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Yesterday marked the eighteenth anniversary of my dad’s death, so I thought I’d republish this piece about grieving. Back in the mid-twentieth century, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—and they stuck. Heck, I […]

Therapy Thursday: Befriend Yourself

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

12 Winter Depression Busters

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We’ve officially entered the hard months, the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say: the time of the year when the sun disappears and the pale complexions of your friends remind you that you had better take […]

Good Perfectionism versus Bad Perfectionism

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Although perfectionism undoubtedly brings me suffering and pain, I’ve come to appreciate the snobby part of my personality because it also bear gifts, especially over time. For the last three years, perfectionism has placed me in an okay spot in […]

Letter to Folks Without Depression and Anxiety

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Awhile back, a brave woman in the online support group that I moderate, but haven’t done a good job of moderating in awhile, penned this letter to people who do NOT suffer from anxiety and depression. I think it’s a […]

Therapy Thursday: Process heat and suffering like a coffee bean

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Depression: It’s Spiritually Incorrect

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A favorite from my archives … I’ve been politically incorrect for as long as I can remember. I really should wear a sign around my neck that says “I apologize if I say something offensive,” because it feels like I […]

My New Year’s Resolution: Living the Questions

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Here are some interesting statistics I just found regarding New Year’s resolutions: *40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. *Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to […]

5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

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I know what you’re thinking: another cheesy, goody-two-shoes article on how I can keep all those goals I’ve set going into 2010. If you abhor such articles (like 10 ways to de-clutter your bathroom), then keep on reading. I’m like […]

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

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From “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: The Movement of Imperfection” by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian (check out their website): It’s been a banner year!  We began by getting a new minivan complete with a navigation system. It’s been […]

12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

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A great holiday piece from John Grohol at Psych Central. Click here to read the whole piece. The Christmas season is upon us once again, and once again we find ourselves balancing between our work or studies, hanging out friends, […]

Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

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If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But we need as many laughs this holiday season as is possible. CHRISTMAS DISORDERS and CAROLS 1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear? 2. Multiple Personality Disorder […]

Beyond Blue Turns 5!

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Every year for Christmas I send poinsettias to a few special people in my life, and I buy a few for our home (which die quickly because I forget to water them). I always think about the legend of this […]

Mental Illness Takes No Holiday

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We often reach out during the holidays to the poor and homeless — sponsoring a family during Christmas, or distributing toys to children without presents. However, we often forget those that suffer just as intensely within the walls of psych […]

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

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This article isn’t just for diabetics. I found the tips by Frederic J.Vagnini, M.D., and Lawrence D. Chilnick, authors of “The Weight Loss Plan for Beating Diabetes” to be excellent guidelines for everyone who is sugar sensitive, and I’m putting […]

7 Ways to Deal With Holiday Grief

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Since so many people deal with grief, I thought it was important to repost this blog by Sandra Kiume over at PsychCentral. Click here to read the full article. Holidays tend to be family-oriented and if you’ve lost a loved […]

21 Holiday Stress Busters

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I have a theory regarding holiday stress: In the month of December, high levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) turn 80 percent of the American population into fruitcakes–just like the stale one delivered to your house yesterday. Because on top of […]

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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My “9 Holiday Depression Busters” are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So […]

10 Tips for Stepfamilies During the Holidays

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Since you all resonated with the post “Stepmonster: 8 Reasons Stepmothers Are Prone to Depression,” I thought I’d publish another blog post by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D, author of “Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act […]

6 Ways to Deal With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays

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George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” So that would explain why the holidays are so stressful. Those dear relatives who live in San Francisco suddenly are lingering in front of […]

8 Ways to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays

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The weather outside might be frightful but inside it’s definitely worse. According to New York psychologist Jay Seitz, 25 percent of people experience some kind of holiday anxiety or depression. That is, one in four people sipping eggnog feel like […]

Mind Over Appendix? I Don’t Think So

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Sometimes God uses you own words with which to knock you over the head. Today I read a meaningful email by someone who had read my book. She said it was the passage on page 120 to 121 that provided […]

On Black Friday: 7 Stress Stoppers

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You all may be braver than I. I do not step foot into the mall from Halloween to New Years. If I do, I usually end up locking myself in a Starbucks bathroom to finish a meltdown. So I thought […]

For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

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To get us in the mood for the Thanksgiving Holiday! …. Cicero said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” The English preacher John Henry Jowett wrote that “every virtue divorced […]

33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists

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What is your favorite self-help book? A group of psychologists I connect with via LinkedIn, The Psychology Network, published their recommendations. Since most of them are mental health professionals (unlike me, who just pretends she is), their list lends credibility […]

Therapy Thursday: Peak Inside Some Other Homes

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Dr. Jon LaPook: Living With OCD

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Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News, penned an important post on the Huffington Post about OCD. For his CBS segment, he interviewed Jeff Bell, KCBS radio broadcaster and author of “Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Meets the Fish

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Here’s an entry from my archives that you’ll appreciate. Maybe. If you have a sense of humor. And are a tad OCDish like me. The most challenging part of my sprint triathlon last weekend had nothing to do with physical […]

The Greek Miracle: How Ancient Greek Philosophy Can Save You, Or At Least Improve Your Life

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Former nightclub owner Nicholas Kardaras died ten years ago. That’s right. For a few minutes his pulse was flat. Then he “pulled a Lazarus” as he describes it. He was revived and clung to life for a bit with the […]

5 Steps to Having More Fun: An Interview with John McManamy

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Today I have the delight of interviewing fellow blogger, John McManamy. He is an award-winning mental health journalist and author of “Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You … That You Need to Know” […]

Therapy Thursday: Unplug

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Video: The Eating Season

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I call the 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s “the eating season,” because the temptation to snack on all kinds of crap is intrusive this time of year, with boxes of Belgian chocolate coming in with every client who […]

Should You Share Your Therapist With a Friend?

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I have a friend who lives by this cardinal rule: She will never ever work with a friend. So when jobs surface in her company, or if she hears of an opening in her field, she only shares the information […]

Daylight Savings Time and SAD: Get Your HappyLite!

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Okay, folks, we’ve got two days until Armageddon for depressives: Daylight Savings Time. Time to pull out the HappyLites! In case you think I’m making up all this stuff about less light leading to depression, especially in the winter months, […]

Therapy Thursday: Buy the Tootsie Rolls

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Are Rich People More Depressed Than Poor? And Other Depression Factoids

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I taped a radio show the other day with Court Lewis of American Variety Radio in which he wanted me to cover the demographics of depression. So here we go. Many of these stats I assembled from the book Understanding […]

On Halloween: 5 Emotional Vampires — and How to Combat Them

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In the spirit of halloween, I thought you’d all appreciate some vampire talk. In her new book, “Emotional Freedom,” UCLA psychiatrist Judith Orloff identifies five kinds of vampires that are lurking around and can zap our energy if we’re not […]

Therapy Thursday: Honor Your Neurosis

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

10 Steps to Starting Your Self-Esteem File

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Five years ago I walked into my therapist’s office feeling like a Krispy-Kreme doughnut: I had no center. Everything I attempted both professionally and personally flopped. I had no sense of self, no confidence, and no faith in myself. I […]

A Dog Named Slugger: How Service Dogs Improve the Lives of Many

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Consider these surprising studies concerning the benefit of trained service dogs to help all kinds of disabilities: A recent survey showed that 82 percent of patients with PTSD who were assigned a dog had a decrease in symptoms, and 40 […]

Therapy Thursday: Think Short-Term

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Good News for Treatment-Resistant Depression

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I wanted to remind folks who suffer from treatment-resistant depression of the success rate as reported in the Johns Hopkins White Papers: If you’re on an antidepressant and it’s not working, don’t give up on it: You may need a […]

Using Music to Relieve Depression

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Caught in a terrible conundrum of whether I should break my diet over New York Super Fudge Chunk or Chunky Monkey at Ben and Jerry’s yesterday, I was reading the different fliers pinned to the community bulletin board inside this […]

Therapy Thursday: Solicit the Pros

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

16 Ways Depression Is Like a Pumpkin

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Yes. It’s that season where I compare everything to a pumpkin! 1. It comes in all shapes and sizes (and diagnoses). 2. With enough creativity, you can it put it to good use. 3. You have to carefully monitor kids […]

I Am So NOT Sorry: An Exercise in Exposure Therapy

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One form of cognitive behavioral therapy is exposure therapy, where your brain is supposed to form new connections and rewrite the language of your amygdala (fear center), so that it doesn’t associate every dog with the pit bull who took […]

Mindful Monday: Just Listen

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Dr. Remen, who spends her life comforting sick people, wrote this in her chapter “Just Listen” (part of “Kitchen Table Wisdom”): One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted to tell […]

Recovery Inc.’s Tool Box

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, my great aunt GiGi, who was one of my mental health heroes, owed her life to Recovery Inc. and she would occasionally share with me nuggets of its wisdom, like the following tools, […]

Therapy Thursday: Stay With the Loneliness

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Transcendental Meditation: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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Being that my job is to feature and review books on psychology, spirituality, and especially the intersection between the two, I receive my share of books on meditation. And as a person who has been trying to meditate for two […]

When Your Workplace Is Toxic

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If you find yourself in a toxic relationship, you always have the option of ditching the friend and moving on. However, when the environment in which you make your bread and butter damages your self-esteem and robs you of self-confidence, […]

Is Anyone Normal Today?

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

Better By Mistake: An Interview with Alina Tugend

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

Mindful Monday: Wrestling with God

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

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

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

Learning to Breathe: An Interview With Priscilla Warner

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

Therapy Thursday: Befriend Yourself

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Empty-Nest Depression

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

Compulsive Hoarding and 6 Tips to Help

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It’s been awhile since I covered the topic of compulsive hoarding, because the last time I did I posted photos of my nut collection and book pile, and the next thing I know I was contacted by Discovery Disney to […]

Mindful Monday: The First Yes, the Moment of Conversion

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

Can Drug Rehabs Treat Mood Disorders?

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

Therapy Thursday: Poke Fun at Your Problems

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Statistics You Should Know About College Depression

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

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