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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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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 […]

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Depression: The Greatest Character Defect of All

posted by Beyond Blue

Some poll somewhere said that 60 percent of the public would opt to elect a convicted child molester as president over an atheist. I’m sure the same is true about a person who takes antidepressant. Or suffers from depression, for […]

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 […]

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.”

12 Office Depression Busters: Tips for Work Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Tips to manage work depression.

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, […]

Thank You

posted by Beyond Blue

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your supportive, kind, and touching comments. I’ve been having a difficult time lately, but your comments inspire me to keep going and worry only about the next 15 minutes. Thanks […]

Is Your Job Making You Depressed?

posted by Beyond Blue

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

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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

8 Depression Busters for Teens

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Is Your Work Making You Depressed?

posted by Beyond Blue

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

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Suicides Spike in April and May

posted by Beyond Blue

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

I Believe In Quitting

posted by Beyond Blue

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

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 […]

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 […]

On Groundhog Day: 12 Winter Depression Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Elvira Aletta: I’ll Cry If I Want To

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Therapy Thursday: Pick a Pace

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 First Day of Winter: 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 […]

ShareWIK: Depression Before the Holidays

posted by Beyond Blue

Tips for holiday depression and holiday stress management.

John Grohol: 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

posted by Beyond Blue

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

16 Ways Depression Is Like a Pumpkin

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Am I Depressed or Just Deep?

posted by Beyond Blue

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

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 […]

On Mourning the Death of a Pet

posted by Beyond Blue

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, […]

Dr. Ken Duckworth On Treating Bipolar Disorder

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

12 Depression Busters for Divorce

posted by Beyond Blue

A dozen tips for battling depression after divorce.

Depression TV From WebMD

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

How to Pray When You’re Depressed

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Are Depressives More Spiritual?

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Don’t Give Up! 12 Ways to Keep Going

posted by Beyond Blue

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, […]

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

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

What Religion Can Do For Your Health

posted by Beyond Blue

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, […]

21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment

posted by Beyond Blue

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…

Judith Warner: The Wrong Story About Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

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

How Can I Make Someone Get Help?

posted by Beyond Blue

Recently I’ve gotten more involved in NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, who produces some great publications for those of us who either struggle with mental illness or live with a loved one’s disorder. One of my favorite features […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

posted by Beyond Blue

I wrote this post awhile back, and Beliefnet featured it as a gallery.  Of all my tools to combat stress-especially the stress of dealing with my illness or someone else’s–humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the […]

Patrick Tracey on Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Addiction

posted by Beyond Blue

Since today is not only St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest drinking day of the year, but also my 21st anniversary of sobriety, I wanted to talk to Patrick about dual diagnosis, since he is also a recovering alcoholic. I asked […]

God Is Down Here (and Up There)

posted by Beyond Blue

Here’s a small snapshot of how my faith buttresses me on a daily basis. After two weeks of a blizzard, where nothing got done because the kids were home, and one week of vacation, I sat down to go through […]

Depression’s Upside? Let’s Rethink That

posted by Beyond Blue

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 […]

Marie Osmond’s Son Commits Suicide: Why Are So Many Teens Depressed?

posted by Beyond Blue

Entertainment Tonight recently reported that TV and music star Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide last Friday in Los Angeles. In his suicide note, he described a life-long battle with depression, the reason for his suicide.   Osmond […]

How We Can Help Teens At Risk of Suicide: Celebrity, Suicide, and Young Adulthood

posted by Beyond Blue

John Grohol at Psychcentral.com wrote a powerful post about teen suicides, full of great advice for all of us … in order to be more aware and to possibly intervene before a life is taken. In his post, “Celebrity, Suicide, […]

Learning How to Be Unhappy in Better Ways: An Interview with Andrew Solomon

posted by Beyond Blue

Andrew Solomon discusses different strategies to stay resilient.

Andrew Solomon: 4 Pieces of Advice to Persons Struggling with Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Four pieces of advice from depression expert Andrew Solomon.

Are You Depressed? Take This Quiz to Find Out

posted by Beyond Blue

The CUDOS Form is a wonderful assessment to see if you’re depressed.

The Latest on Antidepressants: Be Careful Where You Get Your Facts

posted by Beyond Blue

James Gordon, author of “Unstuck” and Charles Barber, author of “Comfortably Numb” present some interesting statistics on antidepressants. However, for persons like myself who suffer from severe depression, some context is needed to their facts. An article in the Summer […]

Psalm 91: God Is With You

posted by Beyond Blue

I recently came upon this message on my Beliefnet homepage: I have bipolar as well, but I am usually more depressed than manic. I fight every day to look for something to cling to do I do not take my […]

Self-Help Course May Have Led to Suicide

posted by Beyond Blue

Don’t let self-help programs be a therapist or psychiatrist.

9 Holiday Depression Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

Holiday Stress and Depression Management. Holiday Stress and Depression Busters.

Dr. Ron Pies: Holiday Blues, With Some Shades of Grey

posted by Beyond Blue

Psychiatric Ron Pies weighs in on holiday depression.

The Informant! 7 Myths of Bipolar Disorder

posted by Beyond Blue

Are manic depressives a bunch of pathological liars with no conscience? Ah, no.

In Sickness and Health: 8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope

posted by Beyond Blue

Awhile back I published a post about tips to help a loved one cope with bipolar disorder. Holly and her helpers compiled it into a lovely gallery which is part of the bipolar resource page. I’ve excerpted my introduction below, but […]

Brain Power: The New Psychosurgery

posted by Beyond Blue

Psychiatric neurosurgery for severe cases of depression, anxiety, and OCD.

4 Kinds of Brain-Stimulating Techniques

posted by Beyond Blue

Here is a concise summary of four brain-stimulating techniques being used today to treat severe chronic depression. The summary appeared in the Fall 2006 Issue of the Johns Hopkins’s Bulletin.   1. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the oldest and the […]

Stepmonster: 8 Reasons Why Stepmothers Are Prone to Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Why stepmother is the “perfect storm” for depression.

Mindful Monday: What Kind of Life Do You Want Now?

posted by Beyond Blue

Haley Scott who was paralyzed teaches lessons in perseverance and determination.

There’s Nothing Deep About Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Peter Kramer argues why depression doesn’t have anything to do with being deep.

Daylight Savings Time and SAD

posted by Beyond Blue

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, […]

Recognizing SAD

posted by Beyond Blue

According to Karen Swartz, here’s how to recognize seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized by recurring bouts of major depression that usually coincide with the shorter daylight hours of autumn and winter. Though a person with […]

Lawyers and Depression: An Interview with Daniel Lukasik

posted by Beyond Blue

An attorney lists 3 reasons why so many lawyers are depressed and 5 things they can do every day to beat depression.

Daniel Lukasik: Stress, Depression and Our Bodies

posted by Beyond Blue

How to avoid burnout.

Mindful Monday: 11 Ways to Treat the Death Thoughts That Come with Depression and Anxiety

posted by Beyond Blue

Some tips for when you can’t stop thinking about death.

Treating Depression and Folate Deficiency with Medical Foods

posted by Beyond Blue

Alicia Sparks’s post “Treating Depression and Folate Deficiency with Medical Foods” on PsychCentral discusses a fascinating topic. I was supposed to be part of the media briefing she participated in, but couldn’t be there, so I wanted to feature her […]

Social Attachment, Motherhood, and Mental Illness: An Interview with Jessica Zucker

posted by Beyond Blue

Social attachment tips for new moms from a psychologist, and ways to compensate when you didn’t experience that as a baby.

Mindful Monday: When Darkness Surrounds You

posted by Beyond Blue

Mother Teresa and Henri Nouwen both experienced dark nights of the soul.

Mindful Monday: Dare to Stay with Your Pain, Stay with Your Loneliness

posted by Beyond Blue

Spiritual author Henri Nouwen and psychologist John Bradshaw on healing the pain of your inner child.

Video: Don’t Give Up

posted by Beyond Blue

I actually taped this video awhile back. Some of you may have already seen it. Even though it’s not a great shot of me, the video’s message, on perseverance, is important, I think. And that’s the theme today. So I […]

Bounce: 6 Steps to Become More Resilient

posted by Beyond Blue

How do you bounce back? Tips for resilience

Use Caution With Positive Thinking

posted by Beyond Blue

positive thinking can make your thoughts worse, self-help can hurt you

Depression Increases the Risk of Major Diseases and Illnesses

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s fairly known that depression can occur after a heart attack and can increase the likelihood of a second heart attack. But did you know that the flip side is also true? That depression itself can increase a person’s risk […]

Give Me the Gun: When Suicidal Ideations Take Over

posted by Beyond Blue

I have been thinking about this question ever since I read it on a discussion thread in Group Beyond Blue. Group Beyond Blue member Meg writes: So, my husband has shown interest in getting a handgun permit. It’s the South, […]

10 Steps to a Self-Esteem File

posted by Beyond Blue

For newbies, or for any reader wanting more information, I recently wrote out 10 steps to make your own self-esteem file. These instructions are featured in this Beliefnet gallery that you can get to by clicking here. Here’s my intro […]

Schedule of a HSF (Highly Sensitive Family)

posted by Beyond Blue

A typical Saturday morning in our highly-sensitive house looks like this: 2:00 a.m. HSH (highly sensitive husband) goes downstairs to sleep on the couch because he keeps getting awoken by the loud snoring of his HSW (highly sensitive wife), who […]

Preschool Depression Is Real

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s official. Depression is real among kids as young as three. In a study lead by Dr. Joan Luby, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis, researchers found that preschoolers with depression had a 4 times greater likelihood of […]

Signs of Childhood Depression May Surprise

posted by Beyond Blue

I found the following post by Rick Nauert, Ph.D., Senior News Editor interesting. Click here to get to it. New research suggests the symptoms of depression among children are often different from those displayed by adults. German scientists discovered children […]

It’s Official: We’re Miserable

posted by Beyond Blue

I love the polls that fellow blogger John McManamy offers on his blog, Knowledge Is Necessity, and I love his entertaining way of putting all the facts together. So July was a pretty crappy month for him and his readers. […]

Recovery From Addiction and Depression: An Interview with Vivian Eisenecher

posted by Beyond Blue

recovery from addiction and depression, dual diagnosis

Can the 12 Steps Help a Mood Disorder?

posted by Beyond Blue

I also asked Vivian if a person struggling with a mood disorder can benefit from the 12 steps in his or her recovery. This is what she said … I think the 12 steps can be used to recover from […]

John Gallagher: I Went from Suicide to Surrender

posted by Beyond Blue

Nine years ago John Gallagher tried to kill himself–not once, but twice. Today, with God’s help, he is dedicating his life to helping others cope with depression and its impact on families. Here is his story. Read more at www.speakingaboutdepression.com. […]

Henri Nouwen on Living with the “Not Yet”

posted by Beyond Blue

The following passage is from Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Inner Voice of Love”: Try to keep your small, fearful self close to you. This is going to be a struggle, because you have to live for a while with the […]

3 Ways We Can Control Our Moods

posted by Beyond Blue

Larry Drain of the Hopeworks Community blog wrote an excellent post on three things we can do about our moods: prevention, coping, learning. He writes “Moods are processes–not event. They have a coming and a going.” Like mindfulness specialist Elisha […]

9 Favorite Scripture Verses

posted by Beyond Blue

On my post “6 Favorite Prayers,” Beyond Blue reader June wrote: “Thank you so much for these!?Will there be a sequel?” Here my sequel! 9 of my favorite scripture verses … Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything There is a […]

4 Steps to Mindfulness

posted by Beyond Blue

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

Love After Love: A Poem About Mindfulness

posted by Beyond Blue

At the end of track 3, of Elisha Goldstein’s CD, “Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression,” he recites this moving poem by Derek Walcot. Each time I hear it, I get a little closer to self-acceptance. And ironically enough, […]

Pundits Ponder Whether Palin Had Postpartum Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

Katherine Stone over at Postpartum Progress writes an interesting post in response to the Vanity Fair article by Todd Purdum suggesting that former Vice President candidate Govern Sarah Palin was experiencing postpartum depression during the Presidential campaign. She is right […]

Mindful Monday: Don’t Let Fear Motivate You

posted by Beyond Blue

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Do Antidepressants Dull Emotions?An Interview with Ron Pies, M.D.

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Why Antidepressants Do Live Up to the Hype: I See a Cup Half Full

posted by Beyond Blue

I always get a little irritated with articles like the one just published in Time magazine: “Why Antidepressants Don’t Live Up to the Hype” by John Cloud. Why? Because I know that somewhere out there is a person who is […]

The Dark Night and Clinical Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

What’s the difference between a dark night of the soul, as understood by the Spanish Carmelite mystic, St. John of the Cross, and clinical depression? It is a topic that has intrigued me for over 15 years because my senior […]

An Excerpt from “A Hell of Mercy” by Tim Farrington

posted by Beyond Blue

From A HELL OF MERCY by Tim Farrington. Copyright C 2009 by Tim Farrington. Reprinted by permission of HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Doubt as to whether you are in a dark night or “just depressed” is probably a […]

12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy

posted by Beyond Blue

I have been told that envy is my least becoming quality. But what do you expect from a girl who grew up with three gorgeous sisters within three years of me? Cute junior-high boys used me to get to my […]

A Letter to New Moms

posted by Beyond Blue

Blogger Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress, will host the first annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health this Mother’s Day. This online event will feature 24 open letters to new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. Each […]

Group Beyond Blue: Can You See Your Progress?

posted by Beyond Blue

I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue where folks are chatting about their small and big victories. To join the discussion, click here or visit Group Beyond Blue by clicking here. I especially liked this contribution from John […]

One Life Saved, One Not

posted by Beyond Blue

Just when I think that Beyond Blue is just a bunch of yuppie whining, and the real problems of the world are found in the poverty-stricken corners of Somalia, not in the air-conditioned, spacious family rooms of middle- and upper-class […]

Erika Krull: Motherhood and Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

The following post is one of the best that I’ve read regarding postpartum depression and other health conditions related to pregnancy and motherhood. You can get to it by clicking here. I have excerpted a few paragraphs. Gender expectations and […]

Friday’s Question: Is Depression Really Less Common in Men Than in Women?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Group Beyond Blue: What’s Your Response?

posted by Beyond Blue

I recently told my therapist that I was going to come up with an automatic response to unintentional hurtful comments that come my way, so that I don’t have to absorb them and stew over them hours after the conversation […]

On the Huffington Post: 12 Depression Busters

posted by Beyond Blue

I was thrilled to see my 12 Depression Busters featured as the lead on the Huffington Post’s Living section (until they changed to “6 Things You Didn’t Know About Passover,” which is also a great read. Anyway, if you’re feeling […]

John McManamy: Play, People, Play!

posted by Beyond Blue

Awhile back, fellow blogger John McManamy and I were talking about the dull process of becoming an adult, and how important it is to retain our playful spirits, especially if you’re battling a mood disorder. Well, he certainly took my […]

How to Pray When Depressed

posted by Beyond Blue

I often refer to this gallery of ways you can pray when you’re depressed written by Kathryn J. Hermes, F.S.P. I’m glad she gives us 10 spiritual techniques because my prayer method changes daily when I’m going through a cycle. […]

Video: Good Boundaries, Bad Boundaries

posted by Beyond Blue

Since I’m talking a lot about boundaries lately, I thought I’d republish the one I taped last summer where I describe an exercise I learned in the psych ward (how to visualize your boundaries) and give you an example of […]

Brains of People with Depression Are Different (As if you didn’t know that)

posted by Beyond Blue

I admit that I find it somewhat consoling to read studies that prove our brains are different because that makes me feel legitimate in my gripes, or vindicated in my efforts to correct my thought distortions. Like there really is […]

Friday’s Question: How Do You Grow Your Faith As a Person With a Mental Illness?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Depression: It’s Spiritually Incorrect

posted by Beyond Blue

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 am eating the soles of my […]

Surviving Depression: A Mindful Way

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve had the great pleasure of developing a relationship with Dr. Elisha Goldstein who writes the blog “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy” for Psych Central. I’m featuring an interview with him coming up, but I wanted to link to one of his […]

John McManamy: Depression … Are We All Alone?

posted by Beyond Blue

Many thanks to my friend John McManamy for blogging on my post “Depression: They Just Don’t Get It” last week. I like how he answers the question, “Are we all alone in our depression?” No, not really. Way too many […]

Depression: They Just Don’t Get It

posted by Beyond Blue

I’ve learned in 12-step support groups that if you decide to share something important with a loved one, or try to amend a broken relationships, you should do so without any expectation of a response. I wish I had followed […]

John McManamy: When a Friend Commits Suicide

posted by Beyond Blue

I was moved by fellow bloggers John McManamy’s tribue to his friend, Kevin, who commit suicide just six months ago. John has channelled his grief by producing an important suicide prevention video “The Road to Nowhere.” I urge you to […]

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

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 […]

John Grohol: Efficacy of Antidepressants

posted by Beyond Blue

Given the topic of our interview today, I thought I’d include a link over to John Grohol’s excellent article, “Efficacy of Antidepressants” where he analyzes the studies published last year that try to shake the efficacy and usefulness of modern […]

Edward Shorter: Before Prozac–The Troubled History of Mood Disorders

posted by Beyond Blue

I need to preface today’s interview by saying that I whole-heartedly support treatment of depression with the right pharmaceutical medication. For those readers who have just joined us, let me explain that I went through six doctors before I found […]

Podcast: Kevin Keough Interviews Dr. Edward Shorter

posted by Beyond Blue

Tune into this North Star Guardian podcast of Dr. Edward Shorter discussing his book, “Before Prozac” with my fellow blogger friend, Kevin Keough. To read more Beyond Blue, go to http://blog.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group […]

Susan Schechter: A New Hollowness in my Soul

posted by Beyond Blue

I just received the kindest note from Beyond Blue reader Caroline who said that when she can’t sleep at night, sometimes she watches my videos … that I have a fierceness in my expression that gives her courage to fight. […]

The Big Depression (or Elephant): The Recession, Faith, and Anxiety

posted by Beyond Blue

With the exception of Monday’s piece, I have been avoiding the topic of the economy for months because I didn’t want to add to the panic so many of us feel, which, in turn, contributes to the crisis: because we […]

Friday’s Question: What Is Some Recommended Reading for Depression and Bipolar Disorder?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Psychiatric Service Dogs

posted by Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue reader Susan Schechter wrote about psychiatric service dogs on her blog, “If you’re going through hell keep going,” which you can find by clicking here. She writes: I want to thank my dear friend Edge for bringing this to […]

Stressed Out? Get a Pet

posted by Beyond Blue

Another great article by John Grohol of Psych Central is his research on how a pet can relieve stress. In his article that you can find by clicking here: Feeling stressed out? New research suggests the benefit of getting a […]

12 Winter Depression Busters for the First Monday of the New Year (i.e. Yuck Day)

posted by Beyond Blue

I think most people would agree with me that today is one of the LEAST favorite days of the year: the first Monday of the year when we are encouraged, okay required, to put on the tie again and head […]

5 Tips to Make Your Resolutions Stick! On Psych Central

posted by Beyond Blue

My buddy John Grohol over at PsychCentral.com published my 5 tips to make your resolutions stick. You can visit them there, or review them here. I know what you’re thinking: another cheesy, goody-two-shoes article on how I can keep all […]

Doxieman’s New Year’s Resolution: First Things First (i.e. Less Beyond Blue)

posted by Beyond Blue

I have been sort of dreading this day … when Beyond Blue reader Doxieman got a life and wouldn’t need Beyond Blue or Group Beyond Blue so much. Darn it. This means my page views will surely be down in […]

The Myth of Holiday Suicide Rates

posted by Beyond Blue

My fellow Beliefnet blogger David Gibson has written an interesting post on the “myth” of holiday suicide rates based on a story by Jim Nichols of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Researchers have consistently debunked the old saw for at least 20 […]

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 […]

Beyond Blue Named as Top Ten Depression Blog for 2008!

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Yah!!!!! This just in from PsychCentral, the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health network: Beyond Blue was voted among the top ten depression blogs. Read all the other picks in Sandra Kiume’s story by clicking here. This is what […]

Beyond Blue Turns 2!

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Guess what I was doing two years ago today? Publishing my first Beyond Blue post! I want to take the opportunity to thank my dear Beyond Blue readers for all of your encouragement, inspiration, and support over the last 24 […]

A Short History of Beyond Blue

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In April 2006, one month out of the psych unit at Johns Hopkins hospital, I composed my first raw and candid piece about my depression, inspired by Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan who withdrew his candidacy for governor of Maryland […]

The First Blog Post: My Story So Far

posted by Beyond Blue

Although I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety from the moment I was induced from my mother’s womb, I officially joined the elite club in 1989, my freshman year at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, when I went by […]

Group Beyond Blue is the Place for Holiday Support!

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We depressives hang together this time of year. Check out some of the insightful discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue if you’re having trouble forcing a smile. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group […]

Friday’s Question: What Are Some Happiness Boosters?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Depression in the 21st Century: Enter Neurobiology

posted by Beyond Blue

The more I research and read about depression, the more questions I have about this brain disease, and the more I realize I don’t know. For example, it’s difficult to wrap my brain (no pun intended) around the “circuit-board” model […]

Mindful Monday: What Advent Means to a Depressive

posted by Beyond Blue

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

10 Uplifting Quotes for a Depressed Heart

posted by Beyond Blue

Again, this title is too positive to be my own. But we must start the holiday season with a heart of joy, no? Here’s a good beginning … What is it about a short quotation that carries so much power? […]

Friday’s Question: Is Grief a Mental Disorder?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

The Anatomy of Sorrow

posted by Beyond Blue

As part of his comment, Dr. Ron Pies provided the link to another of his articles, “The Anatomy of Sorrow: A Spiritual, Phenomenological, and Neurological Perspective,” which I found incredibly fascinating (of course, I’m obsessed with the brain and how […]

Katherine Stone Named WebMD 2008 Health Hero

posted by Beyond Blue

Hail to my blogging buddy, Katherine Stone, who was just named WebMD 2008 Health Hero! Congrats Katherine!! Here’s what the say about her (you can read about all the recipients by clicking here): Mother Taps Into Her Own Experience to […]

Psych Central’s Top 10 Bipolar Blogs (2008)

posted by Beyond Blue

Alas, if you still have more time on your hands after you’ve read all the blogs on my top 10 list and all the ones on my blog roll, you can check out the Top 10 Bipolar Blogs picked recently […]

My Interview with “America” Magazine

posted by Beyond Blue

Some of you remember my trip to New York City this summer when I was experiencing bad symptoms, but went anyway. One of the many reasons for the trip was an interview with “America” magazine, a reputable Catholic publication. They […]

Mindful Monday: Discipline, a System of Techniques

posted by Beyond Blue

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Friday’s Question: Should I Tell My Boss About My Mood Disorder?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

Man Sues for “Bipolar Discrimination”

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to Beliefnet’s Lilit Marcus for finding this story about a guy with bipolar disorder getting $80,000 from his company on discrimination charges. Read the entire article on Canada.com by clicking here. I’ve excerpted from it below. An $80,000 judgment […]

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’m having a hard time forgiving the person who said that, even as I know she […]

Surviving Winter

posted by Beyond Blue

One of the better articles I’ve read about surviving winter is found at BustedHalo.com. Writer Nora Bradbury-Haehl penned a beautiful piece about her love-hate relationship with the cold months. As a spouse of a depressive, she gets it. She really […]

Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment: Words CAN Hurt You

posted by Beyond Blue

Every day I drop David off for school I pray that none of the seemingly sweet boys in their Catholic school uniforms will bully my boy because I know his chemistry is similar to mine: he’s extremely sensitive and cruel […]

Larry Parker: 4 Lessons on Bullying

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I asked Beyond Blue Larry Parker to write a piece about bullying since he described his bullying with such detail in my interview of him. He elaborates here, on how bullying can stay with you for a lifetime. … 1. […]

Which Came First? Religion or Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

There’s a cartoon with 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 caption above the egg says, “Well, […]

Group Beyond Blue: Spirituality and the Mind

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Group Beyond Blue member Luthitarian started a fascinating discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue on “Spirituality and the Mind,” where he asks folks to share what religious tradition or practice or philosophy has helped them with their depression. He got […]

Group Beyond Blue: Bulletin Boards

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I learned one more technique to deal obsessions from Group Beyond Blue member Belleo, who started a discussion called “Bulletin Board” at Group Beyond Blue (which you can get to by clicking here) at Beliefnet Community. Here’s what she said: […]

Friday’s Question: Can Taking an Antidepressant Make Me Suicidal?

posted by Beyond Blue

In a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert, I read this: Suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts are common symptoms of depression, and the risk of suicide may increase as depression begins to respond to treatment because the person might regain just […]

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, […]

Franco: I Believe in You

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I was touched by Beyond Blue reader Franco’s comment on the combox of my post, “12 Ways to Handle Jealousy and Envy,” in which he wrote: I think that three little words, I love you, always work magic at some […]

Barbara: Good Enough is Great

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I also appreciated Beyond Blue Barbara’s comment on the same post, “12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy,” because it reminded the wisdom in the flick “Babe,” when the farmer says to the pig, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.” If […]

Bipolar II Meets Bipolar I (and all hell breaks loose): One Woman’s Trip to the Dark Side and Back

posted by Beyond Blue

Thanks to Lilit Marcus for finding this fascinating article about a bipolar woman (Bipolar II) who married a Bipolar I guy. The article’s author, Janine Millerton, articulates all the drama of the relationship in such incisive language that the bipolar […]

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

posted by Beyond Blue

My blogging buddy, James Bishop at Finding Optimism, wrote a great blog recently on what NOT to say to a depressed person. I’ve excerpted from it below. To get to his blog click here. There are many terrible things that […]

Friday’s Question: How Is Depression Different From Sadness?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a question related to depression and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to […]

National Boss Day: Depression and Work

posted by Beyond Blue

Since it is National Boss Day, I wanted to continue a conversation that was started on the combox of my post “Job Stress Triggers Depression” about the relationship between work and depression. An anonymous Beyond Blue reader wrote this:  The […]

4 Strategies to Boost Your Self-Esteem at Work

posted by Beyond Blue

Ellen McGrath has written a helpful article for “Psychology Today” on boosting your self-esteem at work. I have excerpted her four strategies below, but to read the entire article, “Self-Esteem at Work,” click here. Research has shown that the more […]

Video: Go To Your Happy Place

posted by Beyond Blue

I know a “happy place” sounds corny. How many times have you seen a character on a sitcom close his eyes and say, “I’m going to my happy place. I’m almost there. Up, I can’t find any parking. Hold on, […]

Saint Mary’s College: A Happy Place for Me, and Home to My Soul

posted by Beyond Blue

In “Home Coming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child,” bestselling author John Bradshaw describes his years in the seminary as nurturing, where he adopted many “new fathers” and “new mothers” to replace the abusive ones who raised him. He writes, […]

Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

posted by Beyond Blue

Johns Hopkins Medicine has published the following information on recognizing and treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is marked by recurrent, repetitive thoughts (obsessions), behaviors (compulsions), or both that a person recognizes as unreasonable, unnecessary, or foolish yet are […]

Columbus Day: What’s Your Newest Adventure?

posted by Beyond Blue

In the spirit of Columbus Day, I thought I’d discuss what we’re doing over at Group Beyond Blue (in Beliefnet’s community, or social networking site) because in my role as moderator of the group of more than 1,000 members, I […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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Also on Beliefnet’s Bipolar Resource page is my article on the intersection of spiritual life and bipolar disorder. I don’t think I’m romanticizing my bipolar disorder in saying that my real faith, the engine that propels me to love better […]

4 Steps to Better Boundaries

posted by Beyond Blue

My second job out of college was with a religious giftware company. I was a product-development coordinator for “inspirational” brands, which meant I was required to do things like write directions on how to bury St. Joseph for a “St. […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness

posted by Beyond Blue

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first week of October to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. In 1990, the […]

7 Steps to Heal Your Inner Child

posted by Beyond Blue

According to John Bradshaw, author of “Home Coming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child,” the process of healing your wounded inner child is one of grief. And it involves these seven steps (in Bradshaw’s words): 1. Trust For your wounded […]

Friday’s Question: How Do I Care for Someone with Depression?

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I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked this question. And I can’t think of a better way of answering than James Bishop’s article, “12 Ways to Care for Someone with Depression,” which you can get to by clicking […]

Group Beyond Blue: 12 Quotes that Really Stuck

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Group Beyond Blue member Micaiah started a fantastic thread on Group Beyond Blue called “Quote of the Day.” He explains: One of the things I do in my classroom every day is post a “Quote of the Day.” These used […]

Group Beyond Blue: Growing Older Learning Lessons

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Another entertaining and thoughtful thread at Group Beyond Blue is the one started by Group Beyond Blue Member Vick2008 called “Growing Older Learning Lessons.” Because I feel like I’m always learning some lesson, I tuned in and was glad I […]

Group Beyond Blue Crosses 1,000!

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We now have over 1,000 members of Group Beyond Blue! I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you who have been such active members. Because all of the interesting discussion threads that you post are why […]

Group Beyond Blue: A Monthly Newbie Discussion Thread

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We’ve had several discussions at Group Beyond Blue (at Beliefnet Community) about how we can welcome the newbies into our community and how to be sure not to miss those who need the support but might not be as chatty […]

Mindful Monday: Replacing Old Tapes With New Ones

posted by Beyond Blue

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Video: Meeting My Inner Child

posted by Beyond Blue

In case you’re confused, I accidentally published this last week. Sorry! Now it makes sense given today’s mindful Monday meditation. Some of you have already seen this video about my reading through my junior-high journals and the process of coming […]

eHarmony Wrote Back: Discrimination or Not?

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The other night I was looking for an article when I came across this response to my post “Dear God: Why E-Harmony Has Got It Wrong” where I explained that I thought it was unfair that eHarmony includes depression among […]

Beliefnet’s Bipolar Resource Page!

posted by Beyond Blue

Beliefnet’s health editor (and my editor), Holly Rossi, did an exceptional job of compiling a variety of different posts and galleries on a bipolar resource page. It’s like the Target of bipolar information. No need to go around to all […]

The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder

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Writer Jennifer Egan published an excellent, comprehensive article about bipolar disorder among kids in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. She profiles several different families as well talks to experts in the field, asking doctors how they go about diagnosing a […]

Mindful Monday: I Said to Me Soul, Be Still

posted by Beyond Blue

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Friday’s Question: Should I Make My Wife Go to the Hospital?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a basic psychiatric question and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to do […]

What If She Refuses to Go to the Hospital?

posted by Beyond Blue

On Fridays I will address a basic psychiatric question and find the answer from an expert. If you have a question you want answered, please ask it on the combox of this post, and I’ll try my best to do […]

Don’t Cancel That Guilt Trip! Why We Need a Little of It

posted by Beyond Blue

When I was an assistant editor at U.S. Catholic magazine, I remember publishing a piece by Christine Gudorf called “Don’t Cancel That Guilt Trip.” She makes a strong case for why we should, as a society, hang on to a little guilt […]

Job Stress Triggers Depression in Men

posted by Beyond Blue

I know my title sounds sexist. Like men are the only ones working. HELLO??!!! Job stress triggers depression in women, too! BUT research suggests that job stress is often the primary trigger for depression in men, whereas relationship stress (you […]

Storied Mind: Work, Men, 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 […]

When Male Depression Goes Untreated

posted by Beyond Blue

Also from MayoClinic.com, these health complications resulting from untreated depression, and the suicide statistics for males (note: this is written for the reader seeking help): Like other men, you may feel that your depression symptoms aren’t severe. You may believe […]

Friday: A Day for Questions on Beyond Blue

posted by Beyond Blue

I guess because it’s the start of a new school year I want to shake things up a little and add some new features. So we have “Mindful Monday” when we get to navel gaze and be all spiritual, Wednesday […]

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 […]

BustedHalo on Dealing With a Loved One Who’s Depressed

posted by Beyond Blue

Dr. Christine Whelon, author of “Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women” and columnist with BustedHalo.com wrote an important column recently to address a reader, Susan, who had been dating a man struggling with depression. Following are some excerpts from the […]

6 Ways to Stop Dwelling on It

posted by Beyond Blue

Beliefnet just featured an excerpt from O, The Oprah Magazine, about obsessive thoughts, which included several good pointers. You can get to the gallery by clicking here. It begins …. Ruminating regularly often leads to depression. So if you have […]

Today Is Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day

posted by Beyond Blue

According to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness): Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day was created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), originally supported by a grant from Abbott Laboratories, to increase awareness of bipolar disorder, promote early detection and […]

TMI (Too Much Information): 4 Ways to Clear the Mind Clutter

posted by Beyond Blue

During this hiatus from the online world, I realized that all the information I force feed myself during a normal workday is as unhealthy for me as fast food. Now that I’m back to my desk, I don’t want to […]

4 Steps to Banish Email Clutter

posted by Beyond Blue

I just found a great article on clearing e-mail clutter on a blog called “Think Simple Now.” She offers a few suggestions on how to tweak your preferences so to avoid the land of clutter anxiety. And don’t fool yourself […]

Group Beyond Blue: Count the Small (and Big) Victories Along the Way!

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Thanks to Group Beyond Blue member Deep Within for starting the discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue called “YOU did that!” She’s absolutely right in that we are quick to congratulate children on their small and big accomplishments throughout the […]

A Place for the Singing of Angels: The Power of Silence and Solitude (or at least no e-mail)

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I realize that this post is a tad hypocritical since my paycheck depends on your clicks, but I need to tell you about my inner transformation during my 19-day hiatus from the computer because, as you might suspect, my mood […]

5 Reasons Why Adults (Like Kids) Need Quiet Time

posted by Beyond Blue

The following excerpts are taken from “Modern Spiritual Masters: Writing on Contemplation and Compassion” edited by Robert Ellsberg: 1. To Hear God Talk And if we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of […]

10 Ways to Harness Solitude

posted by Beyond Blue

The following Beliefnet gallery was timely for me since I’m finally realizing the healing power of solitude and actually letting myself enjoy my own company, where I can be still and silent for a few minutes. To get to the […]

10 Things I’m Going to Do Differently This School Year

posted by Beyond Blue

I recently confessed to a friend who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder that I get anxious upon hearing the humming sound of the cicadas in late July because I know summer is about finished and it’s almost time to get […]

100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College (or Anytime)

posted by Beyond Blue

Just when I thought I had a lot of goals, I read Alisa Miller’s article on “100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College.” Each area of your life (like sleep) has seven or eight goals. That’s a lot of […]

Group Beyond Blue: Jealousy

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Awhile back I started a discussion thread on jealousy at Group Beyond Blue (you can get to by clicking here). Check some great suggestions on what fellow depressives do when they start feeling green! To read more Beyond Blue, go […]

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 […]

Infertility and Depression

posted by Beyond Blue

We’ve discussed the topic of infertility and depression often on the discussion boards of Group Beyond Blue. The risk for depression is real among women having difficulty getting pregnant and this is why, according to Dr. Ruta Nonacs in “A […]

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