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Homer Simpson and the 8 Attitudes of Mindfulness

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I’ve long been a fan of Elisha Goldstein’s work on mindfulness because, more than any author on that topic, he seems to communicate the practice in a way that doesn’t totally overwhelm me and make me want to run the […]

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8 Ways to Manage Anxiety on an Anniversary

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Most of us circle a few days of the calendar year that we know will be difficult to get through: the anniversary of a death, traumatic event, or even happy occasion. These dates are charged with emotion.  September 11 falls […]

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5 Ways to Manage Autumn Anxiety

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Even as I love the autumn season, it is full of anxiety for me (like every other season, come to think of it). I start to mourn the ending of summer when I hear the cicadas grow louder the last […]

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Money Problems: 6 Steps to Transform Your Money Life

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I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have a money problem right now, in this economy. Even the wealthiest of the wealthy are fretting because the fortunes they stashed in bonds and stocks aren’t performing with the same gust of […]

21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment

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“We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world,” wrote Helen Keller. How I wish she were wrong. Disappointments leave us with the unpleasant task of squashing, crushing, and pinching lemons to […]

On Surviving Difficult Times

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I found the following excerpt in Jack Kornfield’s new beautiful book, “A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times.” One of the world’s greatest examples of how to survive difficult times is Nelson Mandela, the first president […]

Too Many Options? Try Closing Some Doors

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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 […]

3 Ways to Change with the Seasons

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I enjoyed this post from (former) FreshLiving blogger Valerie Reiss: suggestions on how you can change with the season. Even as I love the four seasons, I do experience some anxiety with the transition from one to another. Here are her […]

25 Bizarre Addictions (to practically everything)

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I found the following list of interesting addictions on the website Masters In Counseling. I thought you’d also like to know about addictions to ice, taxes, toilet paper, glass, babies, couch cushions, funerals, plastic surgery, and dirt. Yep. You can […]

Therapy Thursday: Learn How to Talk

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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. […]

9 Steps to Better Communication Today

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Alright, so say you’re not a hugger or a kisser. Say you have germ phobias. I think this article from John Grohol can help: “9 Steps to Better Communication Today.” To get to the original post, click here. The most […]

Life Gets Better: An Interview with Wendy Lustbader

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In order to confront the pervasive stereotypes about youth and what it means to get older, professor and author Wendy Lustbader draws on her decades as a social worker with elders and their families to present a message contrary to […]

How To Get Resilient: An Interview with Robert Wicks

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“The opposite of depression isn’t happiness,” explained Dr. Peter Kramer in an interview with Johns Hopkins, “it’s resilience.” One of the best books on that topic is Robert Wick’s “Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.” I keep it on my shelf […]

Is Your Job Making You Depressed?

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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 […]

What Makes Us Happy? My Interview With Joshua Wolf Shenk

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I’ve talked about Joshua Wolf Shenk before because his book, “Lincoln’s Melancholy,” was deeply inspiring to me back in Fall of 2005. I remember the exact moment in which I heard excerpts of it. I was sitting in my son’s […]

Are the Puritans Behind the War on Antidepressants?

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It is an honor for me to publish the following piece by Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine, because I find him to be one of the most fascinating […]

Recovery From Addiction and Depression: An Interview with Vivian Eisenecher

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Vivian Eisenecher, author of “Recovering Me, Discovering Joy,” and a sought after speaker, mentor and writer since 1996. Her other published works include articles for “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and Woman’s World. […]

Suggested Readings for Suicide Survivors

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Since many of you, Beyond Blue readers, have lost a loved one to suicide, and since a few people in my community have taken their lives this summer, I thought I would publish a thorough list of resources compiled by […]

The Suicide of a Lawyer with Depression

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Daniel Lukasik over at Lawyers With Depression has published a guest post by Cincinnati, Ohio attorney Tabitha M. Hochscheid, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC. In this moving tribute, she writes about […]

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr. On Getting a Second Opinion

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The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, “Understanding Depression,” was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and […]

Depression After Surgery (Post-Op Depression)

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Some statistics claim that as many as three-fourths of patients experience depression after bypass surgery. A small study published in the journal “Applied Nursing Research,” found that 65 percent of the patients were depressed three weeks after surgery and 26 […]

Health Update

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Dear Readers, My appendix ruptured a few days ago. I am now out of the hospital but I will be taking a week to recover and have saved any blogs written in advance for days that I need to take […]

You Are Not Alone: A Few Survivors of Suicide Loss

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Survivors of suicide often feel completely alone in their sadness, which is quite understandable. Unlike losing a husband or child or parent to heart disease or cancer, loved ones of person who have committed suicide can’t express their grief publicly. […]

In Defense of Antidepressants

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Peter Brown, clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University and a prominent mental health hero of mine, published an excellent piece in Sunday’s issue of The New York Times. As he has done in the past, he successfully debunks the […]

How Does a Person Live and Cope with a Dysfunctional Family? An Interview with Nancy Bachrach

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Today’s interview is somewhat untraditional, but I think you’ll enjoy it. After I read the hilarious anecdotes in Nancy Bachrach’s newly released memoir, “The Center of the Universe,” I knew I had to dig a little more on how, exactly, […]

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

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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 […]

Marsha Linehan: The Moment I Was Transformed

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Last week New York Times journalist Benedict Carey penned a powerful interview with Marsha M. Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). For the first time, the American psychologist opened up about her own mental struggle that began in […]

The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: An Interview with Michael Jawer

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Michael Jawer talks about highly sensitive people and emotion.

Therapy Thursday: Go In Not 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. […]

Jane Redmont: An Introduction to Centering Prayer

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A wonderful resource for carving out time for prayer and solitude is Jane Redmont’s book, “When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life.” I plan on interviewing Jane down the line because she struggles with depression herself and writes about […]

12 Strategies to Help You Recover From a Relapse

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A dozen things to do if you relapse from depression or any addiction.

5 Ways to Tackle Perfectionism: An Interview with Michelle Russell

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An interview about ways to tackle perfectionism

Think! Encouraging Girls to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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In her gutsy book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, attorney and national television legal analyst Lisa Bloom paints a dire picture: The problem is not just about that 25 percent of young women […]

On Reclaiming Laughter: An Interview With Rev. Susan Sparks

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Is it possible to be a stand-up comedian and minister simultaneously? I didn’t think so until I learned about Rev. Susan Sparks, Senior Pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. Her book, “Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power […]

Therapy Thursday: Quit the Acrobatics

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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. […]

20 Psychological Movies of All Times

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The website Masters of Psychology has compiled a cool list of the 20 psychological movies of all times. I found the list quite interesting, and thought you might, too. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Heroes and exemplars abound in […]

St. Anthony Messenger: Beyond Blue

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A big thank you to St. Anthony Messenger magazine and author John Feister for featuring my story and my mission in this June’s issue. Here’s the irony in the whole thing. In the summer right before I graduated from Notre […]

Extinguishing Anxiety: Know Your Triggers!

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Anxiety arrives much like a surprise visit from an unwanted guest. You can be sailing along in your recovery program, doing all the right things, and then, BAM! You feel like you need to grab the paper bag you used […]

12 Depression Busters for the Unemployed

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The unemployment rate today has skyrocketed to approximately 10% and is forecasted to stay above 9.5 percent for the rest of 2011. For the first time in American history, more women are working than men because close to 80 percent […]

May Is Mental Health Month: An Interview with Filmmaker Kathy Leichter

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Since May is Mental Health Month, I thought I would feature an interview with award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Kathy’s mother, Nina Leichter, who suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide in 1995. Last year, Leichter completed filming for “Here One Day” […]

Therapy Thursday: Make a Self-Esteem File

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

6 Reasons Why It’s Good to Be a Loser

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It was impossible to miss the white sign that hung over the wall of Saint Mary’s high school lacrosse field yesterday. The thing was as tall as our two-story house with letters as big as construction cranes. With just one […]

Now What? Depression at Graduation (Or Any Transition)

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With Commencement often comes an emptiness, a sense of loss. Much joy and relief, yes. But also a “what the hell do I do now?” response.

12 Depression Busters for Seniors

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12 tips for seniors struggling with depression and anxiety.

Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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I never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who […]

Therapy Thursday: Catch Your Breath

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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. […]

Therapy Thursday: Choose a Mantra

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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 Depression Busters for Caregivers

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Nearly one-third of people caring for terminally ill loved ones suffer from depression according to research from Yale University. About one in four family caregivers meet the clinical criteria of anxiety. And a recent study found that 41 percent of […]

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

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It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You’re pretty sure none of your new-mom […]

Authenticity and Integrity: Two Spiritual Pillars

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Two years ago I asked prominent psychiatrist and bestselling author Peter Kramer to endorse my manuscript, Beyond Blue. I have been thinking about his response ever since. He told me that he no longer blurbs books, because to blurb a […]

The Five Ways We Grieve: A New Perspective

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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 just wrote about them last month. According to Susan Berger, researcher and practitioner in the health and mental […]

5 Tips If You Love Someone with Mental Illness

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I loved this post by Elvira Aletta, Ph.D. on Psychcentral! To view the entire post, click here. I have excerpted her five tips for people who love persons afflicted with mental illness. 1) Be informed. Go to the library or […]

Staying Happy in Bad Times

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staying happy in hard times

Suffering: The Irritant that Produces the Pearl

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The other day I wrote a post for Psych Central about suffering. I was a tad nervous posting it, because somehow I think I should have a more optimistic philosophy about life, and that I should be a more positive […]

Therapy Thursday: Take Good Notes

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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. […]

People’s Profile of Catherine Zeta Jones and Bipolar II

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

Kay Redfield Jamison on Madness and Creativity

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I found the following article at “The Daily Gazette” about Jamison’s seminar on “Madness, Moods, and Creative Achievement” at the Science Center 101 back in 2005. It serves as a good summary of her discussion at Johns Hopkins’s Mood Disorders […]

Therapy Thursday: Invite the Bell

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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. […]

Coping with Depression: A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach

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

12 Depression Busters for Men

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

Is Your Work Making You Depressed?

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

Teresa of Avila: Our Prayers Need Not Be Perfect

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

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

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

Worlds Colliding!

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

Therapy Thursdays: Be Sincere, Be Select

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

Springtime Depression: Don’t Worry About Not Being Happy

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

Suicides Spike in April and May

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

Mother Teresa’s Prayer of Compassion

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

Therapy Thursday: Bribe Yourself

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

I Believe In Quitting

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

What NOT to Say to a Grieving Family

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

Mindful Monday: What Is Hope?

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

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

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

Therapy Thursday: Celebrate Your Mistakes

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

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

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

The Least Harmful Addiction

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

Mindful Monday: Words of Light in Darkness

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

The Seven Questions Project: An Interview with Ryan Howes

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

10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person

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

Therapy Thursday: Catch the Snowball

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

5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

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

What Kind of Worrier Are You?

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

Therapy Thursday: Get Your Tense Right

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

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

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

Jeff Golliher: Moving Through Fear

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

The Intuitive Investor: An Interview with Jason Apollo Voss

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

Therapy Thursday: Get Up Eight Times

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

8 Ways to Boost Your Will Power

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

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

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

The Samaritan Woman, Loneliness, and the Living Water

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

Mindful Monday: The Legend of the Two Wolves

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

Life Is Like a Game of Candy Land

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

50 Natural Antidepressants to Beat the Winter Blues

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

Therapy Thursday: Team Up!

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

Regarding the Midlife Crisis …

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

From the Naked Consultant to Associate Editor at Psych Central

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

Tamar Chansky: How to Practice Safe Optimism

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

Be Someone Nicer: The Surprising Power of Kindness

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

What Does Mania and Hypomania Look Like?

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

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

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

Therapy Thursday: You Can’t Unlearn It

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

10 Forms of Twisted Thinking

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Relationships Week on Beyond Blue!

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

On Separating Yourself from Your Illness

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

Therapy Thursday: Be Nearsighted

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

6 Steps to Quiet the Mind

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the practice of mindful meditation

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

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

Who Moved My Cheese? Keep Moving the Cheese!

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

Dr. Gordon Responds to My Review of “Unstuck”

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

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

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

On Groundhog Day: 12 Winter Depression Busters

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

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

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

Therapy Thursday: Put On Some Training Wheels

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

Elvira Aletta: I’ll Cry If I Want To

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

On Taming Our Amygdala or Monkey Brain

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

Therapy Thursday: Read the Signs

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

Learning How to Read the Paper As a Depressive

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

I, Too, Have a Dream

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

Overcoming the 9 Types of Hopelessness

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how to overcome hopelessness, understanding hopelessness

Therapy Thursday: Pick a Pace

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

When Should You Be Hospitalized for Depression?

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

10 Stress Busters

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

10 Steps to Conquer Perfectionism

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

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

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

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 […]

7 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Year Round

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Ah, the magic and wonder of the holiday season … It has even my fragile and anxious brain abandoning the logical, reasoning, and uptightness of the left side, and relying on a feast of senses–fresh evergreen, Christmas carolers, winter wonderlands, […]

The Perfect Christmas Gift: The Encouragement Box

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

The Dysfunctional Holiday Letter

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

The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas: The Lyrics

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

Does Depression Affect Work? Um…Yeah

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

Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus

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The following post, originally posted in December 2006, is one of my favorites for this season. I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed […]

Believe Without Seeing

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All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

The Dark Night

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

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

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

21 Holiday Stress Busters

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Tips for holiday stress management

John Grohol: 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays

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

Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

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

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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

Wednesday Martin: 10 Tips for Stepfamilies During the Holidays

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

Mindful Monday: A Speck of Light

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

Stressed On Black Friday? Try These

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

For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

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

An Interview with Father Gratitude

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

Mindful Monday: God Places

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

When Someone You Love is Bipolar

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

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying No

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

Karly Randolph Pittman: Transform Yourself with Self-Care

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

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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

9 Ways Humor Heals

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

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

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

On Veteran’s Day: Some Grim Statistics

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

Mental Health and the Military: One Psychiatrist’s Perspective

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

Mindful Monday: On Discipline and the Small Battles

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

Daylight Savings Time and SAD: Get Your HappyLite!

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

3 Ways to Change with the Seasons

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

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying Yes

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

Video: “I WILL Get Better”

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

Video: Unload Your Guilt!

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

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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

On Halloween: 9 Ways to Face Your Fears

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

Therapy Thursday: Love Them Anyway

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

6 Steps to Serenity

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

Mindful Monday: 10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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One of Beliefnet’s most popular galleries is “10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.” I’ve included several of them here.     *  “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your […]

Kay Redfield Jamison on Psychotherapy

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

9 Rules for Surviving Therapy

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

Therapy Thursday: Send It Anyway

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

3 Steps to Move Past Your Hang Ups

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

Cancer AND Depression: Now That Truly Sucks

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

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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

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

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

Mindful Monday: On Praying Imperfectly

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

Hormonally Triggered Mood Disorders

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

Therapy Thursday: Do It Anyway

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

Mindful Monday: The Cracked Pot

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

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

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

Therapy Thursday: Call a Board Meeting

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

4 Steps to Mindfulness

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

Mindful Monday: To Everything There Is a Season

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

Therapy Thursday: Change the Locks

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

Treating Chronic Depression and Anxiety With Hallucinogens and Marijuana

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

Laugh When You’re Afraid

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

Mindful Monday: What’s Your Brick Wall?

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

Exhale: On Antidepressants, Motherhood, and Pregnancy

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

Therapy Thursday: See With the Heart

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

Four Steps to Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs

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

We Need to Talk: 6 Steps to Better Communication

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

8 Ways to Overcome Envy

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

Mindful Monday: On Courage

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

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder

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

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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

Living the Serenity Prayer: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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

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

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

5 Ways to Manage Autumn Anxiety

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Even as I love the autumn season, it is full of anxiety for me (like every other season, come to think of it). I start to mourn the ending of summer when I hear the cicadas grow louder the last […]

Mindful Monday: Tips to Make Every Moment Matter

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

8 Ways to Manage Anxiety on an Anniversary

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Most of us circle a few days of the calendar year that we know will be difficult to get through: the anniversary of a death, traumatic event, or even happy occasion. These dates are charged with emotion.  September 11 falls […]

Therapy Thursday: Wake Up to Prayer

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

Prozac AND Potatoes

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

4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Immune System

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

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