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30 Ways Motherhood Is Like a Mental Illness

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Motherhood provides a host of useful lessons on how to live with mental illness, and vice versa. Here are just a few things the two have in common (in my opinion, of course): 1. Five years into both of them, […]

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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 […]

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10 Great Moms of the 20th Century

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I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day! They are activists, humorists, Holocaust survivers, writers, first ladies, and missionaries. But first and foremost, they are moms. And, in my opinion, some of the best. As a relatively new mom, I could learn […]

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Motherhood and Depression: An Interview with Tracy Thompson

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Today’s interview is with Tracy Thompson, the author of “The Beast: A Journey Through Depression” and “The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression.” She has won numerous mental health awards, including one from NAMI for […]

How Do You Treat Empty-Nest Depression?

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

Eating Disorders: It’s Generational

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

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

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

Should We Let Our Kids See Us Fail?

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

The Idle Parent: On Being a Laid-Back Parent

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

Hosanna in the highest: On celebrating the small things

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Yesterday a very talented woman paid  a visit to me. As regular Beyond Blue readers know, I’ve been in a big funk the last week/month/year/lifetime, so I didn’t really think much about her visit until she was here.   She […]

Five Things a Loved One Should Know About Bipolar Disorder: An Interview with Bruce Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Bruce Cohen, M.D., Ph.D, who is Director of the Harvard University McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also the coauthor, with Chelsea Lowe, of the recently […]

Loving Someone with Bipolar

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James Bishop over at Finding Optimism continues to publish high-quality writing from a variety of mental-health bloggers. I especially likes this featured piece by a writer named Kathryn. You can get to the original blog, “Loving Someone with Bipolar,” by […]

The Handbook for Catholic Moms: An Interview with Lisa Hendey

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It’s been such a pleasure watching the website, catholicmom.com, grow and mature and become a dependable resting spot for Catholic moms to catch their breath, be inspired, and find companionship with other women of faith. Now Lisa Hendey, founder of […]

ABC News NOW: 9 Tips for Parents Battling Depression

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Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Annie Pleshette Murphy, parenting contributor for Good Morning America and the host of “Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy.” I discussed nine tips for parents battling depression, steps that I wish […]

The Ultimate Valentine for a Postpartum Depression Mom

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I love this post by fellow blogger Katherine Stone! Monday. 3:30pm or thereabouts. Stone Callis residence. Conversation between mom and 8-year-old son with whom she had horrible, raging postpartum OCD and cried every day and thought she’d ruined his life […]

Mindful Monday: When Mom Is Depressed

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Motherhood and depression: how Anthea Rowan came to understand the illness of depression after living with her mother’s during her childhood.

Mary: A Role Model for Mothers

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December is a great time to turn to the Mother of God for some tips.

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

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

Joan Wester Anderson: Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread

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funny stories about motherhood to make you laugh

Group Beyond Blue: Not So Happy Father’s Day

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On Mother’s Day, Group Beyond Blue moderator Mel started a discussion thread for folks who have strained or distanced relationships with their moms or children. And for Father’s Day, she’s done the same. You can get to the Group Beyond […]

An Interview with Ayelet Waldman

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I found this interview with Ayelet Waldman on the amazon page of her book, “Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace.” Question: Why did you write this book? Ayelet Waldman: Do you want […]

Meet Catherine Connors, author of “Their Bad Mother”

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I guess Beliefnet has another bad mom onboard. I was happy to see that Catherine Connors has joined the flock of bloggers here on Beliefnet. I was especially moved by her recent post, “What Makes a Mother.” She writes:  For […]

More on Exhale Magazine

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I thought I’d include the recent press release about Exhale E-Magazine since my interview with Christina Gombar on the topic of infertility and depression was so popular. To get to the zine, click here. Some more information follows…. Is it […]

Christina Gombar: An Interview About Childless Women and Infertility

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It’s amazing how the right topics come to me … as if delivered by the Holy Spirit (or a really networked friend, i.e. Priscilla Warner) because I have been wanting to discuss the subject of fertility and depression for some […]

Group Beyond Blue: A Discuss Thread Devoted to Infertility and Chronic Illness

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Beyond Blue Group Co-Chair Mel started an important discussion thread called “Oh Baby!” at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet Community. Click here to get to the thread.

Video: Go To Your Happy Place

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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, […]

7 Steps to Heal Your Inner Child

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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 […]

My Little Monkey

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! I’m curious […]

A New Support Group for Parents

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One of the members of Group Beyond Blue, Deep Within, has started a support group called “Deep Within Our Children” at Beliefnet Community for parents or caretakers of children who have been diagnosed, or are being screened for mental health […]

When Your Kid Is Anxious: 5 Strategies I Just Learned

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For the last month or so I’ve been torn on how much I should share on Beyond Blue and at Group Beyond Blue about my son’s struggle with anxiety. I don’t want to invade his privacy in any way. After […]

This Year’s Mother’s Day Card Said …

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STOP MAKING BABIES! Love, Your Husband

Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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In light of Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d interview Cooper Munroe, one of the coolest moms out there in cyberspace who, with her friend Emily McKhann, started a website called themotherhood.com, one of the most comprehensive resources out […]

The Motherhood: We Know. We Believe. It’s Time.

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? On Cooper and Emily’s site, themotherhood.com, they post the following as their charter. I think it’s fabulous! We Know. We Believe. It’s Time. We know Becoming a mother means becoming a wholly new human being And that transformation can […]

Motherhood and Depression

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I’ve said this in prior posts, but hopefully writing it over and over again will help me to know better how to tackle it. I hate that my depression affects my kids. Because I know it does. According to Mark […]

The Case for Family Support

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According to Dr. Mark Gold (who wrote “The Good News About Depression“–have I mentioned I hate that title?), a major problem in today’s society is that there is no support from extended family for depressed mothers. Gold says this: In […]

My Story on Postpartum Progress

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My blogging buddy, Katherine Stone, who produces the most popular blog on postpartum depression, called “Postpartum Progress,” featured my story today. If you want some background information on how I became a platinum-level member of Club Depression, visit her site […]

Postpartum Progress

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Also at BlogHer I met a soulmate in Katherine Stone. She writes a fabulous blog on postpartum depression. In fact, it’s the most visited site on postpartum issues. Katherine spoke at a workshop I attended about blogs becoming a voice […]

Dear Guardian Angel Two

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Dear Guardian Angel Two, I wanted to wait before saying anything to make sure I wasn’t anxious about anything else, and confusing my emotions, but I wanted to let you know that I left your place with some hurt feelings. […]

The Hurt

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My favorite children’s book doesn’t have beautiful, colored illustrations. It isn’t even hardback. It’s a $3.95 black and white paperback that explains to kids how to express their emotions. I read it to David and Katherine whenever I can find […]

Statistics Every HSM (Highly Sensitive Mom) Should Know

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My therapist photocopied for me a page out of the book “When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within” one of those many days I sat on her couch in tears, telling her how frustrated I was with my kids so […]

Happy Father’s Day!

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A very happy Father’s Day to all male Beyond Blue readers! I know that I tend to address women’s issues more often than men’s, but I’m cognizant of Beyond Blue’s male readers, and I’m trying to do a better job […]

The Zen of Potty-Training

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I truly believe that the techniques used by parents to potty-train an obstinate child could, if adopted by the United Nations and NATO, lead to world peace. On a micro level, they can go a far way to tame a […]

Grant Me the Serenity to Potty-Train

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Last time I potty-trained a kid, I relied heavily on the Serenity Prayer, which helps me with all of life’s hurdles. Click here to read an article I wrote a few years ago, when David was the one in diapers. […]

Time to Grow Up

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I fully support Katherine’s pacifier habit. Even though her preschool teachers, grandparents, and dentist say, at age three and a half, it’s definitely time to pull the plug, part of me thinks I should let her suck away on the […]

What Ashes Say

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As an adolescent I loved wearing ashes on my forehead to cover up my oily pimples. In high school, Ash Wednesday got a toast to the beginning of those two-hour Stations of the Cross on Fridays, which shortened each class […]

Not Just a Fever

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Two boys went to bed with fevers last night. One is dead. The other is my David. I have to wonder if the guardian angels are vacationing in Florida this month, because too many little guys have fallen asleep for […]

Mother of Sorrows

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One Bible verse disturbs me more than any other. It’s not the one telling me to sell my laptop computer and king-size bed because “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for […]

Grant Me the Serenity

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The poem “Anyway” is basically an elaboration of the Serenity Prayer, which I say all the time. In “Parenthood and the Serenity Prayer” I explain how I used it to potty train, or at least attempt to potty train, David […]

And for 2007…

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For 2007, my only resolution is to become more close-minded. I suffer far less when I detach myself from everyone’s opinion of my health, my parenting, and my faith. Had I not been so open-minded–trying every and all suggestions thrown […]

The Body in Simple Language

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I finally found a book on the human body I can understand! Last night I wanted to read Katherine the story of Baby Jesus again to squeeze the most religion out of these days around Christmas since I fall short […]

On Santa Claus and Right Brains

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I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed side of my brain (the left) challenged the creative, optimistic, slightly manic side (the right) to […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
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 into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

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How to Handle Negative People
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Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
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