Beyond Blue
July 2009 Archives

Last year when I read Sherre Hirsch’s book, “We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted,” I knew I wanted to interview her on Beyond Blue because I …Read More

recovery from addiction and depression, dual diagnosis

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 …Read More

I published the following post on the Huffington Post two days ago. Judging by the 400-plus comments, I apparently hit a raw nerve. I only read two comments before feeling nauseous. And I didn’t go back because my friends who …Read More

In “7 Nights to Sexual Intimacy,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach offers couples a weeklong program to “watch the slow burn of passion become a fireworks display.” To get to his gallery, click here. It begins … For many years, I have …Read More

Thanks to James Bishop of for finding this helpful post by mental health advocate Kate McLaughlin on ways you can support a loved one with a mental illness. To visit her insightful blog, click here.   1. Accept your …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

Rick Nauert, Senior News Editor of just wrote a piece about a new grant from the Institute on Aging that will study the effects of caregiving on family caregivers. Prior studies suggest that caring for an elderly family member …Read More