Beyond Blue
February 2011 Archives

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, …Read More

Swami Abhishiktananda, an Indian pioneer in the dialog between Christianity and eastern religions wrote a poignant meditation about the process of letting go of the false ego in order to embrace the true self: The Spirit blows where he will …Read More

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 …Read More

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

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. …Read More

I adore this article by Jessica Ravitz because it is sooooo brave and raw and gutsy and all the things I look for when I read a piece. She’s funny, snarky, but in an elegant, eloquent way. And she stands …Read More

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 …Read More

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. …Read More

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 …Read More

According to Peggy Vaugn, the author of “The Monogamy Myth” and the website “Dear,” 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an affair at some point in their marriage. In other words, the person who …Read More