7 Ways to Get Unstuck

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Just published as a Beliefnet gallery … Brain hiccups. We all get a case of them now and then. For some they are fleeting and all a person has to do is to take a deep breath, visualize their departure, and poof! They’re gone. Not so easy for the rest of us. If I counted up the […]

Music Therapy to Treat Depression

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Tara Parker-Pope writes an interesting piece in the New York Times about using music to treat depression. You can get to the original article by clicking here.   Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Now new research shows that music therapy — either listening to or creating music with a specially trained therapist […]

On Playing With Your Pain

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“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” Those words fell out of the mouth of British comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplain and they frame an appropriate attitude toward depression or any mood disorder. Because if I’ve learned anything in my lifelong recovery from depression and anxiety, […]

Suicides Spike in April and May

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 for suicides happen to be early spring and early autumn. In the United States, suicides […]

“Sanity Break” launches on Everyday Health!

My new blog, “Sanity Break,” launched yesterday on Everyday Health! My first post … Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results (Albert Einstein). It’s comical when your husband’s cousin gets caught in a mental “Groundhog’s Day,” but not so fun when you can’t break the cycle of nonsense in your […]

How to Stop Worrying About Worrying

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Sir Winston Churchill, who battled plenty of demons, once said, “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” Unfortunately that advice wouldn’t have been able to […]

12 Ways to Manage Anxiety

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If your mind were a diesel engine, anxiety would be the leaded gas that was accidentally poured in and responsible for all the burps and stutters. Even more so than depression, I think, anxiety is the big disabler in my life, with a capital D, which is why I try to nip it in its […]

Margarita Tartakovsky: Debunking 7 Depression Myths

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Margarita Tartakovsky who pens the lucent and substantive blog, “Weightless,” on PsychCentral has compiled a compelling list of depression myths, and then demystyfies them with impressive research and insight. I encourage you to read her original blog, “Depression Myths and Facts Demystified.” I’ve excerpted five of her seven myths below. Almost 15 million Americans suffer […]