Should Happiness Really Be the Goal?

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According to renowned psychiatrist Peter Kramer, happiness isn’t the opposite of depression. Resilience is. I’ve always loved that reminder because the word “happiness” makes me uneasy. It’s not that I want to be unhappy, or I don’t want to be happy. It’s that every time I make happiness my goal, I become very unhappy. Like […]

Is It Depression or a Dark Night of the Soul?

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In the fall of 2007 Mother Teresa graced the cover of Time magazine when her private writings were published, many of the excerpts filled with surprising doubt, despair, and a kind of spiritual anguish. Some journalists questioned whether or not she was clinically depressed. Did this modern saint have an untreated mood disorder or did her pain […]

Why Is Life So Hard?

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Last time I wrote a blog like this, I was called a “whiny, white woman,” but I’m not going to let that stop me from spouting off again. Having just seen the movie, “Unbroken,” I really feel like I can’t complain. I don’t have some bastard tormenting every day for giggles in a POW camp. […]

Living Wabi-Sabi: Beauty of Things Imperfect

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“Beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” That was the password to the file share (motherboard) at the technology company where I used to work. I was expecting, “Cloud123,” or something boring and bland like that. Not the quintessential Japanese aesthetic known as “wabi-sabi.” I shed a tear or two when the engineer setting up […]

My Podcast with “The One You Feed”

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Last week, I had an interesting discussion with Eric Zimmer of “The One You Feed.” They produced a 55-minute podcast of the interview that includes the following points: The One You Feed parable. Battling treatment resistant depression. Turning struggle into service. Her long battles with depression. Treating depression holistically. Combining traditional medicine with alternative medicine. How […]