The Redemptive Power of Love

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I don’t think I’m alone in being inspired by the powerful sermon delivered by Rev. Michael Curry during the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this morning. He reminded the millions of people who tuned in to watch the historical event of the redemptive power of love to heal, to empower, to transform. […]

21 Inspiring Quotes on Change

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Change is difficult for all creatures. I’m reminded of that every time I put my dogs in the car. It’s especially hard for homo sapiens who have fragile limbic systems (the emotional center of our brains). Swapping what we know for something unfamiliar provokes all kinds of anxiety, compounded by the grief of letting go […]

On Quieting the Inner Tyrant

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You would think after two decades of therapy I would be on my way to a strong sense of self and know how to apply a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques to quiet the voices of self-doubt, that I could easily recognize when remnants of childhood crap are trying to sabotage something good in my life. […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

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Of all my tools to combat depression and negativity, humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I’m finding that the longer I practice laughing at life–and especially it’s frustrations–the better I become at it, and the more situations and conversations and complications I can place into that […]

Be You Very Well

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For a good year or so of my life, I wanted to be another blogger, a woman who is exceptionally good at writing about happiness. I envied her tremendous online following and book success, but I was also jealous of her subject matter. I toyed with the idea of recasting myself as a happiness expert instead […]

Struggle With, Not Victory Over

It’s tempting for anyone who writes about depression and anxiety to preach from hindsight, after he has “recovered” from his mood disorder: “This is what I did to free myself from addiction” … “Here are five steps to instant weight loss” … “These are eight techniques to cure anxiety.” If you look at the list […]

7 Favorite Prayers for Depression

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Prayer has always been a foundation in my recovery from depression. I often read the The Psalms to reassure me that God is with me in my struggle. Here are seven other favorite prayers. What are yours? The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage […]

Sometimes

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This is a guest post by Mark R. He does a great job of addressing many of the misconceptions associated with depression and articulating the chronic nature of the beast–helping loved ones and friends who haven’t experienced a mood disorder understand the illness better. He ends with hope. And I want to reiterate — there is always hope. Sometimes […]