Overcoming Guilt in Depression


Great new post by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central … “There is a voice that says I’m doing something terribly wrong and that I’m a horrible person,” said Therese Borchard, author of the book Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxietyand Making the Most of Bad Genes. In the book, Borchard lists the many things […]

9 Ways to Live Easter Every Day

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The following piece is also featured as a Beliefnet gallery, which you can get to by clicking here. One of my favorite scripture verses is John 20:15, when Jesus finds Mary Magdalene crying at the door of the tomb and says to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” In that moment, Jesus isn’t asking a […]

On Taming Our Amygdala or Monkey Brain

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In “The Emotional Brain,” Joseph LeDoux, a professor of neuroscience at New York University, explains the “fear system” in laboratory animals and humans. The almond-shaped clump of tissue called the amygdala can be a real troublemaker. Whenever you sense potential danger (26 voice-mails on your cell phone coming to life like the Nutcracker), the amygdala […]

On Good Friday: God of My Bitter Hours

I thought it was appropriate to share this beautiful reflection of Joyce Rupp’s, inspired by the theologian Karl Rahner, on Good Friday. I found it in a beautiful book of reflections by Joyce Rupp called “Fragments of Your Ancient Name” by Joyce Rupp. God of My Bitter Hours by Joyce Rupp (Inspired by Karl Rahner) […]

Depression in Kids: Its Toll and Treatment


Great article on kids and depressed by Sanjay Gupta at Everyday Health. I was honored to be interviewed for it. Depression is typically diagnosed in adults, but children also struggle with the condition. New research now indicates those depressed children are more likely to be obese, smoke and not engage in physical activity — all […]

What’s Your Brick Wall?

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This is a piece from my archives. But it’s a good reminder of my brick walls today. “Brick walls are there for a reason,” said Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor who so poignantly taught us how to die in the years after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “They let us prove […]

8 Survival Tips for the Spouse of a Terminally Ill Person: An Interview With Owen Surman, M.D.

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Owen Stanley Surman, M.D., a practicing hospital psychiatrist known internationally for his work on psychiatric and ethical aspects of solid organ transplantation. Following the death of his wife, Dr. Surman devoted six years to writer a memoir, “The Wrong Side of an Illness: A Doctor’s Love Story,” which […]

5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic


(Image by Stephen Webster/Wall Street Journal) Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an amazingly accurate and helpful article in the Wall Street Journal about the self-criticism that so often accompanies depression and anxiety. Not only was I delighted that she approached such a difficult and complicated aspect of our illness with compassion and insight, but I was […]