On Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne RadmacherThat’s the gist of this video.To get to the YouTube video click here. Originally published on Beyond Blue at Beliefnet.com

Symptoms of Depression in Men


Depression affects approximately 6 million men in the U.S.; however, many more suffer silently. The symptoms of male depression are often difficult to diagnose because they vary considerably from women’s symptoms, or what we think of as “classic” depressive symptoms. The confusion compounded by the misconception of depression as a women’s illness impedes many men […]

A Bad Night’s Sleep Causes Fighting in Couples


One of the best pieces of marriage advice I heard before walking down the aisle was a nugget of wisdom that’s been circulating rooms of 12-step support meetings for years: before you open you’re mouth, consider whether you’re HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, or tired). In our house, the sleeplessness has been the biggest culprit toward needless bickering […]

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, […]

Laugh When You’re Afraid

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“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go in sane,” sings Jimmy Buffett. “Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,” says a Japanese proverb. A sense of humor, for me, is by far the most useful weapon in my depression arsenal. Which is why Eric is panicked when I stop laughing, when my […]

15 Affirmations To Say When You’re Depressed


The self-defeating thoughts that accompany depression are among the most painful elements of the illness. When I’m in the thick of the darkness, I can’t see anything remotely positive about myself. I concentrate solely on my weaknesses. The other day I wrote down some affirmations to say when I’m in this place, to remind myself of my value even […]

Treating Chronic Depression and Anxiety With Hallucinogens and Marijuana


Johns Hopkins just published an interesting summary of the research out today on treating mood disorders with hallucinogens. In the most recent Depression and Anxiety Health Alert, the author chronicles the history of hallucinogens and how they affect the central nervous system to release the right kind of neurotransmitters. Per Hopkins:   Hallucinogens (also called […]

Just Say No: 10 Steps to Better Boundaries


Up until recently, “No” was dirty word to me. As a stage-four people-pleaser, my vocabulary was rich with affirmatives: “yeah,” “sure,” “okay,” “absolutely,” “no problem.” But my mouth just couldn’t seem to form the consonant-vowel combination required to say “No,” even when “Yes” was simply impossible due to time conficts or just an overdose of […]

Treatment Strategies for Insomnia


Insomnia is one of the diagnostic hallmarks of clinical depression. As many as 80 percent of persons who are depressed experience sleeplessness: interrupted sleep, difficulty falling asleep, and early morning waking. Not only does insomnia aggravate existing depression, it can also create risks for developing depression and other mood disorders. It is essential to treat […]

Depression and the Body: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms of Depression


Most persons recognize the classic symptoms of depression: sadness, fatigue, guilt, an inability to concentrate or make a decision. However, rarely does anyone associate a backache or migraine with depression. In a recent survey, 69 percent of persons who met the criteria of depression consulted a doctor for aches and pains. Physical symptoms are surprisingly […]

5 Decisions That Can Make You Happier

The Happiness Choice

Recent happiness studies indicate that popularity, influence, and money do not make people happiest – even as our culture suggests otherwise. Autonomy, life purpose, and relationships are found at the top of the list. In her new book, “The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions that Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want […]

Male Depression: An Interview with Peter V. Rabins, M.D.


I often focus on women’s issues with regard to depression–hormonal triggers, people-pleasing, guilt, motherhood, and so forth–because, statistically speaking, more women than men suffer from depression. However, today I focus on men’s depression, and in particular, on older men’s mood disorders. I have excerpted an interview published in the Fall 2007 issue of the “Johns Hopkins’s […]