A Forever-Kind of Illness

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I overhead my husband describing my health to someone on the phone the other day. “She’s definitely better,” he said. “She’s trying a lot of new things. It’s hard to say what’s helping the most.” “Well, she’ll always have it. I mean, it will never go away completely. But she’s able to manage her symptoms […]

My Podcast with “The One You Feed”


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 […]

What You Build in Darkness


There’s a great e-card that reads: “Dear whatever doesn’t kill me, I’m strong enough now. Thanks.” It was the second most-liked item I posted on my Facebook page. The first was a quote by William Gibson: “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by […]

16 Quotes About Hope

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Depression isn’t the opposite of happiness, rather the absence of hope. Every morning I remind of that by reading some of my favorite quotes about hope. Among them are these. The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud. –Buddhist Proverb Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind […]

Are You Compulsive Shopping During the Holidays?


A compulsive shopper is as impossible to identify during the holidays as a sober person at a fraternity party. Step into any department store and you’re guaranteed to spot a half-dozen shopping carts loaded with designer sweaters, fine jewelry, stylish boots, and dark chocolate. In a recent Psych Central blog, licensed psychologist Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., […]

8 Prayers for Anxiety and Panic


When anxiety has a hold of your heart and mind, it can be difficult to do anything but freeze in panic. We forget that there is an alternative to believing its message of imminent doom. Anxiety and panic don’t disappear with prayer, but they can certainly diminish. The following eight prayers are classic intercessions, scripture […]

Doing the MOST Good


There’s a scene in the movie “Elf,” where Buddy (Will Ferrell) first gets to New York City, and goes into a dingy diner that has a sign outside that reads, “World Best Cup of Coffee,” and exclaims, “Congratulations! You did it! The world’s best cup of coffee!!” I always think of that scene when I […]


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I have a love-hate relationship with December. Many people do. As a person with an extremely fragile psyche, who has a low threshold for stress, I feel like December adds another 50 percent of things to be scratched off of my “to do” list, and therefore tells my sympathetic nervous system that panic mode is […]