Happy Daylight Savings Day! I know I always feel better once this day arrives … the beginning of Spring to come. Also, I wanted to let folks know that we now have a Doctor and Therapist Referrals section (group) on Project Beyond Blue (now over 2200 members!). When Beyond Blue Foundation has the resources, I’d like to have a […]
Dear Readers, As some of you may know, I created Beyond Blue Foundation last year, a registered 501c3 public charity (all contributions are tax deductible), that provides support to persons with chronic mood disorders. In the 10 years I’ve spent writing and researching mental health issues, I have received thousands of emails and letters from […]
Sorry to everyone who tried to join my online community Project Beyond Blue yesterday and this morning. We maxed out at 1000 members, and I needed to upgrade the plan before new members were allowed. Ning is a little like the government in that they don’t take calls during the weekend or before noon on […]
“Live to the point of tears,” said Camus. That’s not so hard if you have treatment-resistant depression or any kind of chronic mood disorder. You learn to take Kleenex with you wherever you go. In the middle of a depressive episode, especially, it happens as naturally as sneezing or blowing your nose. Two or three […]
Six years ago a fellow blogger, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. of PsychCentral.com (“Mindfulness and Psychotherapy”) introduced me to the concept of mindfulness. A clinical psychologist and bestselling author, he familiarized me with the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program I participated in (at our local hospital, with a certified instructor). Elisha opened […]
Consider these statistics: One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, exceeding the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide is the second leading cause of death (globally) for people ages 15 – 29, the fifth leading cause of death among persons aged 30 […]
It wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t republish this gem, right?
Never mind the guns on this dude’s arms, I came away from this post thinking about depression in a new way, thinking about mood disorders with new eyes. Alexa writes from the heart and the soul, and I feel very honored to be associated with such deep insight as hers. Thanks, Alexa! Therese Borchard, author […]
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the word “snap” as: to grasp at something eagerly; make a pounce or snatch; to bark out irritable or peevish retorts; to undergo a sudden and rapid change. I wanted to make sure that is, in fact, what happened yesterday toward the end of my run at the Naval Academy. My […]
There is nothing that has as powerful and lasting impact on mood as sleep. Sleep disruption messes with circadian rhythms, the 24-hour clock system wired into our brain that governs fluctuations in body temperature and the secretion of several hormones. While there has always been some data to suggest that sleep deprivation may increase a […]
I am relearning how to make videos for my blog and the website I’m working on (an online community called ProjectBeyondBlue.com) so that it’s more interactive. Here’s my first attempt at hello!