Category Archives: Depression

Holding office while Bipolar

Should mental illness disqualify a person from serving in high public office?  Public perception is a different thing from a clinical assessment, of course.   You know that stigma is still alive and well, when a member of Congress takes a … Continue reading

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Solo on Valentine’s Day: We’re fine, thanks. So why are we depressed?

Being solo in a culture designed for couples means you regularly need a sense of humor. In February, when we are barraged with images of rosebuds, twinkly gifts and Valentine spa retreats for couples, the ante is raised. Being solo is ok, right? Continue reading

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Taking depression seriously: can we just let go of negative thoughts?

We are surrounded with a sea of potential remedies for depression: herbs, pharmaceuticals, therapy, chocolate, and people who tell us to “just cheer up”. Really? Is that possible? Continue reading

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How to cultivate self esteem, when you’re so far behind on your to do list

Pausing for coffee and scanning our life journey, we clearly have more to do: books unread, closets unorganized, financial and career goals not on track. The feeling of falling behind takes a toll on self-esteem. Where’s the irony? Where’s the reset button? Continue reading

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Do you have permission to let go of stress?

Ever have the experience of sitting down to talk, and having no idea where to start?  There is more than one plot line to our lives. A client might sit down in my office with updates in unfolding concurrent dramas: … Continue reading

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What to do when depression feels normal

Therapy is sometimes understood as restoring people to normal, as if we knew what that meant.  Next time you meet a normal person, would you please let me know?   We  find it reassuring to discover that our fears and yearnings … Continue reading

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A sliver of depression may be better than none at all

It is in our nature to seek pleasure and avoid suffering.   The worlds of mental health and spirituality converge around this desire: for a life which brings peace, passion, and meaningful work.  Depression is painful and sometimes dangerous, and so … Continue reading

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