Daily Archives: September 16, 2016

Vulnerability Practice

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~ Mary Anne Rademacher This quote speaks more clearly to me than any other of the mistake we … Continue reading

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Can we ever change who we are

As a psychiatrist and novelist concerned with people’s inner conflicts, I’m often asked whether people can truly change. The answer is: yes, and no. Most mental health professionals agree that our deeply embedded traits and tendencies are ingrained by the … Continue reading

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5 More Ways of Coping with Panic

Awhile back I listed some symptoms of panic and a few techniques that have helped me cope (as well as these exercises for managing anxiety). These techniques work for me whether I am in the midst of a full-blown panic … Continue reading

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My Life with Anxiety

Since I was younger, I knew that I thought in a different way than most children. As I grew older, I became consumed with death and its aftermath. I couldn’t understand why my biggest worry wasn’t which dress I would … Continue reading

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The Denial of Trauma

“I don’t have trauma.”“What happened to me isn’t trauma.” “Trauma is something horrific.” “I should have been able to cope with it.” “It’s not sad.” “I’m not upset.” Accepting you are suffering from trauma is by far one of the … Continue reading

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Is It Withdrawal Symptoms or a Depression Relapse

Four years ago, a good friend of mine put her 10-year-old son on Prozac (fluoxetine). He had always suffered from anxiety and anger outbursts, but at age 9, his behavior turned violent, and his ruminations were keeping him up at … Continue reading

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Words of Hope for Anyone Struggling with Depression

One of the worst parts about depression — and there are certainly many — is that it robs you of hope. Hope that you’ll actually feel better. Hope that the darkness will lift. Hope that the emptiness will fill up … Continue reading

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When You Put on a Happy Face but You’re Really Depressed

When we think of people with clinical depression, we think of individuals who are overtly sad — a permanent frown etched onto their face. We think of people who can’t get out of bed and have a hard time working and performing tasks. People who … Continue reading

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Letting Go of a Depression Cure Can Set You Free

I keep going back to this quote by Vivian Greene when it comes to learning how to live with my chronic illness: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” In … Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma: Focus on Validating Feelings

When you’re a child and you suffer abuse, whether it’s physical, sexual, or emotional, you make it your mission to find out if this is normal. You wonder if other kids experienced the same things. It’s easier to doubt your … Continue reading

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