Monthly Archives: April 2013

186. Dwelling on Negative Thoughts

When I was in major depression, negative thoughts started bombarding me in the early morning hours. And one negative thought led to another. First I’d worry about the money I had spent unnecessarily the day before. Then I’d think about … Continue reading

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185. Music Therapy

Music has long been known to affect mood, and now recent research shows that music can be a curative for depression in several ways. Playing an instrument allows depressed people to express themselves nonverbally when they are not comfortable talking … Continue reading

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184. Cyclothymia

Just as there is a milder cousin of depression called dysthymia, so too there is a milder occurrence of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia. Like bipolar disorder, cyclothymia has high and low phases, though the highs are not as high and … Continue reading

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183. Life in Depression

What does one do when depression is unrelenting and ongoing, month after month, year after year? How does one live life in depression? After a couple years of terrible suffering and a hope that I would be struck dead by … Continue reading

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182. Depression is Depressing

As year after year of my depression dragged on, it seemed this would be my lot in life until I died, and I hoped that event would come sooner rather than later. Then came a day when, not with a … Continue reading

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181. It’s Our Reaction to Stress that Brings Relief

In dealing with stress that is beyond our control, it is not the stress itself that is the problem; it is our reaction to it. Stephen Covey addresses this in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He says there … Continue reading

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180. The Problem of Stress

There are all sorts of self-help books out there that tell us how to reduce stress – yoga, soothing music, exercise, meditation, bubble baths, and the like – but these techniques assume we are the victim and can only feel … Continue reading

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