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Interfaith Network on Mental Illness- INMI

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Interfaith Network on Mental Illness- INMI

INMI is an organization that explores and educates at the intersection of mental health issues and faith communities. More than 50% of those experiencing mental health difficulties first turn to their faith communities and faith leaders. This is a juncture to pay attention to and nurture. INMI regularly offers free conferences each year as a means to educate and offer resources. On May 12, 2015 a conference called Perturbed and Passionate Parents Speak Out:Cracks in the Mental Health System and How to Fix Them. Check out this link for all of...

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Depression Recovery: Home as Good Kindergarten and Mr. Rogers

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Bipolar Help, Blog, contemplative, Depression Help | Comments Off on Depression Recovery: Home as Good Kindergarten and Mr. Rogers

Depression Recovery: Home as Good Kindergarten and Mr. Rogers

An article about depression that includes kindergarten and Mr Rogers! Really? Bear with me. Have you noticed how a strong image or metaphor can be a container for all sorts of thoughts and ideas? That is why I am using good kindergarten and Mr. Rogers. As we scurry around each day we can have a vague awareness of frustration and discontent but can feel that we have to keep moving and keep setting aside that discontent. Good kindergarten and Mr. Rogers gives us a way to see more clearly what is off in our environment and how to proceed.    ...

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Working with Depression: Finding the Yielding Point

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Bipolar Help, Blog, Depression Help | Comments Off on Working with Depression: Finding the Yielding Point

Working with Depression: Finding the Yielding Point

Rob pulsates with overwhelm. He is having depression symptoms: sleep is skewed, low energy, negative thinking patterns. He mind is spinning as he flails to find a way to work with it all. “If I got back to the gym…but there’s no time…I keep getting further behind at work… it’s helpful when I eat more healthily but I haven’t been able to get myself to the grocery store.” And on it goes. Rob drags himself through his days and collapses when he gets home at night. All the while berating himself for not “getting it together.” As...

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What’s important? Big Rocks First

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Bipolar Help, contemplative, Depression Help | Comments Off on What’s important? Big Rocks First

What’s important? Big Rocks First

A teacher puts a gallon jar on the desk and sets a pile of fist sized rocks next to it. She asks the class how many rocks they think will fit. As they call out their guesses, she places one rock after another in the jar. When she asks the class if it is full, they reply with a resounding “Yes!” But wait she says. Then she brings out a container of gravel. The smaller bits of gravel lodge amongst the larger rocks. Next, sand poured into the jar slides into the spaces between the rocks and gravel. Finally water is poured in to fill the jar to...

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Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Bipolar Help, Blog, Depression Help | Comments Off on Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping

Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping

Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping The temperature drops for a day in September. Cool, gray, rainy. For some people, a visceral fear passes through their system. Especially people with mood disorders. The shorter days and increased darkness can be very difficult for those prone to depression. Oh no. Winter. Which may be followed by definitive statements like, “I hate winter.” “I am always miserable in winter.” “ I dread the cold months.” This is a rough way to approach an entire season. Let’s see what we can do to be proactive....

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A really good video about depression

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog, Depression Help | Comments Off on A really good video about depression

    Hi Folks , Here is a link to a video of Sky Williams. Great descriptions of the experience of depression and heartwarming.  It’s a good one. In response to Robin Williams death Pass it on if you feel inspired to do so. Kathy

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Sutherland Seminar Series -Boulder Colorado

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sutherland Seminar Series -Boulder Colorado

The Sutherland Center for the Evaluation and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder at the University of Colorado at Boulder periodically offers an 8 week educational series about various aspects of Bipolar Disorder. It is open to anyone. No registration required and you may attend any or all of the seminars. A donation is requested but not required. This is a wonderful resource in our Boulder community. Here’s the link for the next series: Sutherland Seminar...

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Recovery Principle: 5 Steps towards taking REAL Brain Breaks

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Bipolar Help, Blog, contemplative, Depression Help | Comments Off on Recovery Principle: 5 Steps towards taking REAL Brain Breaks

Recovery Principle: 5 Steps towards taking REAL Brain Breaks

  Recovery principles: 5 steps towards taking REAL brain breaks Jerry shows up for our session a couple of minutes late. He appears flustered and digs through his backpack as he attempts to settle in. After a furtive glance at the screen, he sets his cell phone on the couch next to him like it is another guest in the room we simply cannot exclude. It takes Jerry the next ten minutes to land and breathe. Jerry is not the only one. Jerry is becoming the norm. What Jerry and all of us are increasingly doing is not good for our brains and...

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Depression Recovery: Expressing your Needs

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Depression Recovery: Expressing your Needs

Depression Recovery: Expressing your Needs

Awareness of life’s ever changing situations and feelings can be helpful steps. Even more helpful is recognizing the need imbedded in the feeling. Being able to express needs can be especially beneficial when managing symptoms of depression. Sheila is struggling with depressive symptoms. She feels overwhelmed, unworthy, indecisive, irritable. She is married and has 2 teenage sons. Although she uses words like overwhelmed or irritable, she suspects her family gets tired of hearing them and no one seems to feel very satisfied with the...

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Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Bipolar Help, Blog, Depression Help | Comments Off on Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol

Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol

Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol Michael is 30 years old. He works full time. He was diagnosed 6 months ago with Bipolar II. He is working with a psychiatrist and is feeling more stable in that his moods do not fluctuate as much, he is feeling less depressed and anxious, and more capable of staying focused at work. And he goes out with friends a couple of times per month and drinks multiple shots of tequila. Joann is 27. She has been struggling mightily with depression. Antidepressants seem to be mostly working. Her mood is much...

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