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Depression: Can it be Healthy?

Can Depression be Healthy? Is depression healthy for us? In an article entitled "Does Depression Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?" in science magazine Nautilus,  Mathew Hutson suggests that depression, rather than being a pathological dysfunction, is actually an evolutionary mechanism for achieving new benefits. For the many of us who have ever experienced a depressive disorder in

My new favorite meditation app 10% Happier

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics ABC News anchor Dan Harris has developed my favorite new mindfulness meditation app, called 10% Happier - Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. The basics are largely available for free and the rest can be unlocked with a $10 month membership. I haven't yet done a full comparison with Headspace, but at first glance, I'd

What makes us happy?

Do you have any idea how many books have been written about the subject of happiness? I certainly didn't. A search on Amazon reveals over 88.000 results! It is hard to imagine any other topic that has been explored and pursued more.  With so many self-help books not to mention a myriad of other resources

Embrace the Shadow

I just read a wonderful poem by Rilke about dealing with sadness and anxiety. EMBRACE THE SHADOW Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. So don't be frightened, dear friend, if sadness or anxiety casts a shadow over your life. Something is happening within you. Remember

The Road Less Traveled – just as relevant today!

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck was first published in 1978, and undoubtedly was to some degree, ahead of its time.. The title is so memorable that whenever I mention the book to clients and friends there is almost universal recognition, especially amongst the younger  baby boomer generation who came of age during

Turning towards anxiety

I wish more people understood the importance of turning towards their anxiety. As a therapist, I have become increasingly impressed with Focusing as a way to listen to what your own body has to say.  A client of mine had been suffering with severe anxiety most of his life and the only relief he found