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    Hello Therese, I'm a new member on Beyond Blue and I joined after recently reading your book.I've been dealing with anxiety disorder and depression for 14 yrs and things are beginning to look up a little now. Thank you for the great work you do and I'm looking forward to sharing experiences and being of any help that I could to anyone with similar disorders.

    November 17, 2012
    9:18 PM
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    Wishing you a blessed Ash Wednesday, thank you for the work you do on behalf of people who are suffering from depression on all levels. God bless you and your family.

    March 9, 2011
    12:53 PM
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    Dear Therese, I feel like there's nothing I can say to you about your book "Beyond Blue" that hasn't already been said, but let me add to the comments anyway. I have an MA and like you I have researched my way all over the place about depression and BP 2 and motherhood and New Age responses to it etc etc etc. I tried to kill myself when I was 16 (all parents and grandparents were active alcoholics) and was found prematurely and rushed to hospital. Anyway, I managed to pull myself up out of a deep depression with a lot of therapy and self-help and compelling higher power and vision for my life etc. But when I had children I spiralled right back down, both with my first and again with my second. I am now on meds and in therapy but your book has been a Godsend to me. Thank you so much for your courage to speak out and sound stupid and weak and foolish and all those other things you and I tell ourselves about our story. I am so tremendously grateful that you put my feelings into words, that it was okay to love my kids while also feeling so unbelievably inadequate and like I was one step away from the climax in The Shining. You have helped me to feel better about accepting meds, and more importantly given me some amazing suggestions for how to look consciously at all areas of my life and make them more positive. I'm working through the reading list, just loving Prozac to Potatoes. This is all SO awesome! Please NEVER quit writing, NEVER quit being honest! You are helping sooooooo many people!!!!

    January 5, 2011
    2:31 PM
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    I was first diagnosed with BP disorder when I was 21....have been on lithium, Prozac and God knows what else..believe it or not, I gave up all meds..I take Omega 3's, fish oil, exercise daily and go to Mass..also our Church's Perpetual Adoration Chapel...prayer is a powerful thing, as you well know, Therese...the older I have gotten the simpler my lifestyle..the little things mean so much more...I count my blessings and thank God for all that He has done for me... I certainly don't suggest or imply that drugs don't have a place..only speaking for myself...and NOT beating up on myself and loving and accepting myself(finally!) has made the biggest difference..praise GOD! I salute you for your work, inspiration and drive to help others...God bless you!

    March 2, 2010
    3:01 PM
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    Therese: I really enjoyed your book. The first memoir of bipolar disorder and depression that I could identify with. I was diagnosed with BP1 in 2006, and at the time I wasn't sure that I was accurately diagnosed. Oh, I fit the DSM criteria, but it has always been my understanding that an accurate diagnosis could not be made while I was in an active addiction (alcohol and drugs). I have been clean and sober for three years, taking my medications as prescribed and, although I'm still not QUITE convinced of my diagnosis, I don't mind it as much as long as the meds keep me from curling up into a fetal position and crying all day. Anyhoo... just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your book... which has inspired my to start blogging my own tales and hopefully help others. Thanks!

    February 22, 2010
    2:05 PM
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    The Creative Strokes Network website I mentioned is without any www's. Lois

    October 13, 2009
    5:21 AM
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    I loved your blog about "how to stop obsessing"..It has really helped me overcome some of the ruminating thought patterns that were haunting me. Everyday is a new day. Thank you for your light, wisdom and inspiration! Peace & Happiness for you and yours, Therese, Dora Winters

    August 25, 2009
    2:34 AM
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    I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your blog '12 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy.' Not only did you point out some very helpful tips, but I love the humor you prove thoughout the blog. I literally laughed out loud numerous times! It seems I am always in need of a good laugh. I just wanted to thank you for brightening my day. Keep up the good work with the awesome blogs!!!

    August 20, 2009
    2:49 PM
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    ("PRAYERS,......NULLIFY BITTERNESS!")... Dear Father!,... we come in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. As we examine our hearts this morning Dear Lord, help us to find forgiveness there for the ones who have hurt us. Even though the memories are there, help us to remember that we ourselves are not perfect. Help us to find the seeds of love and understanding toward our brothers and sisters and all mankind....... Sometimes when we have been hurt, or rejected, the pain remains long after the deed has been done. Cleanse our hearts today Lord. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Help us to remember the words Jesus spoke from the cross --- "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." Please help us look beyond their faults and see what You see. You looked beyond our faults and saw our great need of You and Your love. Help us to look beyond our brother's faults and know that they too need Your love, and our love as well....... Sometimes a hurting person, a person who has been cruelly treated, a rejected person, or one who has a very poor image of themselves can be insensitive to the needs and feelings of others because they have become embedded in their own pain. Help that one in emotional pain today Dear Lord. Please minister to those who are ill , or in physical pain. Both illness and physical pain can hamper ones feelings of love and well-being and can sometimes affect one's outward attitudes toward the world........ Yes, Dear Lord, help us to look past the external and search for the internal value of each other. Help us to give the benefit of the doubt when evaluating one another. Help each of us to lead by example - even when we sometimes feel the pain ourselves. Let us count it all joy, as we look unto You to heal and comfort us, knowing that You love us and understand us intimately....... Help us to remember when our own pain emerges, that we can stop right then and there and pray for a forgiving heart, pray for the one who has hurt us (even though they may not be among the living), for these... ("PRAYERS NULLIFY BITTERNESS!")... of heart. Each time we think upon that one who has hurt us, let us turn to you in prayer - for you have the power to change the hearts of men....... Let us pray for the enlightenment of others, and for ourselves as well....... If we hope to be forgiven, we must forgive from our hearts. Please teach us to have loving and forgiving hearts, for Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory Amen.

    May 12, 2009
    7:08 PM
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    Titled: "HAVING COFFEE,......JOIN ME!"... Every Believer, called, to be a missionary. Some of God's most valuable work,...may take place, around the Kitchen Table,...having coffee, a next door Neighbor's House!...... We have learned,...that Suffering is not the Worst thing in the World,......Disobedience to God, the Worst!...... Choose for yourselves this day,...whom you will serve,...but as for me and my Household,...we will serve the Lord!......(Joshua 24:15)...

    April 30, 2009
    6:06 PM
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