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I made a mistake, now what?

Hi Everyone, What’s been going well this week? Sorry I didn’t get to write last week. This “mistake” actually made me start thinking about this week’s topic – Making Mistakes. As we are all human and fallable, we make mistakes. What do we do after that? There are many options. We can apologize – nice thing to do. We can ignore it and pretend we didn’t do anything – denial. We can admit it and minimize the significance – “It’s not that big a deal”. We can catastrophize it – “How will you ever forgive me. I am worthless and…

Exchanging Thought Habits in a Busy Brain

Hi Everyone, What has been going well this week? Recently I received an email with an outstanding exercise for changing negative thought patterns. It was provided by someone who struggled with severe despair and hopelessness and has turned their life around. They still have ups and downs and struggles AND continues to move forward. The exercise was so good, I decided to offer it as this weeks blog. Give it a try.  Exchanging Thought Habits in a Busy Brain “Your mind works like the New York stock exchange ticker board. With depression, there is a ‘stock’ running across the board every…

Who put all this on my plate?

Hi Everyone, Hope this week has been good. Perhaps I should start these blogs by asking what has been good this week? Hmmm Maybe next week. This week I want to talk about stress. How do we get stress in our lives? Typically the response to such a question would involve, “My family/relationship/work/health etc… is causing me stress”. If that is true, then why do each of us report different levels of stress and also behave according to that level of stress. For example, many times a married couple both dealing with the difficulty of being parents will describe different…

How am I doing?

Hi Everyone, Hope this week has been good. Lately, I’ve been wondering about this statement I make at the beginning of each blog. Many times this is the socially expected comment you make when you run into someone. It’s kind of like, “How are you?”. The typical standard response is, “Fine. How are you?”. I hope you know that I am genuinely interested. I would like to suggest that this week, each of us take a moment to assess, “How am I doing?”. What are you struggling with and what is going well? Now when things are going well, it’s…

There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.

Upcoming Events: January 7, 2013 Free Lecture, “When you can’t snap out of it: Finding your way through depression” 7-8PM at New Leaf Club 1225 Montrose Ave., Rosemont PA 19010. Hope to see you there!! This weeks blog is about: Making the most of today. Hi Everyone, Happy New Year. In the last several blogs I’ve written, the theme has been about taking action and being in charge of what you want. Keeping in that vain, this week I’d suggest we focus on what you will do in 2013. One year from now, how do you want to look back on 2013? As with any…

The power of our words

Upcoming Events:   Book Signing – Saturday, December 22, 2012, Books a Million Exton Square Mall 1-3PM Book Signing Thursday, December 27, 2012, LA Fitness, Downingtown 4-6PM Free Lecture Monday, January 7, 2013 “When you can’t snap out of it: Finding your way through depression” 7-8PM at New Leaf Club 1225 Montrose Ave., Rosemont PA 19010 This weeks blog: “What do you believe?” Hi Everyone, I hope you have been having a good week. The other day I was talking with a group about why we do or don’t do something. As you might have guessed, our decisions are greatly influenced by what we say to ourselves. That self-talk can be positive and…

Looking back or looking forward?

Upcoming Events:                                                                                                     December 22, 2012, Saturday Book Signing – Books a Million Exton Square Mall 1-3PM  December 27, 2012, Thursday Book Signing LA Fitness, Downingtown 4-6PM       January 7, 2013 Free Lecture, “When you can’t snap out of it: Finding your way through depression” 7-8PM at New Leaf Club 1225 Montrose Ave., Rosemont PA 19010 This weeks blog: “And…

To believe or not to believe? – AKA, “Do you want to stop playing catch?”

Upcoming Events:                                                                                                 December 8th  5:30-6:30pm ”Recovery Radio” on 1210 WPHT Saturday,  http://rehabafterwork.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/recovery-radio/                                       click the “Events” tab on my website for more information.                          …

It feels good to be validated.

Next Event: At Risk Teens: Self-Injury and Depression                                 Sponsored by The Terry Muzzy Foundation                                                                       East Brandywine Twp. Building 1214 Horeshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335                                Feel free to join Dr. Lou in this night of discussion from 6:30…

How are your holidays going to be?

Next Event: “Recovery Radio” on 1210 WPHT Saturday, December 1st  5:30-6:30pm http://rehabafterwork.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/recovery-radio/                                       click the “Events” tab for more information This weeks blog is about experiencing the holidays the way you want. Hi Everyone, Have you spent anytime predicting how the holidays might go? What are you telling yourself? How does it make you feel? Is that how you want to feel? What can you do about it? If you said, “There’s nothing I can do”, then how you are feeling is not likely to change…

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