"Mind precedes its objects. They are mind-governed and mind-made." - The Buddha

Mindfulness - The Ultimate Mood Stabilizer


IF YOU'RE one of the lucky ones, your medication will clear your head, restore your judgment, raise your IQ by 30 points, make you lose 50 pounds, put ten million in your bank account, and have the world's sexiest man or woman (maybe both) salivating over the prospect of 20 minutes alone with you.

On the other hand, if you're like the rest of us, you have your work cut out for you. The encouraging news is you don't have to settle for a miserable half-life. The sobering news is getting well and staying well involves being smart and disciplined - a fairly daunting prospect when we have our illness and a host of side issues to contend with.

The articles in this section serve the dual purpose of letting you know what you're up against and of giving you some answers. The recovery techniques here are simultaneously as old as the hills and backed by modern science, but there are no guarantees. You won't find out if they work for you or not until you put in the work.

The pic to illustrate Recovery is Vermeer's "The Lacemaker." I also use Vermeer to illustrate "Treatment." The Treatment pic has two people in it, suggesting the wisdom of seeking expert help. The Recovery pic has a solitary woman actively engaged in a pursuit, reinforcing the notion that we are in charge.



Recovery is a Journey

Living well should not be a dream.

Staying Well

An innovative researcher discovers that patients know best.

What About the Real Stuff?

People problems, fears, bad habits ...

Mindfulness - The Ultimate Mood Stabilizer

What is arguably the most effective recovery tool requires a highly disciplined mind.

Vibration, Rhythm, Music

Meds may be optional. Connecting to our vibrational DNA is not.

The Nature Cure

Getting out in nature is a necessity, not an option.

Personal Support

We can't do it alone. Fortunately, we're not alone.

Support Groups

Do give them a chance.



If you have a mood disorder you have sleep issues.

You Are What You Eat

It's official - good food is good for you.

Diet and Obesity

Obesity is a worlwide epidemic. Fortunately, you don't have to be part of it.

Dreaded Exercise

The catch is you have to do it.

The Stress Factor

The Stress-Emotions Connection

Feeling an episode coming on? You're probably experiencing major stress.

Social Stress

We have a tendency to do ourselves in.


God Power

This just in - faith and spirituality work.

Meditation, Yoga, Breath

Modern science is validating the claims of ancient wisdom.

Play and Laughter

Take Back Our Play!

Remember what being five-years-old was like? Neither do most of us.

Laughing at Our Dark Side

Snap! Suddenly everything is hysterical.

Suicide Prevention

Planning for Tomorrow

Living well requires preparing for - and managing - the worst.


The Happiness Challenge

We elude happiness more than happiness eludes us.

Happiness - Putting in the Effort

True happiness is doing it the hard way.

Happiness - Optimism and Flow

When things go wrong, do you blame yourself?

Happiness - Playing to Our Strenths

The basic virtues are universal. So why are they news to us?

Happiness - A Life of Meaning

Aiming for a life of meaning may be a more realistic goal.

Not to Mention ...

Depression-Proofing Your Home

The front line against depression is the home front.

Smart Meds Strategies

Meds are a complement to your recovery practices, not the other way around.

Listening - The Rules

The best way to make a good impression is by keeping your mouth shut.