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  • Viewpoint: What have you done for me lately? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    than 1 2 my pay just to get re engaged in life 6 months later I m about ready to seek new opportunities that will pay me what I m worth in the marketplace It s been a very challenging year to say the least but faith brings renewed hope and self confidence one step at a time Angela April 30 2014 It s weird how we think that if we fail that we should be looking elsewhere for something to make us feel success But we should never make a decision when we are in a tunnel I would not be teaching now if I had quit Have faith and hold on maybe you just need time to take a break RELATED ARTICLES Kick pessimism to the curb August 5 2015 8 30 am Six ways to get rid of your negativity and encourage a positive attitude By Ashley Trexler What makes depression so depressing The waves Do You Suffer With Brain Burps September 4 2014 12 01 am Okay so you re probably wondering what a Brain Burp is Truth be told it s one of my several made up words I created it to describe a Journal of a depression journey May 5 2014 10 05 am Michael Rafferty reflects on his 5 year journey as an esperanza columnist and blogger By Michael Rafferty So this is the fifth anniversary edition Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11

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  • Viewpoint: What have you done for me lately? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    I ve spent more than 25 years as a fundraiser for hospitals schools and various other nonprofit organizations Most of the places had a fiscal year that started on October 1 and ended on September 30 of the following year The mere mention of that date can still set off a flight or fight response in the unconscious recesses of my brain That wasn t the case in 1991 however By early that summer I was on my way to having the best year of my career September 30 held no threat By mid October however panic had started to take hold of me There are bad days and even bad decades These do not erase the good things A sense of letdown after a success is probably a common experience It s kind of like an adrenaline hangover This was no hangover It was despair I was certain that the last year had been a fluke All those things that came together would never come together again I was sure to fail This was a self fulfilling prophecy on speed I couldn t ask a prospective donor for a contribution because I already knew he was going to say no I couldn t get one thing checked off my urgent list without adding three items to it The clock was always ticking the pages of the calendar never stopped turning I felt like I was awaiting execution I was a dead man walking I know what you re thinking You re thinking that this man should get a different job Let s just say that when I am depressed my interview skills are not at their peak I did go looking though and interviewed for a number of jobs all of them steps down on the career ladder and

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  • Michael Rafferty | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    have you done for me lately By Michael Rafferty February 1 2012 12 00 am On July 20 1969 Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong eased the Apollo 11 lunar module to the moon s surface They were the first human beings Read more Journal of a depression journey By Michael Rafferty May 5 2014 10 05 am Michael Rafferty reflects on his 5 year journey as an esperanza columnist and blogger By Michael Rafferty So this is the fifth anniversary edition Read more Viewpoint The divine prerogative By Michael Rafferty September 29 2014 12 46 pm By Michael Rafferty The season of Lent is upon us Old school Catholics will remember when Lent was all about giving things up things Read more Blog Posts and Articles by Michael Rafferty Viewpoint The divine prerogative By Michael Rafferty September 29 2014 12 46 pm By Michael Rafferty The season of Lent is upon us Old school Catholics will remember when Lent was all about giving things up things Read more Journal of a depression journey By Michael Rafferty May 5 2014 10 05 am Michael Rafferty reflects on his 5 year journey as an esperanza columnist and blogger By Michael Rafferty So this is the fifth anniversary edition Read more Memories Like the corners of my mind By Michael Rafferty June 3 2013 7 11 am Irish Alzheimer s the old joke goes is when you forget everything but the grudges There s some truth to the joke as with all bitter Read more If you re happy and you know it call now By Michael Rafferty May 27 2013 4 49 am Sunny weekends in the month of May are sweet rewards for making it through another winter but there is an art to enjoying rotten Read more But he seemed so normal By Michael Rafferty March 4 2013 11 06 am A couple of weeks ago The Crimson Harvard s student newspaper ran an anonymous op ed piece written by a student who was going through a very Read more Viewpoint A crying shame By Michael Rafferty November 5 2012 10 27 am Columnst Michael Rafferty talks about when anger turns to tears Read more Viewpoint What have you done for me lately By Michael Rafferty February 1 2012 12 00 am On July 20 1969 Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong eased the Apollo 11 lunar module to the moon s surface They were the first human beings Read more VIEWPOINT Leaps of faith By Michael Rafferty May 6 2011 2 56 pm Michael Rafferty writes about the the role that faith plays in his life and depression Read more Nothing to fear but fear itself By Michael Rafferty February 13 2011 10 17 pm When President Franklin Roosevelt spoke those words he just glided over the fact that fear itself is no small thing Underscoring that point I recently Read more VIEWPOINT No pain That s gain By Michael Rafferty February 3 2011 1 40 pm A man goes

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  • Viewpoint: What have you done for me lately? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    that I didn t get any of those jobs If I failed to meet lowered expectations what would that say about me My depression had narrowed my field of vision so much that I couldn t see anything positive things that I had accomplished people who really did think that I knew what I was doing All I could see were the threats and dangers real and imagined There was no respite when spring arrived In early summer I hit bottom paralyzed by a matter of absurd in consequence At that point there was nowhere to go but up The climb was made easier by a dawning awareness that I wasn t really a total failure That wasn t exactly a mantra to live by but it was enough at the time Even so it would be another two months before I felt competent again It would be years before I had a saner view of success helped by a sudden insight that can still surprise me for its simplicity Success like life itself is cumulative There are bad days and even bad decades The Red Sox were perilously close to having a bad century These do not erase the good things You don t have to start all over In other words success is not written in chalk Now that is a pretty good mantra Tagged with Michael Rafferty pessimism viewpoint About the author Michael Rafferty Has 15 Articles Michael Rafferty is a freelance writer and consultant for nonprofit organizations He and his wife live in the Boston area 3 COMMENTS Arthur April 29 2014 Reply Michael Rafferty s article was truthful and motivating He describes exactly what many of us go through after a job loss or when we enter the tunnel of darkness Thanks for your insight Arthur Bob April 29 2014 Reply I was let go from my position April 15 2013 due to falling short in quota This sent me into a downward spiral of discouragement and depressikn for 6 months I finally took a job at less than 1 2 my pay just to get re engaged in life 6 months later I m about ready to seek new opportunities that will pay me what I m worth in the marketplace It s been a very challenging year to say the least but faith brings renewed hope and self confidence one step at a time Angela April 30 2014 Reply It s weird how we think that if we fail that we should be looking elsewhere for something to make us feel success But we should never make a decision when we are in a tunnel I would not be teaching now if I had quit Have faith and hold on maybe you just need time to take a break Leave a Reply to Arthur Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Kick pessimism to

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  • Do You Suffer With Brain Burps? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    over 20 years experience facilitating coping skills wellness groups in hospital based programs She is founder CEO of WellYOUniversity LLC a health education company dedicated to empowering individuals with the tools and supports to achieve lifelong wellness Her unique approach called Whole Brain Wellness is the result of having lived both sides of depression as the patient and as the professional Carol s latest books include Moving Beyond Depression LifeTools Emotional Eating and Putting Your Weight Loss on Auto Visit Carol s websites WellYOUniversity com and ThePowerofWordsEquote com 2 COMMENTS Gail September 15 2014 Reply The article on Brain Burps really hit home I suffer from these instances of negativity and it feels terrible to be so sad Sometimes I feel like covering my head and not coming out until something happens to make the days better How would I get the previous four issues to read Thank you Gail alvaro silva pico September 20 2014 Reply UN BUEN DIA LES DESEO LES QUIERO DECIR QUE PADESCO DE BIPOLARIDAD TRASTORNO DEPRESIVO MAYOR HAY MOMENTOS QUE ME TIEMBLA TODO MI CUERPO EN ESPECIAL AL SUBIR Y AL BAJAR DE UN BUS EN DIAS PASADOS IBA A PASAR POR SOBRE UN PUENTE PEATONAL AL QUE HE ATRAVESADO MUCHAS VECES Y RESULTA QUE ESTA VEZ ME LLENE DE PANICO Y TUVE QUE RETROCEDER Y TOMAR OTRA VIA LES ACLARO QUE ESTE TIEMPO IBA CAMINANO UN ABRAZO LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Tips For Managing Your Weight While Taking Medication February 11 2016 12 01 am Have you or someone you know ever had the experience of taking a particular medication and gaining a lot of weight What do you do Do Taking Shortcuts Really Work February 4 2016 12 01 am I recently discovered a new bad habit that I have When I get in a hurry I tend to take shortcuts The problem is the A New Way To Discover Some Hidden Strengths January 28 2016 12 01 am I LOVE learning new tools Better yet I love sharing new tools and I ve got a great one to share with you today I m a How Anger Gets A Bad Rap January 21 2016 12 01 am Are you someone who thinks it is bad to get angry Maybe you know someone like this Over the past 23 years I have worked Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach

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  • Journal of a depression journey | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    was a surprising antidepressant Prayer and meditation inconsistently Occasional epiphanies of self awareness about regrets forgiveness and happiness But nothing beats the writing Partly because I like to write and I like what I write I ve already admitted I amuse myself I m smiling right now Mostly though because it requires me to take the time and discipline to sort out what I m trying to say to strip away the protective coats of wittiness and irony to face the facts that I want to explain It s like therapy but cheaper Now about this anniversary business I am pleased to note that I have had a Viewpoint column in every single issue a perfect attendance record that I have not achieved in any other endeavor going all the way back to the first grade For most of those issues I had Page 15 all to myself I m hoping that in some distant future esperanza will retire Page 15 the way stellar athletes have their numbers retired Maybe I will even be in a Depression Hall of Fame I m going to work on my induction speech Tagged with anniversary gratitude highlights Michael Rafferty Spring 2014 About the author Michael Rafferty Has 15 Articles Michael Rafferty is a freelance writer and consultant for nonprofit organizations He and his wife live in the Boston area 1 COMMENT Leticia Garcia Bradford July 24 2014 Reply Hi Michael Thanks for being there on page 15 all these years I reread your columns and feel I get a fresh perspective each time Today every word I read I could have written myself a big message for the magazine you are not alone I am a writer too and hope to set myself up as a motivational speaker focusing on thriving through disabilities I have multiple sclerosis and have been diagnosed as bipolar As I am working on this endeavor I am working on getting my work published I started with my blog lgbradford blogspot com which is very positive and shows my perseverance Thanks for being there you encourage me to keep writing Hopefully I ll get published in Esperanza sooner than later For me today I was suffering my insecurities last night took my sleeping pill and said I ll think about it tomorrow Morning came and I read the column which starts with your niece Liz Duh I thought of course I am okay The insecurities were resolved in the morning and I made positive inroads for the day Thanks Michael Smiles Leticia Garcia Bradford PS My daughter lives in Brookline and I just visited her and went to a couple of Boston museums while I was there Great fun navigating the T LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir

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  • Worth fighting for… | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Through Veterans own voices Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources other Veterans like themselves In this video hear Veterans share their Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Douglas M Duncan The Politician s Courageous Depression Disclosure February 1 2016 2 52 pm In his 24 year career in public office including three terms as the top elected official in Maryland s most populous county DOUGLAS M DUNCAN became a Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria

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  • Worth fighting for… | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    negativity Therapy can help generate new ways of thinking Bennett learned in therapy about the link between low self esteem and depression He practices recognizing destructive thought patterns and assessing whether there is a realistic foundation for his doom and gloom thinking He keeps a journal where he can work through upsetting experiences and track his progress Deep breathing and mindfulness help him cope with anxiety Despite counseling and medication however Bennett s deep seated depression persisted He decided to take a medical leave from his high stress job in 2011 then went on disability a few months later Although he is grateful for the time to focus on healing he admits that not being able to work was a further hit to his vulnerable self image Learning to see depression as an illness not a character flaw has given him another tool to defuse his self criticism I finally realized that if I didn t accept that depression was a disease I couldn t begin to get through it he explains I have to tell myself every day You have a disease lighten up on yourself Positive power The idea of being worthless is a thought habit and unless you recognize old habits you can t change them Solomons points out Cognitive behavioral therapy helps identify self defeating thought patterns offers a more realistic way of thinking and lets you rehearse different ways of dealing with situations Shari says those principles had a profound impact on her recovery after her business failed her depression rebounded and she began to have panic attacks I was relying on two depression medications to make it through the day and not just curl up in a ball in my bed she recalls This time Shari recognized that she needed to reframe her thoughts rather than rearrange her life She turned to a business transformation coach trained in a positive self improvement technique I now understand that What we think about we bring about she explains The more I felt sorry for myself the sorrier my life got Shari began repeating affirmations and practicing mindfulness When negative thoughts popped into her head she told herself This thought doesn t serve me well What could I think instead I became conscious of my thought patterns reversing the negative self talk and practicing more positive ways of responding and it began to change my state of mind she explains You re the author of your own views about yourself and you have the power to rewrite them Solomons suggests rehearsing responses to various scenarios like an actor rehearsing a script asking How would someone with high self esteem deal with the same situation You re the author of your own views about yourself and you have the power to rewrite them he says That s gospel truth for Shari who found another job as an IT project manager and stays focused on better work life balance In fact she wrote a book about time management I

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