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Therese Borchard


Annapolis, MD, United States

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Past articles by Therese:

World Mental Health Day 2019: Letter to a Suicidal Person

By the time you read this blog, two or three people will have taken their lives. In fact, every 40 seconds someone completes suicide; Close to 800,000 die by suicide every year. According to the World → Read More

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

It's supposed to be the most exciting time of your life ... and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. → Read More

25 Quotes to Foster Emotional Resilience

"I ask not for a lighter burden, but broader shoulders," says a Jewish proverb. That is the essence of emotional resilience … broader shoulders. We can't → Read More

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month: The Wide Spectrum of Alcohol Use Disorder

I used to work with a guy who ate a half of a donut and let the other half sit on his desk for the rest of the day. It didn't bother him, but it drove me crazy. → Read More

What It Takes to Be a Mental Health Advocate: An Interview With Christina Huff

At one point Christina Huff was living her dream: thriving as a paralegal in Chicago and newly in love. Five years and one divorce later, she's still piecing → Read More

6 Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and 6 Ways to Recover

According to a 2013 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, one out of seven mothers suffers from postpartum depression (PPD). That's 14 percent of all new moms. → Read More

6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a → Read More

Five Facts About Atypical Depression You Need to Know

Despite its name, atypical depression is one of the most common types of depression, affecting between 25 to 40 percent of depressed people. Because the → Read More

On Being a Positive Caregiver: An Interview with Veteran Caregiver Carol Bradley Bursack

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute, approximately 17 percent of Americans care for an adult. According → Read More

Four Steps to Manage Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When I was a young girl, I struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I believed that if I landed on a crack in the sidewalk, something terrible would happen → Read More

6 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Recovery from Depression and Anxiety

Recovering from depression and anxiety call for the same kind of shrewdness and amount of perspiration as does running a 4,000-person company. I say that having → Read More

Why It's Okay to Cry in Public

I waited three months after I was discharged from the hospital for suicidal depression to make contact with the professional world again. I wanted to be sure I → Read More

7 Simple Ways to Ease Anxiety

Anxiety serves a life-saving role when we are in real danger. Adrenaline pumps through our system, and suddenly we can run like Usain Bolt and lift a 200-pound → Read More

6 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Ease Difficult Emotions

Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword these days, with impressive studies popping up in the news with regularity. For example, research from the University → Read More

Why Jealousy Can Be Good

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins. "Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy," Oliver Stone said. I'm going to do just that → Read More

Medications That Can Cause Depression

There is nothing more frustrating than when the cure is part of the problem. Because depression is prevalent in patients with physical disorders like cancer, → Read More

Why We Shouldn't Be Afraid of Change

Most human beings loathe change. In a 2010 study conducted at the University of Arkansas, researchers led five experiments that demonstrated that people → Read More

7 Women Who Inspire Me

Proverbs 13:20 says, "Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble." In other words, hang with the winners. A few months ago, my → Read More

Emotional Numbness and Depression: Will It Go Away?

Even as we don't like pain, it is a reminder that we are alive and have a steady pulse. Worse than heartbreak or rage can be the sensation of numbness, when you → Read More

25 Inspiring Quotes on Embracing Your True Self

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." It is also the → Read More