This is a place for organizing some of the content on this site around topics that are of particular interest and relevance to people who are trying to live creatively with moods.

We know it can be daunting to find the relevant information on our site.

Hopefully these pages will help you get around the site and find the information that you need.

Since this is a work in progress, I really want to get your thoughts and feedback.

The pages will roughly correspond to the chapters of our book on MoodSurfing. Some potential topics that will be featured on this page are:

  • Diagnosis
  • Relationships
  • Existential Issues
  • Creativity and Mood
  • Mood Tracking
  • Women and Mood
  • Physical Issues
  • Cognitive and Focus Issues
  • Self Care
  • Sleep

We plan to start this new page with the topic of sleep. Since this page is just the beginning, our hope is that in the future users will be able to use this page as a navigation tool to find more information about particular topics. Under each topic, we hope to provide links to related pages already on the site as well as provide relevant resources.

So what we create will reflect not just the content of the individual posts, but also new content covering areas that have not been discussed in much detail in our posts.

Please let us know if there is any topic that you feel is particularly important to include. We really appreciate your input and are very excited about this new development in the website. Email me at


A Healthy Diet and Nutritional Supplements

A Healthy Diet What is a healthy diet? We have been interested in this question from the very beginning, but it assumes more and more importance as evidence points to a deterioration in the overall American diet and also points more and more strongly towards diet as a potentially modifiable risk factor for depression. We …

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Cognitive and Focus Issues

Difficulties with cognition and focus are almost universal in folks with moods. In the scientific literature there have been attempts to distinguish between mood related problems and problems that tend to persist regardless of mood state. There is probably nothing that can more profoundly affect our brain’s ability to focus than an episode of depression …

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Creativity and Mood

Get Creative   In large measure the sense that there is much missing in the practice of psychiatry in working with people with moods and helping them to find a creative path to adapt to and live with those moods is the reason for this blog. In particular, it was my vision of an active …

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Depression and Bipolar Moods

A place for talking about what is bipolar disorder and how it differs from recurrent depression, as well as the types of bipolar.

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Elsewhere we talk about some of the existential issues (who am I?) that most people struggle with when they seek help for depression or mood swings. Diagnosis (what does that mean?) highlights many of these issues. Am I just a diagnosis? What happens to my humanity when my subjective experience gets pathologized? These are important …

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Existential Issues

Finding one’s place in the world   I am reminded of the school of existential psychotherapy. Viktor Frankl, and others, wrote about the idea that a fundamental aspect of human life is trying to understand one’s place in the world and to discover a meaning for one’s life. The first question that we received had …

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Mood Tracking

Why start a Mood Chart? 1. Mood charting allows us to better connect treatment recommendations with not only a person’s current mood but also where there mood is likely to be heading.  2. Regularly recording moods can increase an individual’s awareness of changes in mood. 3. The mood chart can help an individual understand what …

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Physical Issues

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind   Although it isn’t something that I do, it is helpful to remember that working directly with the body is sometimes exactly what it takes to solve a health problem. In addition to work with couples who have had trouble with physical intimacy we’ve seen bodywork help in a number of …

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Attuned Relationships   A woman we have seen for years, who has been experiencing a strong sense of disappointment and loss because her highly anxious mother was never able to really attune to her needs, told us that her son who is about 7 years old, recently told her that he felt deeply disappointed that …

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Self Care

Yoga and Meditation Yoga and mindfulness meditation have been rumored to increase resilience by inducing the relaxation response. The body exhibits the relaxation response by producing anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-stress effects. Dr. Roy-Byrne, MD set up an experiment to see whether the relaxation response would not only reduce physiological stress but also actually change gene …

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Sleep and Insomnia

Sleep and insomnia are among the most common problems that people with moods seek help for. We have written many posts about various topics related to sleep and insomnia. This page is intended to be an overview of the topic. A colleague of ours, who is an expert in sleep, suggested, only somewhat in jest, that …

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Treatment and Medication

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT   CBT explores the relationship between an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By investigating the habitual thought patterns and thinking behind the  self-destructive actions of a patient, therapists use CBT to work on changing these thoughts and beliefs to be more positive. CBT is a way therapists and patients work together …

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Women and Mood

Women and Weight So many of us have to deal with things that are not fair – depression, unsupporting spouses, financial reversals, weight gain, etcetera, it can be tempting to launch a protest of some kind against the unfairness. These protest actions don’t have to be obvious at all, but they can have powerful effects, …

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Early Warning Signs

Since the treatment of mood episodes is imperfect and the consequences of a mood episode can be severe, identifying early warning signs is one of the most important steps that people can take to improve their mental health. Begin with a list of problematic mood states.  People with bipolar may experience hypomanic or manic episodes, depressed episodes …

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