Written by and/or featuring Bob Murray, PhD and
Alicia Fortinberry, MS
Look on the Bright Side
Research shows optimists live longer, happier, more successful lives. Kelly Rice interviews Bob and Alicia in Today's Health and Wellness about the secrets of successful optimists. (March/April 2005)
Relax like a Hunter-gatherer: Nine Activities for Lifelong Relaxation
Dr Bob Murray explains why people get stressed by modern life and why the most effective ways to recover our innate optimism, positive mood and ability to relax, are activities in harmony with our genetic and social heritage. (March 2005)
Recreating the Healing Tribe
Truly supportive relationships bring out the best in us, and help heal mood disorders, emotional problems, and childhood trauma. But are your relationships part of the solution, or are they contibuting to the problem? Dr Bob Murray shares tips for creating healthy, and healing relationships. (February 2005)
What is Family?
Dr Bob Murray shares his views on the true meaning of family and the role of extended family, friends, colleagues and pets as part of our support system. (October 2004)
Depression and Relationships: Living With a Depressed Person
Depression can have a negative affect on your relationships. Dr Bob Murray shares his rules from Creating Optimism for living or working with a depression sufferer and avoiding codependency. (August 2004)
Summertime Blues: Healing for Health Professionals
Caring for patients often takes an emotional toll on health care professionals. In fact health care professionals have the highest rate of suicide of any profession. Dr Bob Murray speaks to Karen Appold about how practitioners can avoid burn-out. Advance Newsmagazines (July 2004).
Depression: A Social Problem with a Relationship Solution
Depression is a symptom of a society that has lost its way, forcing us to live in a manner inimical to our human, genetic nature and subjecting us to trauma and abuse. By Dr Bob Murray and Alicia Fortinberry.
Published in AHP Perspective, the journal of the Assn. of Humanistic Psychology (June-July 2004).
Managing Your Moods
Understanding mood disorders, including how and why they affect relationships. By Dr Bob Murray and Alicia Fortinberry.
Published in New Times Naturally (May-June 2004).
Creating Optimism: Who's in Your Tribe
In Creating Optimism, authors Dr Bob Murray and Alicia Fortinberry clearly demonstrate how we can improve our external
world, our tribe of friends and family, so that our depressed brains will begin to heal. Book reviewed by Devon Rose,
Chicago Tribune staff writer (April 2004).
Healing Depression Safely Without Antidepressants
New research shows that most treatments for depression, including cognitive behavioural therapy, diet and anti-depressants aren't enough. Dr Bob Murray and Ms Fortinberry show why the only lasting solution is the oldest of all: a supportive "band" of relationships.
Stress and Workaholism
Dr Bob Murray discusses why stress and workaholism is endemic in modern life, and what you can do to lessen their effect.
PTSD and Childhood Trauma
Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, PTSD is linked with depression and early childhood abuse says Dr Bob Murray. This fascinating article reveals hidden causes, symptoms and triggers and outlines appropriate diagnosis and treatment protocol.
Many people suffer from anxiety, or an underlying feeling that they are unsafe and a potential failure no matter how rich, powerful or successful they are. Dr Bob Murray examines how over-anxious responses are rooted in early childhood.
Cures for the Depression Epidemic
Dr Bob Murray discusses the major health issue of today and what we can do to help stop it.
An genetic and physiological perspective on men's and women's health by Alicia Fortinberry.
Terrorism: Will It Lead to a Rebirth of Faith?
Dr Bob Murray analyses the social and spiritual implications of the recent terrorist attacks, the resurgence of religious fundamentalism, and the renewed search for meaning through prayer and community.
Spirituality and The Human Genome Project
Dr Bob Murray reviews the responses of religious and philosophical thinkers in the wake of the mapping of the human genome.
Running from Ritalin
What is modern society really doing to our children? Dr Bob Murray, PhD, discusses factors underlying the disturbing rise in the diagnosis of Attention Defficit Disorder and the search for a quick fix.
Read more self-help tips about relationships, self-esteem and depression recovery.
About the Authors
Dr Bob Murray is a widely published psychologist and expert on emotional health and optimal relationships. Alicia Fortinberry is a psychotherapist, health writer and executive coach. Together they are the founders of the highly successful Uplift Program, and authors of Raising an Optimistic Child (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Creating Optimism (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
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