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Self-Forgiveness & Overcoming Depression

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Madly Chasing Peace

Madly Chasing Peace


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My guest today, Dr. Helen Evrard, originally an internist and allergy/asthma specialist who established a solo practice in Lewisburg, PA, while raising twins as a single mother. In 2004 she sold her practice and moved to Buffalo, NY, to provide a broader education experience for her teen-age children and to join the clinical faculty at the New York State University at Buffalo medical school. 

She closed her practice early in 2009, and later that year her children left for college. What followed was a state of severe depression, complicated by intractable pain from a congenital back problem. Financially ruined and socially withdrawn, Helen was contemplating suicide when she voluntarily entered a psychiatric facility in 2011.  It was there that a holistic therapist suggested that she “think positively,” and so to fill the extra time on the locked ward she began to write down positive words contained in a random book in the patient lounge.

This word list became the basis for her book “Positive Matters.” Dr. Evrard now speaks on recovery from brain disease (mental illness), with emphasis on depression, hosts the radio show Your Mind Matters and volunteers in literacy programs. An avid reader from childhood on, she works to teach others the value and power of words, and to raise consciousness about methods to manage brain disease outside the context of medication and talk therapy. She also provides intuitive readings using Positive Matters and Positive Pulls, and is available to speak to groups and organizations.

Learn more and meet her at http://www.wordifference.com

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