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When Your Pet Gets Depressed

Pets can be life savors when going through depression, however, what if your hard times rub off on your cherished dog or cat?

I think my recent episode of depression has caused my cat to become depressed. I've noticed my decompensation appears to have effected him, and his behavior seems to have matched my hard times. He sleeps more than usual, and instead of hanging out in his usual spots around the house, and stays in bed all day.

Now...
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Bipolar II

Laundry II: A Secret Sign of Depression

There are such insightful and helpful comments written on my initial post "Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression" that I wanted to share another interesting observation about another laundry sign that I've recently noticed in my life.

Initially my laundry basket was empty cause I was wearing the same clothes everyday over and over again. Yet, finally, once I had a full load of laundry ready to clean, I put it in the washer and dryer and left it...
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Bipolar I

Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression

Most people think that when you’re depressed you don’t do house chores like taking out the trash, or doing the dishes, or laundry or whatever.

Depression has many faces. I don’t think you can have a list of “here are symptoms of depression” and have it fit someone’s experience of it.

Having said that, I have a new sign of depression that I recently noted.

My laundry basket isn’t full. That's weird.  Usually when I'm depressed it might overflow a...
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Obama: “Ban the Box” on Job Applications – Your Criminal History

President Barack Obama recently directed federal agencies to ban the box on job applications that ask if you've ever been convicted of a crime.  Well, let's just go there.
I was hired to work for the government in 2008. I had to have the live scan finger print background check and knew that I had a misdemeanor on my record from 2006, for a DUI.

I reported everything. I sent in all the court mandated information...
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Bipolar I

She Had Sex With Another Guy?!

There is something in some men that makes them lose it when they find out a women they love, or like, has had sex with another man. They run for the hills, with no explanation.

Women, we get hurt when a man has sex with another women, but we don't necessarily walk.  We get angry and heartbroken but we are more inclined to stick around at least for an explanation to or have a conversation about it.

Maybe there...
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Bipolar I

Preparing for Seasonal Depression

I suffer from seasonal depression, and every Holiday season I start to worry that a depression will take hold, and I won't be ready for it.

My depression has started to creep up on me and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Luckily, I went to my psychiatrist to see about increasing the milligrams of my antidepressant, which is very alarming to me cause I have never wanted to increase my medication.  If anything, I'm always trying to lower...
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Michael Jackson: Mental Illness Versus Mental Difference

I’ve been watching Michael Jackson's The Thriller video recently. Let’s take aside other issues that surface when people say the name Michael Jackson, and look at his work purely from a musical dance point. As far as I know, Jackson was never diagnosed with a mental illness so to speak and/or maybe he has been labeled with an assortment of mental illnesses but, that's my point.  We don't know or have any clarification on the matter,...
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Bipolar II

Standardized Testing: How I Got Into College, How I Didn’t Get Into Grad School.

Recently in the news, President Barack Obama discussed limiting education for standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time. He also pointed out that standardized testing is more than filling out the right bubble.

This is a sensitive topic for parents, teachers, and students. I believe standardized testing is a joke, so I’d like to share my story.

Back in the nineties , when I applied for college, I did TERRIBLE on the SAT. I tried everything. I...
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