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When Depression Tries to Silence You, Silence It by Opening Up

It's been a long winter in my mind and community.

I've been thinking about depression a lot, lately.

I don't know if it's because most of the days in January and February were filled with gray skies, rainy days, random snow storms, overwhelming flu, and frigid temperatures, but they probably didn't help anyone's moods.

Many people I know have been kissed by winter's cold, icy lips this season and it feels like many of us...
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Good and Bad Ways to Cope with Depression

I feel consumed by darkness like the house in this photo

This winter, however, has felt frigid in both my heart and community.

The temperature, much like my moods, has been up and down leaving my body scrambling to adjust and often sick, achy, and utterly exhausted.

I've been in a seething, foul, and agitated state for what seems like weeks. I don't know for how long though because my memory seems to be under...
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When Depression Lies to You, Remind Yourself of the Truth

A photo outside my house. I always feel the need to find light when my world feels dark.

I'm feeling a certain kind of darkness today. I can tell that an old friend has returned to visit.


I can tell my depression is visiting because of the following:
I'm Irritable
It's the kind of irritable that makes me like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. I am cranky, cantankerous, and honestly, I'm kind of a jackass....
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When Your Doctor Fails You, Don’t Fail Yourself

I felt hope on my first visit to get back on medicine.

It's been almost 2 months since I've started taking medicine again.

At first, I was feeling relieved, better, and proud of myself for taking a step towards wellness and healing, but I've come to realize that the effects were more placebo than anything.

When I first met my "doctor" (she's actually a nurse practitioner) I thought our time together was a bit short (around...
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Explore Creativity to Enhance Your Well-Being

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Why I'm Creative

For the past few years, I've been slowly taking photos again and I'm noticing a great difference in my health, vitality, and my love for life through this process.

Taking pictures encourages me to stop, slow down, and observe...
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Loving Yourself Through Self-Compassion

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
—Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

"Son, what would you say to a client if he or she were in the same situation?" my dad asked.

"Excuse me?" I asked a bit taken back by the insightful question.

He repeated himself, "What would you say to a client if he or she were in the same situation as you?"

"I'd probably tell them that we all make mistakes and their...
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What I’ve Learned by Stopping My Meds and Starting Again

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew Solomon, The...
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Use Journaling to Gain Power, Insight, and Perspective

"In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance."

—Franz Kafka, 
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