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Mental health

Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

I've never been particularly interested in material things, and I don't accumulate a lot of stuff. I get satisfaction from getting rid of things, so every so often I'll do some paring down. A while back, I wrote about Depression and Closet/Identity Thinning, and whether I should get rid of the more dressy, feminine clothing… Continue reading Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

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Mental health, Seasonal & holidays

A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

The blue Christmas thing is relatively new to me.  I used to like Christmas. I already talked about this a little bit in a previous week's Working On Us post.  For most of my life, I was a Christmas girl (albeit of the atheist variety).  It was a time for food, family, decorations, and more… Continue reading A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

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Mental health

Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right?  But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. The symptoms of depression are (must have one of… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?

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Mental health

Decreased Positive Affect & Increased Negative Affect

Last week I was reading a post on Revenge of Eve about her weekly happy list challenge.  The challenge for the week was to identify routines that bring you joy.  I adore Candace and normally participate in her challenges and such things, but this one just wasn't doing it for me, and that got me thinking.… Continue reading Decreased Positive Affect & Increased Negative Affect

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Mental health

Depression giveth and depression taketh away: Anhedonia and apathy in depression

There have been a lot of horrific events in the news lately.  As I saw these events on the news, I knew cognitively how terrible they were, but on an emotional level, I just felt nothing.  I am not a cruel, heartless sort of person, but I still felt nothing.