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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

Decision time – Christmas and depression

Recently my grandma was asking me what I was planning on doing for Christmas, and it made me shudder inwardly.  Of course it didn't help that her short-term memory is awful and she kept asking the same question over and over.  It's not something I have any desire to think about, but I suppose I… Continue reading Decision time – Christmas and depression

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Mental health

A heart of ice – Apathy and Depression

A few nights ago, there was an accident in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan involving a bus carrying members of a junior hockey team and their coaches.  Fifteen people died, with the majority of them between the ages of 18-20.  This tragedy has dominated the news since then. And I can't seem to make myself… Continue reading A heart of ice – Apathy and Depression

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Mental health

Adjusting Expectations Because of Depression

I have a volunteer gig with a local community services agency doing presentations to high school students on suicide awareness.  There's a pretty standardized format for these workshops, and they are usually done for various grade 9 classes a few times a semester.  I started doing this about a year ago to try to give… Continue reading Adjusting Expectations Because of Depression

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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.