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Depression

Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

Image by Michel Müller from Pixabay I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging, I created accounts on Pinterest and Twitter. I started a new Facebook account, but deleted that pretty quickly because I just don't like Facebook. Last… Continue reading Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

Mental health

Is High Functioning a Useful Descriptor for Mental Illness?

It's not uncommon to hear the term high functioning getting tossed around to describe people's mental health conditions.  But is it a term that's meaningful or useful? To clarify, I'm not referring to people describing their own level of functioning in a way that feels right for them.  I'm all for people using whatever language… Continue reading Is High Functioning a Useful Descriptor for Mental Illness?

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Mental health

Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

squirrel_photos on Pixabay Living alone, I have to do all my own grocery shopping.  It's been that way for years, so no big deal, right?  Well, what used to be a simple task has become a bit more of a production with mental illness tagging along.  It turns out grocery shopping with mental illness isn't… Continue reading Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

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Depression

Adjusting Expectations Because of Depression

Maximilian Weisbecker on Unsplash 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… Continue reading Adjusting Expectations Because of Depression

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Depression

Mashed Potato Brains in Depression

I have always found the cognitive symptoms of depression to be among the most disruptive to my overall functioning.  When I'm really unwell it feels like I can't think my way out of a paper bag.  I tend to describe the effect on my thinking as "mashed potato brains".