Beckie from Beckie's Mental Mess is starting a new weekly mental health prompt called Working On Us. You can visit Beckie's post to get all of the details plus the picture prompt for this week. I'm going to do the written prompt: When you first found out that you had a mental illness/disorder, what was … Continue reading Working On Us (mental health prompt)
Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression is a memoir by Jack Trelance. The author has lived with depression since his teens, and admits to planning his first suicide attempt at age 14. He describes his first suicide attempt at age 25, and afterwards he didn't feel sadness but rather "a slow-burning anger and frustration, coupled with resigned, … Continue reading Book Review: Getting By
Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh. It offers strategies to be used either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy. Ideas from several therapeutic approaches are incorporated, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion focused therapy. … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression
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 simply task has become a bit more of a production with mental illness tagging along. The grocery store is a 10 minutes walk from where I live. … Continue reading Mental illness goes grocery shopping
How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by psychologist Randy J. Paterson challenges us to make our lives more miserable than the already are. The sneaky bit? He'll make us realize that we're already doing a lot of those things inadvertently. The book is broken down into 40 lessons, which are divided into … Continue reading Book review: How To Be Miserable
In case you missed my psych meds 101 series, here's the post on antidepressants. via Psych meds 101: Antidepressants
Faith Trent explains that she wrote Be There For Me: An Insight Into My Journey With Depression to "1. Show sufferers they are not alone. 2. Provide advice and guidance for those trying to support a sufferer. 3. Try to remove some stigma around depression." At the time of writing she was in the midst of … Continue reading Book review: Be There For Me
Content warning: This post openly discusses suicide and suicide attempts You can find info here on where to reach out for help if you're in crisis. It's suicide prevention week, so it seems like an appropriate time to talk about suicide in all its ugliness. I have attempted suicide multiple times; most were associated … Continue reading Some thoughts on suicide
Wouldn't it be nice if the treatment of depression was simple? Unfortunately, there's nothing simple about depression treatment in the real world Treatment resistant depression (TRD) refers to illness that hasn't respond to trials of adequate duration and dosage of at least two antidepressants. The STAR*D research study found that only about 1/3 of people … Continue reading Treatment resistant depression: When what’s supposed to work doesn’t
The Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial studied 2876 people with major depressive disorder to evaluate their response to depression treatment in a real-world setting. Unlike the randomized controlled trials that are often used to evaluate a drug's efficacy, there were few exclusion criteria, the patient and their physician knew which drug they … Continue reading What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment
This post breaks down what I take to manage my depression - it's a long list, but it's a tough illness.
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A look at how antidepressants work