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Blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression

This is week #6 of the Working On Us mental health prompts over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Have a look at her post for the guidelines on how to participate.  This week's topic is depression. Prompt #1 Questions: There are so many varieties of depression out there, such as Bipolar Depression, and (SAD) Seasonal Affective… Continue reading Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Juan (The Dark Tales Project)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Juan of The… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Juan (The Dark Tales Project)

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Blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us – Mental Illness Diagnosis

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 Illness Diagnosis

Book cover: Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression by Jack Trelance
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Getting By

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

book cover: Dealing with Depression by Jan Marsh
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh.  It offers strategies that can be used either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy.  The book incorporates concepts from several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion-focused… Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression

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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

Book cover: How to be miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J Paterson
Book reviews

Book review: How To Be Miserable

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

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What is... psychology series

What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is melancholic depression (melancholia). The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system.  In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as a disease with various mental… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

Book cover: Be There For Me by Faith Trent
Book reviews

Book Review: Be There For Me

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

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Mental health, Suicide

Up Close & Personal Thoughts About Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 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… Continue reading Up Close & Personal Thoughts About Suicide