Mental health

Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine.  I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.  I've always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary.  I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn't a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs,… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

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Mental health

If It’s Not in Front of Me Then It Doesn’t Exist

Image by hibphotography from Pixabay I'm not sure why searching for "blind" on Pixabay turned up this leaping llama, but he is spectacular, so llama it is. I used to have a decent memory.  I used to be good at handling multiple pieces of information and task-switching. Depression put the kibosh on that. Now, I have a really… Continue reading If It’s Not in Front of Me Then It Doesn’t Exist

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Book reviews

Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future is written by Ryder Carroll, who is the founder of the Bullet Journal® (yes, it's trademarked) and the website bulletjournal.com. Before reading this book, I was vaguely aware that there was an official bullet journal website, but what I learned about bullet journalling came… Continue reading Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method

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Should your stuff spark joy?

Japanese organizational guru Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm with her KonMari™ method for tidying.  She's got a show on Netflix called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and she has published four books.  You can even become a consultant trained in the Konmari method. She has some good ideas around organizing and tidying, and… Continue reading Should your stuff spark joy?

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Mental health

Getting things done

The last several days my brain has felt like it has the approximate cognitive power of a bowl of Jello.  I try to read, and it's more like a hazy skim.  Decision-making seems like a foreign concept. It's fascinating, though, how my natural tendency to be uber-organized can kick in and compensate for the deficits… Continue reading Getting things done

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Mental health

Savoring the small victories

I have always been a big fan of lists, especially when it comes to grocery shopping.  When I'm depressed, lists tend to move from a preference to a necessity in order to compensate for the decline in my memory and concentration.  When things are really bad I even try to organize my shopping list into… Continue reading Savoring the small victories

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Mental health

Mashed potato brains and other adventures 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".