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Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

This post is by Kellie of Kellie's Journey. My Journey Hello my name is Kellie and I am 38 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 20 years but only got diagnosed 2 and a half years ago. I have seen counsellors and have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journals, and anything… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

An anhedonia aha moment - graphic of a brain as lightbulb
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An Anhedonia Aha Moment – Motivation & Depression

Recently, I had a bit of an aha moment while commenting on a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, making a connection related to anhedonia that had never crossed my mind before. She was talking about the idea that motivation follows activation. Earlier in the course of my illness, I figured it was worth… Continue reading An Anhedonia Aha Moment – Motivation & Depression

The biology of psychomotor retardation in depression - graphic of a brain
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The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

While psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement and thoughts) has long been recognized as a symptom of depression, I think it's probably not on the average person's radar when they think about depression. The biology of psychomotor retardation is also poorly understood. What psychomotor retardation is Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is most often associated with the melancholic… Continue reading The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Compensating for depression brain - organization strategies to use
MH@H Depression

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, depression… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis
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How Depression Affects Movement

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects. There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis. These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of depression.… Continue reading How Depression Affects Movement

Depressed without the depressed part - graphic of blue person standing under raincloud
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Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right? But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?

What is... psychomotor retardation in depression
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is psychomotor retardation. Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is one of the less common but more outwardly observable symptoms of depression. It's one of the DSM-5's symptom criteria in a major depressive episode, which can occur in the context of major… Continue reading What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

Depression and emotions: decreased positive affect and increased negative affect
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Depression & Emotions: Positive & Negative Affect

Last week I was reading another blogger's post about her weekly happy list challenge. The challenge for the week was to identify routines that bring you joy, which just wasn't doing anything for me. That got me thinking—when was the last time I felt joy or happiness? Honestly, it's been around 3 years – before… Continue reading Depression & Emotions: Positive & Negative Affect

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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 and… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

A heart of ice; apathy and depression - graphic of a heart encased in ice
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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, the Humboldt Broncos, 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… Continue reading A Heart of Ice – Apathy and Depression