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Understanding Depression Symptoms: Help Your Loved Ones to Grasp Your Struggle


Depression can feel like such a lonely struggle. Not everyone has struggled with depression. Sometimes, we have to help our loved ones with understanding depression symptoms This is true even if you are surrounded by people who care deeply about you. It’s because your family and friends may fail in understanding your depression symptoms and the effects that they can have. That's not necessarily your loved ones’ fault. Rather, they just don’t have the perspective you do when it comes to depression. They might see you and think, “He/She is perfectly fine! What’s the problem?” If you want to help loved [...]

Understanding Depression Symptoms: Help Your Loved Ones to Grasp Your Struggle2019-10-28T00:21:20+00:00

Alternative Depression Therapy


"I need alternative depression therapy. I couldn't find my happiness, peace of mind or joy at the bottom of my pill bottle!". Sound familiar?  Said as a wisecrack, this a quote that has stuck with me for a few years now. One of my former depression therapy clients, Susanna (not her real name) said it to me in our first phone call. As we talked more, she went on to share details with me that showed me that her use of these drugs had not been without steep cost to her. Susanna told me about how she had suffered with a [...]

Alternative Depression Therapy2019-10-21T03:58:33+00:00

Battling Severe Depression: Is It Possible to Triumph Over the Darkness?


When you’re battling severe depression, it can be a long road towards recovering. You feel so alone and that nobody can possibly understand what you’re going through. It's like walking down a long, dark road by yourself. And the obstacles that you must face on this journey can be overwhelming. It’s not just the depression. There’s also shame and guilt, and even substance abuse issues, as you try to numb the pain caused by your severe depression through drugs or alcohol. Plus, the relationships you once treasured may now lie in ruins. Is there any hope at all? Is it possible [...]

Battling Severe Depression: Is It Possible to Triumph Over the Darkness?2019-09-09T04:48:53+00:00

Don’t Want To Overcome Depression? Here’s How Not To!


There are steps you can take to overcome depression and steps you can take which will keep you stuck. A How- To Article on How Not to Overcome Depression? Why would I do that? It feels awful to be depressed. Why wouldn't I write about how depression feels awful and what you can do to feel relief?  Well the reason I decided to write this is because sometimes it's very helpful to know that you are doing that is keeping you depressed. It's important to understand the steps you take to get and stay depressed, and sometimes we can see ourselves [...]

Don’t Want To Overcome Depression? Here’s How Not To!2019-08-20T03:07:16+00:00

Why Depression and Feeling Worthless Are So Closely Linked


The problem with depression isn’t just that you are feeling down or sad. It's that depression has the power to affect how you perceive yourself.  Depression and feeling worthless often go hand in hand. Depression changes your outlook. It alters how you interact with the world, and can actually cause you to redefine who you are as a person. This altered outlook is no longer based on uplifting beliefs about yourself, but around feeling such as powerlessness, shame, and hopelessness. And that creates a link between depression and low self-worth. It's the root sense of powerlessness and shame which impacts many [...]

Why Depression and Feeling Worthless Are So Closely Linked2019-08-13T03:20:39+00:00

7 Often Overlooked Signs of Depression


You’ve read enough blog posts and articles to know the common symptoms of depression. For instance, there’s the person that feels sad all the time. Or the one who has trouble feeling motivated to do the things they used to really enjoy. However, there are many overlooked signs of depression that are connected with the condition. Why do they get overlooked? Because these depression symptoms can get confused for other problems. Consider seven signs of depression that are often overlooked. 1. Difficulty Making Decisions Indecisiveness is one of the overlooked signs of depression that could be present. Even making basic decisions, [...]

7 Often Overlooked Signs of Depression2019-05-06T02:15:45+00:00

When Depression Hits- Here Is What You Can Do


When depression hits, it can hit hard. It might arrive suddenly out of the blue, or it can slowly sneak up on you over days or weeks. One day you are feeling o.k., and then you notice that your mood has slipped. You might find yourself with: Low motivation Irritability Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or hopelessness Sleep problems Poor concentration What should you do if you start to realize that you are feeling depressed? Here are some practical tips. I hope they help you feel better. :)   When Depression Hits, Focus First On Actions and Behaviors Depression saps motivation. For example, [...]

When Depression Hits- Here Is What You Can Do2019-04-28T01:09:26+00:00

The Devastating Effects of Depression on Relationships: 5 Key Issues


The sadness and despair of depression can weigh on you like a heavy coat. In fact, your depression keeps you smothered. Yet, it can also act as a barrier toward others, and thus, have a tremendously devastating impact on your relationships. The hard part is that it’s difficult to connect the dots between how your depression impacts others in your life. This means that, most likely, your depression is damaging your relationships even more than you realize. While it may be a hard thing to face, part of getting the help you need is first understanding the effects of depression on [...]

The Devastating Effects of Depression on Relationships: 5 Key Issues2019-04-21T19:18:12+00:00

5 Signs It’s Time to Consider Getting Therapy for Depression


You know it’s time to do something. In fact, you’ve felt this way for a while. Yet, there was always something holding you back. However, now the signs of depression are clear and you realize you need professional help. Acknowledging that you need therapy for depression isn’t easy. It means admitting that things have gotten out of hand. Nobody likes the thought of that idea. In fact, they would rather bury themselves in denial as depression continues to wreak havoc on their lives. But that would be the true mistake. Being willing to get depression help is a sign of strength. If you’re still on [...]

5 Signs It’s Time to Consider Getting Therapy for Depression2019-04-13T04:34:22+00:00

Natural Treatments For Depression


Do Natural Treatments For Depression Exist? Yes Indeed! Are you struggling with depression? Turn on your T.V. You probably won't have to wait for more than a few moments before the next ad for a psychiatric drug appears. But if you are one of the many who worry about the risks of taking these drugs, you are not alone. Many people are wary of anti depressant drugs and would feel safer taking a more natural approach. Why are patients scared of taking anti depressant drugs? Some want to avoid the increased risk of depression relapse that is associated with anti depressant [...]

Natural Treatments For Depression2019-04-11T05:24:52+00:00