Cross Post: Loving Me Sadly - Depression

“As tough as it is, depression can be dealt with in a paradoxical way. See it as a visitor, perhaps an unwelcome one, but one who is visiting whether you like it or not. Make a place for your guest. Invite your depression to pull up a chair with you in front of the fire, and sit with it, without looking for a way to escape.” -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler from On Grief and Grieving...more
 @FatCat Thank you very much for your kind words. :)more

An Unspoken Letter

 Some nights, the roller coaster I’m on feels more like a skydive.Nothing to hold.No reverse button.No warning.It’s nights like this I find it so hard to articulate how I feel. Because how do you string a thousand conflicting emotions into a sentence?...more

WHY AM I "CUTTING MYSELF" ?

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Brain training helps depression

I love listening to the BBC. They run such interesting pieces on their radio shows!This piece comes from the BBC's website:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18358930It's about how brain training helps treat depression. First, it's important to note that there are lots of different kinds of brain training.There's cognitive skills training, a science-based program that uses one-on-one intensive in-person training to physically change your brain.There's also digital brain training, which uses computer programs....more

Negativity (Pt 1)

'' 'Our lives will capsize as well, if what lies below the spiritual water line of our lives doesn't outweigh what lies above'.... No matter how good we may look on the surface, no matter how balanced we may seem, it's what lies below that really counts.'' ...more

Suicide- The Aftermath

At the height of a recent bout with depression, I attended a memorial service for a beautiful young man who had committed suicide. I’d never met him, but had seen his photographs on missing person posters shown on the local news and online. I attended out of respect for one of his relatives I am friends with....more
You captured the openness of grief so well.  I can easily see how it could be a very profound ...more

The Dark Side of Blogging

Bipolar is a serious condition. It is difficult to suffer from...especially undiagnosed which I was until 2010. Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mood disorder that causes radical emotional changes and mood swings, from manic, restless highs to depressive, listless lows. Most bipolar individuals experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. ...more

Can I be friends with my therapist?

I recently dropped out of therapy. It wasn't how it sounds. I didn't just decide one day that I was above spilling my problems and decide to withdraw. It followed a logical progression.I was in therapy due to routine enrollment when I used a state-run facility to continue my post-baby anti-depressants. I knew the medication helped me and I was terrified of discontinuing it, and since I found myself without medical coverage about a year after my daughter's birth, the income-based state program was my best option....more

Hitting Rock Bottom

"Really, I should be dead," he said. Have you every heard the expression “he/she hit rock bottom?” This describes someone who, through various circumstances and/or poor choices, got to a point in life where there was nowhere left to go; they simply hit rock bottom. Long equated with stories of depression or addiction it can serve to remind us of just how far we can drop and amazingly just how incredibly resilient we can be....more

Finding the Peace in my Past, Present and Future

A good friend of mine posted this quote on her Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago and I have been thinking about it since:If you are depressed you are living in the past.If you are anxious you are living in the future.If you are at peace you are living in the present.Lao Tzu~ Ancient Chinese philosopher and author of the spiritual text, Tao Te Cheng....more
@BlogHerMoms Thank you for the RT. :-)more