Do You Have Angry Depression?

The Day I Didn't Get Out of BedOne morning this summer when I didn't get out of bed, I was at the end of my emotional rope.What I'm about to share is with zero pride, but it's part of the story....more

Antidepressants - day 1

So, I've been struggling with one major life altering issue after another since July, and finally hit my breaking point after being fired from a job that would have changed mine and my daughter's life financially. I've found it difficult to hold myself together, and be strong enough to help her cope with the changes that have also severely effected her, and finally buckled, and agreed to go on antidepressants for a while (something I've always been afraid to do, and never really needed before)....more
So far, even though I took it with food as recommended, I feel nauseas and incredibly ...more

Remission and Residual Symptoms of Depression: How much of depression can be treated?

I think it was only about a decade or two ago, the prevailing idea for depression treatment was to put someone on medication for 9 months then stop.   But then, people realized that ...more

We're All Fighting a Battle, So Let's Be Nicer to Each Other

“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” I’ve often heard this quote by Plato (or some variation of it) for years. Here’s the thing, though; I’ve never really put much thought into its meaning or relevance. I mean, I understood it you can’t necessarily tell what struggles someone may be facing in their lives just by looking at them, and so you should probably refrain from being a total asshole to the people you encounter on a daily basis. ...more
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Medications Side Effects and Finding the Right One

Every TV commercial for a medication comes with a drone of possible side effects. Some people will think, ‘why bother taking something that can make you ill?’ and turn to ‘natural’ remedies. ...more

An Inside Look Into An Anxiety Attack

Has anyone ever bullied you? Have you have got into a fight before? Has anyone ever hurt your feelings? Sure you have. It really sucks and it hurts a lot. But, how we deal with it is where you and I become different....more

Neuroplasticity - How much can you change your brain?

Have you heard of the word ‘neuroplasticity’? It used to be believed that once the brain develops in childhood, you maintain that same brain (thought process, etc) for the rest of your life without much change. Now it’s believed that the brain can be changed, grow new brain cells even after you grow up.  ...more

Brain Fog - Afterwards Clarity and a Clean Kitchen

After starting treated for depression, I started noticing when I am depressed. Until then, I had pretty much no insight. Although I can’t change the depressive episodes that much, at least I can warn my husband that ‘I’m not doing good’ if I know. Then he won’t have to tip-toe around me, not knowing what is wrong (he may even interpret my mood as a manifestation of something he did wrong. He’s that kind of a husband). Also, I can be a little easy on myself. ...more

Hanging out with grandma

My son loves spending time with his grandparents. Specifically, he likes spending time with his grandparents when I am not around. And I can respect that: He has a special relationship with them and doesn't need me around to develop it. And that works out well for all of us. His grandparents can set their own rules and spoil him to their hearts' content, and my son can enjoy the love and attention from another group of people....more
I loved my maternal grandmother. She was awesome. I wish I could have spent more time with her ...more

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Depression

If you are here, you might be thinking you have depression or maybe you know you have depression and you don't know how to bring it up to your doctor. Maybe you've talked to your family and you have decided it is time to talk to your doctor, but you don't really know where to start. I'll tell you about my experience and give you a few tips on how to talk to your doctor about depression. ...more