Under The Skin: My experience with dermatillomania

When we talk about depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, we often mention signs and symptoms such as low mood, decreased appetite, withdrawal from social situations and fatigue. Aside from the more well-recognised side effects of mental illness, there are plenty of related conditions that are rarely mentioned. Mental health is a complex thing, and one persons depression will be very different from the next person. Each of us sufferers has their own brand of issues, symptoms and comorbidities....more

3 Ways to Help an Anxious or Depressed Spouse

 Ever since my husband and I became friends, I knew that he wanted to become a pharmacist. It seems as though so much of our life together has focused on that one goal. We've only been married for four years, but that's still quite some time to put towards one goal....more

"Just Cheer Up"--and other things someone who's depressed doesn't need to hear

 I've lived in its shadow my entire life. The Biblical King David seems to have knows its grip. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was overcome by it. And someone in your life—you, your friend, your sister, your job-share partner, that woman in line at the grocery store—is battling the depression demon right this minute.How can you support this person, especially if depression isn’t one of your issues? For starters, it will help a lot if you don’t say the following:...more

Living with Anxiety

Hi, my name is Ashley and I have anxiety.I have had this post on my mind for a long time, it is just hard to open myself up so much to some of the readers of this blog. My hope is that I can help even one person deal with this disease. I do believe it is a disease, and it is not an easy fix. I will share some of what has worked for me, and what hasn’t. Everyone is different, and what worked for me may not work for you. Please know going into this that I do support taking medication for anxiety and depression....more

This is not how it was supposed to be

For 6 years, 6 long, long years, I fought and cried and suppressed my own needs and wants, and died a little inside every time I failed to make us happy. Thinking it was me that had the problem; I was selfish and a bitch.  After all, I wanted this. I actively sought out someone to make a life with, make a family with. ...more

Functioning with Depression

Sometimes when I feel vaguely under the weather, I don't really connect all the random "not-quite-right" feelings into one, "Oh, I'm sick!" revelation right away. "Why am I so tired?" I wonder. "I feel thirstier than usual. What's with that?" "I'm kind of cold." And then someone mentions a virus going around, or another member of my family comes down with something, and it'll click....more

Diabetes AND depression? Your risk for cognitive decline is higher than most

You may have read the diabetes and depression each increase your risk of cognitive decline, but what happens when you have both?A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle has found that people with comorbidity (i.e. the presence of two chronic diseases or disorders at once) have a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. The Danish study looked at data from 95,691 people who had depression and/or type 2 diabetes. They found: ...more

Today, Mommy is Sad

Son,I know you are confused right now because Mommy has a wet face. You keep saying “boo boo” and kissing my knee, and I just sit here in the rocking chair cradling my stomach.Thank you for that little car, kiddo. It really does make my heart smile. It’s just that right now the smiles aren’t breaking through. And yes, I will take that blanket. Blankets really do make a difference, don’t they?...more
:-) im having one of these days...i feel like my husband doesnt get it and looks at me in ...more

Perfect Hair

I went to bed at 9:00 p.m. that night. Exhausted after a long week on the road. At 10:30 p.m. my phone rang and I ignored it. At 10:32 p.m. my phone rang again and I turned it off. At 11:00 p.m. I awoke to my husband gently shaking me and telling me I needed to get up. He’d been in another town visiting friends when he got the call. He made the two hour trip home to be sure that he was the one who broke the news. My mother had been institutionalized after an attempted suicide and would be held in the facility until someone came to claim her....more