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Use Positive Language to Describe Your Depression Diagnosis

Use Positive Language to Describe Your Depression Diagnosis

I love language. I believe the words we choose shape our minds and our world. This is why I choose to say, “I have depression” instead of saying, “I’m depressed.” My depression diagnosis is a part of me, but it isn’t all of me. Using positive language to describe my illness helps me manage my illness.

At times, I definitely feel like I am a walking pit of doom and gloom. I feel so depressed that I literally can’t believe I’ll ever feel anything good ever again. I wonder, why live when I feel like dying? No feeling ever lasts forever, though. If I wait it out, usually a friend will text me or I’ll see a new recipe I want to try. The world reminds me that there is more to me than my depression.

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My Depression Diagnosis: Childhood and Teen Depression

My Depression Diagnosis: Childhood and Teen Depression

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt sad and defective. So when did I realize that I needed help? I didn’t always know I had depression. I actually didn’t have a clue what it was until after my doctor gave me my depression diagnosis.

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The Catalyst to My First Bout of Depression

The Catalyst to My First Bout of Depression

The catalyst to my first bout of depression was almost thirteen years ago. That’s when the official depression diagnosis was, anyway. That’s not to say that I wasn’t depressed before that. If I was, I didn’t know I was. But that date marked the beginning of my journey to getting treatment for my depression.

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Daylight Savings Time vs Seasonal Affective Disorder

Daylight Savings Time vs Seasonal Affective Disorder

We’ve just turned our clocks back marking the end of daylight savings time. While the nights will be darker sooner, the mornings will be brighter. For a short while. The truth is, with the end of DST comes the season for Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression).

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Why A Correct Depression Diagnosis Is Important

Why A Correct Depression Diagnosis Is Important

There comes a time in your life when you just have to say, “ENOUGH!” There IS something wrong with me. Life isn’t meant to be this dismal… is it?

Perpetual sadness, prolonged fatigue, joint pain, headaches, muscle ache, lack of motivation, lack of decision-making ability, lack of focus, indifference, being antisocial, moody, emotional, guilty, having low self-worth, thoughts of suicide, planning suicide… all symptoms of depression.

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Mental Illness, Depression is Hereditary

Mental Illness, Depression is Hereditary

Parents want the best for their children. So, it’s a sad and guilt-ridden moment indeed, when you realize that you have passed mental illness on to one or more of your children.

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That First Depression Diagnosis — A Blessing and a Curse

That First Depression Diagnosis — A Blessing and a Curse

Depression, and mental illness in general, has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years. The internet and social media abound with knowledge and support for the myriad disorders from which we suffer.

The same could not be said twelve years ago when I received my first official diagnosis for my depression.

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Do I Have Bipolar Depression or Unipolar Depression?

Do I Have Bipolar Depression or Unipolar Depression?

Despite my own depression and experiences with anxiety and panic over the years, my knowledge of bipolar disorder was very limited. I knew about bipolar disorder and knew about the mood severities associated with it. But, it wasn’t until two years ago, when Catherine Zeta-Jones came out to the public about her battle with bipolar 2 that I even knew there was a bipolar TWO.

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Teenage Depression: If We Caught Depression Early

Teenage Depression: If We Caught Depression Early

If the signs and symptoms of depression were detected early in a young person’s life, would it make a difference? (Symptoms of depression in teens and children)

Teenage Depression or Normal Teenage Behavior?

I was a moody teen… is there any other kind of teen? The sudden outbursts, melancholy and disinterest in teenagers is often attributed to or described as bad-tempered, sulky, hormonal, bitchy, dramatic. The list is endless. Regardless of gender, each teenager must survive his/her own brand of pubescent purgatory.

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What’s Not True About Depression

What’s Not True About Depression

There are lots of myths about depression that not only bring shame to people living with this serious mental health condition, but it prevents those who may need it most from getting the depression treatment they need. Here are just a few depression myths.

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