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Depression Self-Care in Relationships Requires Communication

Depression Self-Care in Relationships Requires Communication

Relationships require communication around depression self-care. I have to remind myself constantly that my depression self-care and mental health goals are mine, and mine alone. I do not share the same goals as others with similar brains, and I should not expect others to have the same goals. One of my uncles told me recently that, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” Applying that idea to the intimate relationship I maintain with my partner, I realize that I have a lot of expectations regarding depression self-care and mental health, and that I need to communicate my depression self-care needs appropriately in order to successfully care for myself and maintain a healthy relationship.

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Depression and Setting Emotional Boundaries

Depression and Setting Emotional Boundaries

Depression can make it difficult to set emotional boundaries with people in your life. Many people I’ve met who suffer from depression, including myself, suffer from difficulties being assertive enough to look after their own emotional wellbeing but setting emotional boundaries is important in depression.

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Distress Tolerance Is Important for Depression

Distress Tolerance Is Important for Depression

Distress tolerance is important for depression sufferers and depression caregivers. These skills can be vital in showing a depressed person that they are accepted even when they are suffering. Here’s why distress tolerance is important for depression and why we need distress tolerance skills.

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Tips to Beat Depression This Winter

Tips to Beat Depression This Winter

I’m scared for this winter. It’s not simply the vicious cold and the almost daily dump of snow that I’m dreading, but the annual worsening of my depression. While I haven’t been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, I know that winter affects my depression symptoms.

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Talk About Your Feelings When You’re Depressed

Talk About Your Feelings When You’re Depressed

In childhood I really believed the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

I learned to smile all the time so that people liked me. I rarely ever complained, since I knew that so many people in the world had things in their lives far worse than I could imagine. It’s no wonder that my family and friends only learned about my depression symptoms and feelings when I became actively suicidal.

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Laughter–the Unsung Hero for Alleviating Depression

Laughter–the Unsung Hero for Alleviating Depression

When you're depressed, it can seem impossible to laugh but when you suffer from depression, laughter can help alleviate your symptoms.

While there seems to be no definitive, medical evidence that links laughter with improved serotonin levels (the lack of which is said to play an integral part in depression), laughter is definitely the unsung hero when it comes to alleviating depression symptoms.

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I Am Scared – But I Talk About Depression Anyway

I Am Scared – But I Talk About Depression Anyway

Talking about depression can be scary. It was… is… scary for me, too. But I did it anyway. We all must talking about our depression, for ourselves, for our children, and for our children’s children.

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The Face of Depression Doesn’t Discriminate

The Face of Depression Doesn’t Discriminate

The face of depression is a happy one. The face of depression is sad … it’s shocked, it’s delighted, it’s a confused face. The face of depression is a surprised face … it’s angry, dauntless, it’s a grumpy face. The face of depression is that of your friend, your neighbor, your spouse. It is the face of your child’s teacher, your hairdresser, your priest … your son, your daughter, your boss, your employer. The face of depression looks like the everyday face and it is everywhere, you just may not know it.

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Support System for Your Depression

Support System for Your Depression

A support system is defined as a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support. Along with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and medication (if prescribed), a strong support system is key to coping with depression.

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Group Therapy for Depression – Help or Hindrance?

Group Therapy for Depression – Help or Hindrance?

There are many depression-management techniques available; antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exercise and a proper diet, relaxation and general wellness treatments (eg. massage therapy, hypnosis, meditation, aromatherapy, etc.), and so on. Among these therapy techniques is group therapy. But… group therapy for depression? Is it a help or a hindrance?

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