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My Last Post With the ‘Coping With Depression’ Blog

My Last Post With the ‘Coping With Depression’ Blog

After just over a year of blogging for HealthyPlace, it’s time for me to move on from co-writing Coping With Depression. I’ve written dozens of blog posts, spoken on the HealthyPlace YouTube channel, and had hundreds of conversations with you. With each post I’ve written, I’ve grown as a writer and survivor of depression.

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Steps to Self-Care for Depression

Steps to Self-Care for Depression

Self-care is a term widely used in recovery from depression, but it’s rarely defined by the health care professionals who recommend it for relief of depression symptoms. Over the years, I’ve learned what kind of depression self-care works for me. Here are some examples that will help you find your own steps to self-care for depression.

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Make Your Own Luck to Defeat Depression-Related Anxiety

Make Your Own Luck to Defeat Depression-Related Anxiety

My depression goes hand-in-hand with anxiety, which leaves me feeling paralyzed with fear. For years I hid from life, until I started using my feelings of anxiety and the hopelessness of depression to convince me that I had nothing else to lose. I learned to make my own luck to defeat depression-related anxiety.

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Using Metaphor to Describe the Pain of Depression

Using Metaphor to Describe the Pain of Depression

Metaphors can describe the pain of depression better than stating the symptoms can. Read this depression metaphor and share your own depression metaphor here.

I am having one of those days where my depression is so impenetrable that I can’t believe I’m able to sit upright. It feels like the force of my traumatic past is colliding with a bleak future that promises nothing but the same amount of pain. Yet here I am, sitting at my laptop, writing. How is this possible?

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Depression and Lack of Appetite Affects More Than You Think

Depression and Lack of Appetite Affects More Than You Think

A common symptom of depression is a lack of appetite but appetite affects more than just hunger. Click to learn how depression's lack of appetite affects you.

One of the most common symptoms of depression is a change in appetite. People who have depression either lose their appetite and eat less than they did before, or else their appetite increases and they eat more than they did before their depression started (Depression Symptoms: What Are Symptoms of Depression?). For me, my appetite has lessened but it’s affected me a lot more than a simple reduction of hunger pangs. Depression and lack of appetite can be distressing.

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Celebrating My Birthday with Depression

Celebrating My Birthday with Depression

It’s exceptionally hard to celebrate when you have depression. I just turned 30 this week and I’m proud to have survived my birthday because I was so scared up until its arrival. As it turned out, it was easier than ever for me to celebrate my birthday this year because I figured out the secret to surviving my birthday (or any holiday) with depression.

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Fight Depression By Setting Reachable Goals

Fight Depression By Setting Reachable Goals

My depression is making me feel pretty numb about New Year’s. I actually went to bed at 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, an hour before my usual bedtime. When hundreds of thousands of households partied and cheered to welcome 2015, when the clock struck 12:00 a.m., I was sound asleep.

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Surviving the Holidays With Depression

Surviving the Holidays With Depression

Depression makes the holiday season especially difficult, especially when there’s so much pressure to be happy. Cheesy music blasts through store speakers, telling us that it’s the “most wonderful time of the year” when depression rarely takes a day off, no matter what the calendar says.

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Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression

Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression

In the past year I’ve met a few people who have very strong views about antidepressants, mostly with the opinion that they are unnecessary for treating depression effectively. It’s easy to start to believe this, as long as I’m on my medication and am feeling positive. I’ve just had three days without one of my antidepressants, however, and I never want to go off it again.

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Self-Direct Your Depression Treatments

Self-Direct Your Depression Treatments

A few years ago I attended an information session on depression and heard one of the greatest pieces of advice about depression treatment I’ve ever heard. The therapist said, “No single person or treatment is going to help you get better. It takes a variety of treatments to get you better.”

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