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Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnosed with depression.I’m Jennifer Smith, and I’m thrilled to be writing for Coping with Depression at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with major depression in January 2017. This came as a result of a near suicide attempt which required inpatient psychiatric care. I had struggled with depressive episodes throughout my life, but this was a much more severe event. Up until this point, I had been adept at attributing my depression to simple moodiness or just being tired. I had adopted routines and methods of hiding my depression from others, and the result s of that nearly cost me my life. I am currently on medication and in therapy, and I am learning how to cope with my depression in healthy ways rather than ignore it.

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My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

Tiffanie Verbeke, author of the Coping with Depression blog, shares her final thoughts on feeling like a mental health fraud and achieving mental health.I published my first post for the Coping with Depression blog here at HealthyPlace a full year ago. Today, I publish my last. Since that first, scary click of the Publish button, I’ve read fresh takes on my coping ideas, and I’ve challenged myself to think of depression in new ways. My experience writing for the Coping with Depression blog has rocked my tiny, blue world. I’ve realized a couple of valuable things during my year with HealthyPlace.

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Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Some lifestyle changes will help you manage depression more than others. Moderation in all things is important, but start with these three. Check this out.Since making lifestyle changes for my depression, I find that moderation helped create a turning point for me in my ability to cope with my depression. Lifestyle changes that encourage moderation help me manage the ups and downs that depression throws at me. To moderate something is to make it less intense or extreme, which means that I try to balance my lifestyle in a way that averages out the good and bad bits of my experience. While everyone’s life requires different sorts of balance, there are a few things that lifestyles encouraging moderation for depression really should embrace.

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Seek Depression Counseling to Help You Cope

Seek Depression Counseling to Help You Cope

Counseling for depression helps you cope. Coping with depression is a constant effort, and sometimes depression counseling is exactly what you need. Learn why.Depression counseling is a useful tool for anyone living with depression. Mental health counselors typically give advice on how to cope with depression and other mental illnesses, which is helpful when you feel you’ve run out of ideas. I read articles and implement new depression coping mechanisms endlessly, but sometimes I cannot give myself the help I need. I’ve been in and out of counseling for ten years with a wide variety of counselors, and while I didn’t always like the counselor, the act of seeking professional counseling kept me on my toes as I managed my depression.

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Depression Makes Social Interaction Stressful

Depression Makes Social Interaction Stressful

Social interaction can be stressful, especially when depression is at its peak. Read about managing stressful social interactions while coping with depression.

Depression makes it stressful for me to manage social interactions. My depression distorts my view of myself and of others, causing me to misinterpret social interactions. For example, when my self-loathing is especially intense, I often interpret short, lazy conversations with friends as evidence that I am disliked and irritating. I disregard variables like poor timing and busy schedules and move forward in my day with the actual belief that friends I’ve had for years are just talking to me out of pity. In this way and others, my depression stresses my social interactions.

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Finding Purpose Helps You Cope with Depression

Finding Purpose Helps You Cope with Depression

Finding purpose can boost your ability to cope with depression, and finding purpose isn't as difficult as you think. Learn how you can cope with a purpose.

Finding purpose to help you cope with depression is powerful in that it pushes you to do something instead of sitting still, and utilizing purpose can help you realize your worth. I often feel purposeless and self-indulgent, working towards nothing specific and, instead, moving towards unclear goals (Accomplishing SMART Goals with Bipolar Disorder). So my most recent coping endeavor is figuring out how to cope with depression through purpose

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How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

Do you need to emotionally prepare for a funeral? It's a good idea to prepare, especially if you live with depression already. Here are ideas to help.Emotionally preparing for a funeral when you have depression seems next to impossible. The days I spent preparing for my grandfather’s funeral had me sick and my stomach filled with dread (Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief). My grandfather was my buddy, teaching me tons of things from how to drive to how to bake bread and his death hit me with a wave of memories and unprocessed emotions. Preparing to attend his funeral was daunting, especially with my depression at high intensity. I’ll share a couple things I learned to better help you prepare for a funeral when depressed.

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Depression Is Cliché, But Still a Legitimate Illness

Depression Is Cliché, But Still a Legitimate Illness

Depression is cliché, with its symptoms and stigmas consisting of unoriginal issues and language. Learn about how depression is valid despite it being cliché.

My experience with depression feels cliché, which means overused, lacking originality, or stereotypical. I’ve been increasingly frustrated by the dull redundancy of my depression and how irritatingly cliché depression generally seems, with the same old symptoms, assumptions, misunderstandings, and stigma struggles. I feel like I need to have new symptoms and fresh issues in order to maintain my depression’s validity. But the frustrating reality is that depression doesn’t just seem cliché, depression is cliché. There’s nothing original about it.

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Apathy in Depression Is Challenging, Not Permanent

Apathy in Depression Is Challenging, Not Permanent

Apathy in depression is the feeling of indifference towards yourself, your life, and those around you (What are the Symptoms of Depression?). Apathy in depression is uncomfortable and disappointing because it makes what you once cared about seem unimportant. My love of being active and working hard has been replaced with a black hole that sucks up my emotions and desires, making me a mess of I-don’t-cares and shoulder shrugs. I fear my apathy in depression and I resent the challenges that indifference creates.

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Create a Depression Routine So You Cope and Live Well

Create a Depression Routine So You Cope and Live Well

Depression doesn't follow a routine, so it's important that people with depression do. Establishing a depression routine is crucial. Read this to learn more.

Depression requires routine to successfully cope with the illness. Because depression is not routine, it is important and beneficial to establish patterns that structure the way you live in order to combat the surprises that depression can often throw your way. I’m finding that my depression affects me more the less I follow a routine. I am less capable of bouncing back from a bad brain day; I have less control over my rapidly shifting moods; I dismiss my basic needs (Depression Does Not Eliminate Your Basic Needs). I’ve learned the hard way that living well with depression requires routine.

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