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Comparing Ourselves to Others Usually Worsens Depression

Comparing Ourselves to Others Usually Worsens Depression

Comparing ourselves to others only worsens depression. Learn why comparing ourselves to others is dangerous when we're depressed and find out how to quiet those negative voices here at HealthyPlace.

Comparing ourselves to others worsens depression. When I do it, it adds fuel to my negative thoughts and the descent starts there. I have discovered some ways to keep the comparison beast from taking over my mind and my life and therefore worsening my depression.

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Don’t Say Things that Make Depression Worse for a Loved One

Don’t Say Things that Make Depression Worse for a Loved One

You might say things that make depression worse, even if you have the best of intentions. Don't be hurtful or insensitive. Visit HealthyPlace to learn what not to say to someone who is depressed.

Many times people say things that make depression worse. These things they say are hurtful or seem insensitive to those of us with depression. Whether intentional or not, it still stings and can even lead us to a major depressive episode. There are still many misconceptions about depression, and one of the reasons I write is so that I can help people learn about and better understand depression and what it really is. One way to do this is by offering suggestions of what to say to someone with depression, which I wrote about in my previous post. Another is to let people know what things they should not say to people who have depression.

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Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

When we practice self-love, we shorten the struggle with depression. Read this for simple ways to practice self-love on even the most difficult depression days.

Depression makes it difficult to practice self-love, particularly on the darkest of days. When a seemingly simple activity such as getting out of bed is overwhelming, it is hard to think about practicing self-love; however, by doing small things to show ourselves love, nourishing our minds and bodies can be done.

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What to Say to Someone with Depression

What to Say to Someone with Depression

Wondering what to say to someone with depression? Here are a few things someone with depression would like to hear. Take a look.

Sometimes people don’t know what to say to someone with depression. Those of us with depression typically have family and friends who want to encourage us; however, all too often we find that even well-meaning people end up saying the very things we don’t need to hear. When this happens, it can leave both the person who spoke the words and the person to whom they were spoken feeling quite discouraged and possibly angry or upset. While I’d like it if all people could somehow know what to say to someone with depression, that’s not realistic. Instead, we need to give them suggestions and guidelines. I’ve come up with some things that I would like to hear as someone with depression.

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What I’ve Learned in Life Since My Suicide Attempt

What I’ve Learned in Life Since My Suicide Attempt

What I've learned in life over the past year since my suicide attempt helps me face major depressive disorder daily. They'll help you deal with depression, too.

What I’ve learned in life since my suicide attempt almost a year ago, has helped me make a great deal of progress in my depression journey. While major depressive disorder is still a daily battle I face, I now have new weapons in my arsenal which I can use in the war. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about life this year, and how this knowledge has made me stronger.

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Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Anything that can make facing holidays with depression easier is a blessing. Read 8 tips to help you face the holidays when depression relapse is a concern.

If you’re facing depression during the holidays, this is an especially trying time. You’re already dealing with so much, and then you need to add in the shopping, decorating, and time spent being social. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead so that I can be at my best to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Keep reading to discover eight tips for facing depression during the holidays.

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Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Negative thoughts and self-talk commonly plague those with depression and they will keep you depressed. Use positive truths to manage them. Here's how.

Negative thoughts and self-talk are the most frequent symptoms of depression I’ve experienced. Sometimes, it would take one seemingly small comment or event to propel me back down into the despair of an endless cycle of negative thoughts and self-talk from which it could take weeks or sometimes even months to fully recover. I got so tired of other people, situations, and depression having that kind of power over me. I asked my therapist for some depression coping skills and tools that would allow me to be better equipped to fight this battle. And they’re working.

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Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping friends when you have depression is difficult because symptoms get in the way. Keeping friends is easier when you only keep the good ones.

Keeping friends when you have depression can be difficult. Often those of us with depression exert a great deal of energy in simply accomplishing daily tasks, practicing self-care, and caring for our families. It can feel like maintaining friendships is the last thing we have time for; however, keeping friends when you have depression is an important part of learning to cope.

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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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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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