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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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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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Avoid Disablist Language in Mental Health Discussions

Avoid Disablist Language in Mental Health Discussions

Disablist language stigmatizes people living with mental health conditions. Can you recognize disablist language in your discussions? Test yourself here.

Do you use disablist language without realizing it? The language we use when discussing mental health matters because language can stigmatize people with mental illness. Words have the power to make someone feel included or excluded. Choice of language in a conversation about mental health can impact how accepted (or unaccepted) a person living with a mental illness feels. Let’s explore disablist language and eliminate it from our vocabularies.

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Decisions About Parenthood and Depression

Decisions About Parenthood and Depression

Depression affects decision around parenthood. Decisions about if and/or when to become a parent are already tricky. Lots of us think about issues like financial security, career, age and whether or not we feel ready for parenthood, because parenting is hard. For those of us with mental health challenges, including depression, decisions about parenthood can be fraught with complexity .

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Living Life, Even When Depressed

Living Life, Even When Depressed

When I sat down to write my blog this week, what came to mind is that I’ve been having trouble mood-wise lately – depressed mood, low energy, anxiety – and how this seems to go against what we commonly associate with the beginning of a new year. But I have to live life, even when I’m depressed.

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