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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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How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

Mindfulness for depression helps you get better and stay well. Learn more about how using mindfulness as a depression treatment soothes your depressed brain.

How can using mindfulness for depression help you recover? Well, mindfulness is about living in the now by taking notice of what’s around us and the feelings that are inside of us. It’s about being fully present and removing the extra layer of thought that we normally attach to people, things, and events. Using mindfulness for depression changed my life because my depressed brain was anything but peaceful.

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Finding the Right Exercise for Depression

Finding the Right Exercise for Depression

We all know that exercise can help combat depression, but did you know that finding the right exercise for depression is also important? The type of exercise you choose for depression has an effect on how beneficial it may be for your mental health, so it’s important to carefully choose the right exercise for depression.

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The Importance of Seeking Help for Depression

The Importance of Seeking Help for Depression

It's important to seek help for depression. I know it's hard to admit that we can't cope with it on our own--the depression wants us isolated. Don't listen.

It’s not always easy to take the first steps towards seeking help for depression, or, indeed, any other mental health problem. But it’s important not to cope with depression alone. Having the right medical and/or therapeutic help in place will help your chances of depression recovery. You need to understand the importance of seeking help for depression.

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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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Nature is a Profound Therapy for Depression

Nature is a Profound Therapy for Depression

My head is a labyrinth. I’m always judging myself, thinking about my past or worrying about the future. I feel trapped in my head — a classic sign of depression.

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Share Your Depression Story to Heal

Share Your Depression Story to Heal

Sharing your depression story can help you, and others, find meaning in your depression and heal. Learn why and how to share you depression story. Read this.

Several years ago I did an inpatient treatment program for depression. At the end of my stay at the hospital, I was asked to complete a survey on my experience there. The form had room for comments and suggestions and as I filled it out, I realized I had a lot to say about my depression treatment.

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Are You Still On Your Depression Meds?

Are You Still On Your Depression Meds?

My Mom is 88 years old. She loves me. She worries about me. Almost every time we talk she asks me, “Are you still on your depression meds?” I respond patiently, because I know she probably doesn’t remember me saying this to her dozens of times in the past. “Yes, Mom. I’ll be on my medication likely for the rest of my life.” She nods. She understands. For now. Until the next time she asks.

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Fresh Air and Sunshine Can Help Relieve Depression

Fresh Air and Sunshine Can Help Relieve Depression

It has been a very long, cold, depressing winter. Snow storms. Ice storms. Wind chills that can freeze your face. I spent a lot of my days hunkered down inside the house, battling my depression symptoms as best I could. But, spring has sprung and it’s finally time to get outside!

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