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Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression makes creativity difficult to use, so if your work counts on your creativity you could be in for trouble. If you worry about that, you aren't alone.One of the hardest parts of my work as a writer is not necessarily self-discipline or being inspired, but rather finding ways to use my creativity while depression zaps my motivation. Over time, depression feels as if it is sucking the creativity out of me, and being creative with depression coping becomes a work of art on its own.

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How It Feels When People Dismiss Depression

How It Feels When People Dismiss Depression

When people dismiss depression by telling you to just be happy, it can bring up painful emotions. Labeling these emotions can be a powerful way to feel better.I have had people I love dismiss my depression with, “Why can’t you just be happy?” There is still social stigma attached to depression, and even the people who care about us can be affected by it. I try to label the emotions that arise after somebody says something like this to me, and it makes me realize why hearing, “Just be happy.” can be so frustrating. I don’t feel good when people dismiss my depression and this is why.

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A Worsening of Depression in Spring, Ways to Cope

A Worsening of Depression in Spring, Ways to Cope

Sometimes spring causes a worsening of depression. Trauma anniversaries and SAD contribute to it. Learn how I cope with a worsening of depression in the spring.

While for some, spring helps depression, sometimes there is a worsening of depression in spring. The snow melts, the flowers bloom, and the sun stays out longer. After spending several miserable months indoors, people are more willing (and even excited) to step outside, smell the roses, and enjoy the sunshine. Yet, for others, the warmer weather and longer days are not always enough to counteract depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD] Symptoms – Who’s at Risk). In this article, I talk about depression worsening in spring and ways that I have learned to cope.

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Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

When depression spells hit they can cause sleepless nights, scary thoughts and more. Read this for depression spell coping skills to help you can get past them.Even if you were not diagnosed with depression or if you feel that you have it under control, you can always experience depression spells. They can hit at any time, sometimes with no warning. They can hit at the most random times—during a class, at a family reunion, after an interview, during the middle of a workday, etc.  Read on to find out about recognizing and dealing with depression spells before they get worse.

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Television Shows that Help Me Cope with Depression

Television Shows that Help Me Cope with Depression

Television shows can help cope with depression. During my hardest times, TV characters have shown me ways to cope with depression. Here are my top three.

I’ve found three television shows that help me cope with depression. Television can create a way to escape depression, and oddly enough, I find myself looking for characters going through circumstances similar to mine. (Binge-Watching Television While Coping with Depression may not be such a good idea, though)

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Why Should We Talk about Depression?

Why Should We Talk about Depression?

When I first realized I had it, talking about depression did not seem like an option. It seemed like a dirty secret I needed to brush aside. I had been told not to cry so many times that I felt ashamed each time I did. Sometimes I still do (Depression Symptoms – Easy to Tear). Fortunately, I am learning to be open and talk about depression, which helps me get through tough times.

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Depression and Anxiety Caused Me to Drop Out of College

Depression and Anxiety Caused Me to Drop Out of College

Some with depression and anxiety drop out of college (How Can Colleges Help Students with Mental Illness?). I graduated from high school at 17 and was ready to tear through my freshman year of college. Instead, I dropped out of college with depression and anxiety. What followed were eight years of insecurity and an intense dread for the future.

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How I Travel and Vacation with Depression

How I Travel and Vacation with Depression

I travel with depression at least three times a year, and most of the time I find myself on solo trips. Whether I am traveling for work or vacation, it seems like my depression never takes a respite. Instead of seeing this as a weakness that prevents me from traveling internationally, I try to work around it with a few techniques I’ve learned over the years. I have learned to travel and vacation with depression.

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What Is Holiday Depression?

What Is Holiday Depression?

Even if you consider yourself a happy person you may be susceptible to holiday depression. Do you find yourself obsessing over pictures on social media of people surrounded by smiling family members, wishing you had another life? Do the holidays make you feel isolated from the rest of the world? You are not alone (Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Symptoms – Who’s At Risk). Read on to learn about holiday depression.

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Introduction to Ashley Horsfall, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

Introduction to Ashley Horsfall, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

I’m Ashley Horsfall and I am excited to be writing Getting Through Tough Times. I have been dealing with depression and anxiety since before I was even a teenager, and I’m now in my mid-20s. My conditions were not diagnosed until just three years ago, and today I still struggle. My journey with mental illness has not been easy, and it certainly hasn’t been consistent; however, I am passionate about helping people like me learn how to cope with depression and anxiety of their own.

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