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The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Helps Anyone with Depression

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Helps Anyone with Depression

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline helps people with depression with or without suicidal thoughts. It's like a free counseling session. Call anytime.You have probably heard of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. What you might not know is that it is intended for anyone going through depression, even those who do not experience suicidal thoughts. The resource connects callers to local crisis centers where counselors are there to listen and provide support. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen can save a life, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can do that.

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Changing Antidepressant Medication: Coping with Side-Effects

Changing Antidepressant Medication: Coping with Side-Effects

Changing antidepressant medication can create such terrible side effects that you want to stop taking it. I chose to wait it out and here's how I'm doing it.

Facing the possible side effects of changing antidepressant medication can make trying a different one really scary. You read the list of the medication’s side effects and hear all of the horror stories that other people have told. You try to remind yourself that these are their stories and not your own. So you gather up the courage to actually try it. I recently started a psychiatric medicine and have learned many things about how to cope with the side effects of changing antidepressant medication.

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How I Cope When Vivid Dreams Affect My Anxiety

How I Cope When Vivid Dreams Affect My Anxiety

Vivid dreams affect my anxiety the next day and anxiety can also create vivid dreams. Here's what I do to cope when vivid dreams affect my anxiety levels.Have you ever had a really vivid dream that affected your anxiety? Maybe you found yourself overanalyzing the dream the next day. Perhaps it was just a nice dream that you wish would exist in real life, or maybe it was a nightmare that increased anxiety. Whatever the case, vivid dreams can cause us to behave or think differently after we wake up. Read on to learn about how my vivid dreams affect my anxiety and what I am doing to cope.

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Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting realistic goals that benefit your mental health is hard if you struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Here are tips on how to make realistic goals.

Having realistic goals benefits your mental health, but many people with depression or other mental illnesses struggle to set goals. Read on to learn about how to make and keep goals that benefit your mental health even if you’re living with a mental illness.

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How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

When it's been a bad week, you need to relax to avoid intense anxiety that lasts longer than the cause of it. Try some of these and make your week end better.

How do you cope when it’s been a bad week? Some people can shrug it all off, but if you are anything like me you can’t. Coping strategies for when it’s been a bad week can help prevent intense anxiety as time goes on.

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What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

Emotional detachment in depression can hurt your recovery and relationships. Understanding emotional detachment and depression can help change this. Learn how.One of the scariest symptoms I’ve experienced has been emotional detachment in depression. I’ve witnessed it in other people since I was young, and at times I start feeling detached from situations where I think I might get hurt. Understanding the symptom of emotional detachment in depression helps me work through it.

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Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Family drama can impact mental illnesses like depression, changing relationships for the worse. You need family drama survival skills. Find them right here.I find survival skills for family drama and mental illness are critical. Some families are simple while others can feel messy. My family is the latter. Fighting among family feels like the norm (Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues). Dealing with family drama and mental illness at the same time can feel like too much to handle at once. I’ve had to try out some survival skills to deal with family drama when I feel it affecting my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety.

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Building Physical Confidence During Tough Times

Building Physical Confidence During Tough Times

Building physical confidence takes time and a routine that is filled with activities you enjoy. Read these tips to build physical confidence and self-esteem.

I’ve discovered that there is a strong correlation between my depression and anxiety and my physical confidence. It’s about more than loving the way I look. It’s about loving how strong I’ve become. I’ve taken steps to increase my physical confidence, which helps me feel so much better when things start to feel rough.

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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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