Mental Illness

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Physical Activity / Exercise for Breaking Depression

As a person who has endured a life long battle with severe clinical treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder I often feel marginalized by people who talk about depression like it is something that can be easily handled with things like diet, exercise, positive thinking, and maybe some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy if it’s really tough.  But the truth is that whether you are dealing with a clinical MDD, or the much more common depression, dysthymia, or the blues, there can be no disputing the fact that a nutritious diet that is low in sugar and processed foods, as well as daily physical activity or regular exercise is extremely important.  The girl in this video seems to really get it, so I thought I’d share it with you.  No matter how severe your depression gets you need to eat right and be active.  I know it’s hard to do.  I am not doing so well in this area myself, but we have to do this to break depression!


Confessions

I seem to be starting most of my sparsely spaced posts because I’ve been going through changes as you will also go through changes as you break depression.  For 9 months I have been holding out on writing about two new therapies that I am doing that are amazing.  I […]


How to Break Your Depressed State of Mind

I am no scientist, doctor, or scholar.  But I have suffered for over 25 years from Depression and I am a student of it.  I look for any and every way to Break Depression as long as it hurts no one.  When people talk of Heaven and Hell I tell […]


Inner Engineering with Sadhguru

Inner Engineering – Master Your Body, Mind, Emotions, and Energies

I want to tell you about a program that really was/is a miraculous blessing to me. Several years ago in the midst of a brutal depressive episode that had lasted for several torturous years I was desperately looking for something to help me. I had active suicidal ideations. I was […]


Two Videos by Noah Elkrief to Help With Depression

Here are two videos “How To Deal With Depression” and “How to Stop Feeling Depressed” by a Noah Elkrief. I could summarize the videos for you but I believe that would be a disservice because it would sabotage their purpose which is to help you to experientially know what he […]


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It’s Just Another Eve

People who are generally not happy with where they are in their lives often find that annual holidays like New Year’s Eve tend to trigger negative feelings like sadness, depression, grief, frustration, anger, etc.  These feelings may be the result of the grief due to the loss of a close […]


Service – The Key to Your Happiness

There is a lethargy, a true draining of vital life energy that prevents people with Depression from doing what they have to do for themselves. When I am in the pit of depression I sometimes feel like I can’t go downstairs and get something to eat. Often times I don’t and I go hungry. I can’t pick out my clothes. It’s just too hard. So I ware what I wore yesterday that I threw on the floor next to my bed. Sometimes I think that if the house caught fire I wouldn’t have the strength to get out. That’s how brutal Depression can be. It’s not living. It’s just existing. That’s not how life has to be.

I have found moments of strength when someone else was in need. In certain emergencies I’d rise to the occasion and crash after it did what needed to be done. In my sadness and longing to die I have counseled others back from the brink, and they had no idea how much pain I was in because I did not let them know. I was there for them and that gave me some sense of worth. Sometimes it even made me happy. The following video illustrates the power of service, the power of helping others even when you can’t help yourself. If you keep on doing it, little by little you will come alive again.


Suicide Prevention Awareness

Did you know that September is “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”?  I didn’t.  I just happened to stumble upon it when I went to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website to see how they defined various types of Depression and other mental illnesses for a post I was writing.  I’m too tired to even continue.  The government, the media, the healthcare community, Doctors, hospitals, universities, and advocates are hardly making a dent in informing the public about Depression and suicide prevention.

 

Suicide Prevention Awareness

The bridge between suicide and life

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.


I’m Still Standing

Tonight I had to write down a brief account of the last ten years of my life.  I cannot publish what I wrote at this time.  It is truly tragic.  In order to not sink into the depths of despair I must remember that there were some really good and […]


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How to Get Rid of Anxiety – A Teal Scott Video

If you suffer from anxiety you have to allow yourself to do what is necessary to make yourself feel good throughout the day. You’ve got to be deliberate about how you wake up.  You’ve got to be deliberate about how you go to sleep and how you structure your life […]


Asthma drug Singulair linked to suicidal thoughts in young people (But I’m an adult!)

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted much over the last week.  I actually got depressed, anxious, agitated; had thoughts of worthlessness, hopelessness and suicidal ideations; and I had a full blown panic attack (crying, trembling, fear, hyperventilation, and the feeling like I was going to throw up out of every […]


Alcohol and Depression 1

Many years ago I had decided that I would never drink when I was feeling depressed. It was before I was diagnosed with Depression. I do not recall that any incident took place to precipitate my decision. I don’t know if my decision came from common sense, intuition, or by […]


Challenging Our Believes About Depression – The Birth of Empowerment and Hope

Since I have started working on putting the beginnings of this blog together I have noticed that at times I am able to look at depression from a different perspective.  When I am in depression I am looking at it through a state of mind that is certainly not positive, […]


Who Should Prescribe Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers?

Over the past 20 years drug manufacturers have been actively marketing antidepressants and now mood stabilizers like Abilify to the general public via television commercials and pushing doctors to prescribe them. This is very dangerous. It is dangerous for the people out there who clearly do not need to be […]