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Month: November 2017

The Elusive Self-Worth, or The Vicious Cycle of Low Self-Worth/Depression/Even Lower Self-Worth/More Depression…

The Elusive Self-Worth, or The Vicious Cycle of Low Self-Worth/Depression/Even Lower Self-Worth/More Depression…

We all want and need validation, right? It helps us become well-adjusted and realize that we are worthy. Well, I’ve been learning quite a bit about that lately. Take my relationship with my mom, for example. She’s great, really. She has always let me make and learn from my own mistakes and has never really butted into my life, which I appreciate. And yet… I spent a couple decades trying to “make” her proud of me. I would send her…

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The Many Faces of Depression, Plus 10 Tips

The Many Faces of Depression, Plus 10 Tips

It used to be that depression, for me, was pretty straightforward. I sounded depressed, I acted depressed, I looked depressed. I felt, well, depressed. It’s not so simple anymore. After dealing with it for over thirty years, I assumed I knew all there was to know about it. I’ve researched it, I’ve (over)analyzed it, I’ve lived it. But the first couple weeks of this current episode were different. Even CeAnne thinks so. I didn’t “just” feel deeply depressed, I felt…

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Is a Thought Just a Thought? **TW: SI/Suicide**

Is a Thought Just a Thought? **TW: SI/Suicide**

**Personal Note: Though I have been diagnosed with three different mental health conditions, I usually speak mostly of depression, as that is the one I have the most experience with and have done the most personal research on. But much of what I share (in any post) can apply to other mental health diagnoses.**   One of the most profound – and helpful – things I occasionally remember learning from my DBT class is that thoughts cannot hurt you. Say what?…

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High Hopes, Failure, and Emotional Relapse

High Hopes, Failure, and Emotional Relapse

***I wrote most of this post on Wednesday and finished it early Thursday. It is now after midnight on Friday/Saturday and I finally have enough mental (and physical) energy to post it. That’s how depression works.***   My heart hurts. As I sit here on the couch on a dreary Wednesday morning, attempting (unsuccessfully) to keep our two-year-old cat, Zander (aka Little One), off of my wife’s keyboard, I can feel the very specific sensation in my chest that signals intense…

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