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The Truth About Recovery From Anxiety & Depression

You’ve been suffering for a long time and feel like you’ve already hit rock-bottom. You’re in treatment, you check in with your doctor regularly and think you’re pointed in the right direction. Maybe you can even see the light at the end of the tunnel. The rest of the way should be a piece of […]

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“I Am Depressed” – Stopping Negative Thoughts

Many of us who suffer from depression get locked into patterns of negative thinking, feeling and actions that we perform almost automatically. Our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations become jumbled and we can’t decipher which is triggering our negative behaviour towards ourselves. All we might realize is that we’re locked into some sort of habit […]

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How I’m Learning To Love Myself

  ”We cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa “What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa The hills […]

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Panoply, The Social Network That Makes You Happy

  Social media, in its so far brief lifetime, has had its share of both good and bad press. It has been treated with a certain amount of disdain and contempt by those who believe it is being treated a bad substitute for really engaging with the world. But there are also increasingly common stories […]

Anxiety – The Monster Has No Teeth

Anxiety – The Monster Who Has No Teeth

“After you die, you’ll wake up in a dark place. Out of the darkness, a terrifying monster will suddenly appear. The monster will represent all the worst fears you’ve ever had. For each person, the monster will be different, since we all have different fears and vulnerabilities.   When the monster appears, you’ll have two […]

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Self-Preservation from Anxiety and Depression

Some days, living with anxiety and depression consumes all of our energy. To the outside world, we might appear lazy on these days. But in many cases, we’re waging a battle with ourselves to find some peace. Facing the world can be a daunting experience when we’re suffering. This story is about what one of […]

Panic in the Night

Panic in the Night

  3:19 am –  “Why do I always get stuck with this?! Eff me.” Tossing over onto his back, he felt the fear rising up the back of his neck and yanked his blanket up over his legs. “Eff me.  Eff me. Eff me. I don’t wanna deal with this today. I don’t need this […]

Medications And Living A Normal Life With Anxiety & Depression

Medications And Living A Normal Life With Anxiety & Depression

Every night about this time, I have to take two pills. One, the big round white one, helps me to relax and go to sleep. The little pale green oval is supposed to make the pills I take in the morning work better. To amplify their effects. Supposedly. The pills in the morning, two blue […]

Will French Alps Plane Crash Open Our Eyes To Anxiety And Depression?

Will French Alps Plane Crash Help Open Our Eyes To Anxiety And Depression?

I’m struggling with the media coverage of the tragedy that took place this week in the French Alps. We are hearing reports now that the co-pilot who crashed the plane, taking the lives of 149 innocent people, suffered from depression and anxiety.   It seems that many are jumping to the conclusion that because he […]

How to Admit You Are Scared

How to Admit You Are Scared

Everyone assumes that things are going to start making sense soon. It’s a feeling you start having when you’re a tiny little kid. When all you know is eating and sleeping and crying, and everyone around you has so much more going on. You assume, with every birthday you hit, that this will be the […]

My thoughts after my first day at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

My Thoughts After My First Day At The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

Last month my wife took me to the local emergency room because over the previous two weeks, the occasional suicidal thoughts I was having were becoming strong, instantaneous impulses to kill myself. The morning I went to the ER, I was holding a saw in my hand when one of these impulses hit. I looked at my other […]

The Danger of Negative Thinking

The Danger Of Negative Thinking

Don’t ever, ever let anyone tell you that thinking positive will solve all your problems. It will help. It will keep your chin up when things get difficult. And it may well be the one thing that gives you the confidence to chase your dreams. But it doesn’t fix everything. You still need to put […]