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Being a Patient in the Mental Health Care System

“I don’t care if you’re 3 percent or 99 percent, that’s too much,” said my brother, the emotion heavy in his voice. We were talking about the differences in the way I look at being suicidal, which I do somewhat regularly, suffering from depression and anxiety. The sharpness in his voice really hit me hard […]

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28 Tips For Overcoming Depression

I understand the slog. I know the shift back out of depression into greatness can seem tough. Remember it will all be worth it in the end. Know that when you feel like just thinking is hard work, I understand. And that when someone asks you a question and a one word answer is a […]

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Simple Things to Do to Show Someone with Depression and Anxiety You Care

“If there’s anything we can do for you guy, any time, day or night, you just let your mom or I know.” That’s my dad. His voice aches with the pain and helplessness he feels talking to me. I just told him that I quit my third job in fifteen months because of the troubles […]

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My Culinary S’kills’ – We Can’t be Good at Everything.

I never did much in the kitchen before my marriage because as soon as I finished my schooling I left to pursue my engineering degree in Coimbatore away from my home. Living away from home, this was my first experience with bad food – puris that called upon all my masticating skills, ghee rice that […]

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3 Reasons Why Meditation Will Do Wonders For Your Creativity

Creativity is one of the most awesome and God-like qualities that we have. It gives us the power to imagine up life-changing books, websites, breathtaking paintings, beautiful songs, or thought-provoking films from scratch. It allows us to bring masterpieces to life from nothing. Because our creativity is so powerful and world-changing, many of us will […]

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Tackling Anxiety and Depression When I Don’t Trust Myself

I’m an open, oozing, sticky wound. I feel as though all of my thoughts and feelings, my doubts and insecurities are laid out bare for the world to see. I’m struggling with anxiety and depression and my life has been turned upside down. I feel vulnerable and I don’t know what to do with it. […]

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I Said a Prayer; My Life Became a Living Hell

Six years ago I was driving to work in Chicago morning traffic, watching my car wipers monotonously and methodically push the sky’s tears off the wind shield – left and right, left and right, left and right…. It was one of those late fall gray, wet, windy and cold days, when all you want to […]

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Three Signs Your Purpose is Calling

“Hello? Cheryl? It’s me, your purpose. I know you’ve been looking for me and I wanted to make things easier for you. Your purpose is-” Beep beep beep… shoot, she hung up! All joking aside, sadly my purpose wasn’t going to drop me a line on my iPhone 5. I’m fairly sure the divine doesn’t […]

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My Own 2 Feet – Everyone Fails

I wrote this a couple of years ago, but I think it serves as a good reminder of what we can learn and do when we try to do something for ourselves. I learned some valuable lessons about myself while I was training to run a 5K race with my daughters. I wasn’t at the […]

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The Zen of the Effort – Embrace the Effort

Undoubtedly my favourite place to train is a small-secluded hillside not more than 3 miles from my house. It is a hidden dead end road servicing small estates in a rural suburban town next to mine. Not more than a ½ mile in length this short climb with portions approaching 7%. It is popular with […]

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How the Gym Helped Me Deal with Depression

Exercise as a means of combating depression is common medical advice. There are numerous studies that confirm that regular exercise can help improve mild to moderate depression. Exercise alone won’t make depression go away, but it can play a significant role in your treatment. I experienced depression 8 years ago. As part of my treatment […]

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In the Absence of Anxiety

My life recently has been pretty black and white. Either I’ve been living with intense anxiety or living in the absence of it. In the absence of anxiety lies a space in which life can go on. I’ve been living in this space for several days now, and I’m beginning to grow in confidence that […]