Being stronger than my depression isn't always possible for me. But right now, I am feeling the need to be strong. I have a list of things I need to accomplish and my procrastination, I have decided, is over. So I am off to my list, no time for a long journal entry today. "Strike while the iron is hot" and all that. READ MORE: Why do I set challenges for myself? My … [Read more...] about Today, I’ve got this
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It should be so easy to keep a squirrel from getting into the bird feeder. You put up a squirrel guard, make sure the feeder is far enough away from trees squirrels can jump from, and the birds have free reign. Of course, that is the textbook version of what to do. The reality is, I am being surprised most days now by the squirrel’s ingenuity. Depression must be sharing … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Outwit This Squirrel?
Concealed depression has been my life. I have racked up 43+ years of hiding my depression, even from myself. This has led me to jump through hoops and do all kinds of crazy shenanigans to keep it hidden. From ignoring it to justifying it by using an unhelpful thinking style, I have lived with depression for my entire adult life. It turns out, my way of dealing with … [Read more...] about Five Names For My Depression
My new life with depression is all about progress, not perfection. Knowing where depression is and what it is up to is very important to me. Keeping it out in the open is my main strategy. Not letting it have me keep secrets is a big thing. Historically, depression has put something in my mind, and then swore me to secrecy. Not fact-checking what depression was telling … [Read more...] about Who is running this show?
I didn’t even think about how my medicine works. I hadn’t realized that there are three classes of anti-depression drugs. Each one works in a different way to help you achieve some sense of normalcy. Different kinds of reuptake inhibitors target different neurotransmitters. There are three types: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are some of the most … [Read more...] about What do you mean there are side effects?