Depression

An archive of articles to help you cope with, manage and recover from depression.

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    “Insomnia Is Driving Me Crazy” – Insomnia and Suicidal Thoughts

    TW; Suicide. So, the time is 6am and I’ve barely slept a wink for 3 nights straight. On my first two sleepless nights I got up and read, watched TV and baked some cookies. Tonight I stayed in bed, crying from exhaustion, re-living my childhood traumas and stewing in self-loathing. Insomnia is driving me crazy tonight but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. It went from being a minor inconvenience at 12 years old to the main aggravator of my raging depression at 13, filling night after night with panic attacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and perverted creeps. Of course, nobody took it seriously back then because…

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    7 Mental Health Reminders For Difficult Times

    When you’re going through challenging times in your life, it can be difficult to see the light through the darkness. Sometimes we need some simple, positive mental health reminders just to help us calm the storm – even if it’s only by a little bit. These mental health reminders are nothing revolutionary. They are just simple truths about the world that we often forget about in hard times, especially if our judgement is clouded by anxiety’s paranoia or depression’s malicious lies. Even if these mental health reminders don’t fix everything, I hope they can offer you a tiny piece of comfort on your dark days. I know they do for…

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    6 Lies Depression Tells Us

    The lies depression tells us are cruel and all-consuming. They have the power to strip us of everything we need to survive: our self-worth, ambition, hope, happiness – even our very will to live. For most of my life I’ve been consumed by depression’s intrusive thoughts. For so long I believed every malicious self-criticism, every declaration of eternal hopelessness and assurance that I would be better off dead. I didn’t know that depression was a silk-tongued manipulator screwing with 264 million people in the exact same way that it was screwing with me. I didn’t understand that depression was the master of cognitive distortions and bare-faced lies. But once I…

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    20 Mental Health Goals For Depression

    So, 2020 has been a bit of a nightmare. Like so many of you, my mental health has taken a nosedive this year and I’m still trying to put the pieces back together. My depression has taken the worst hit as I found myself slipping back into my old life-sucks-peace-out mindset. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to set some mental health goals for depression in a bid to start 2021 on the right foot! Goal-setting is a mentally-healthy habit to have, especially if you suffer from mood disorders. As someone who battles with things like suicidal ideation and chronic emptiness, having mental health goals…

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    “But I Don’t Want To Take Meds!” – My Experience With Antidepressants

    I think it’s fair to say that my experience with antidepressants over the last 13 years has been … messy. Not only did I struggle to find an antidepressant that worked for me, but for many years I was adamant that I was ‘absolutely fine’ and didn’t want or need to take medication. Yep, this is yet another one of my ‘irresponsible, stubborn, self-destructive teenage angst’ stories. Luckily, this one has a happy ending. Buckle up! All views expressed in this article are related to my experiences only. Always consult a mental health professional before stopping or starting antidepressants. You can view my full disclaimer here.. My Experience With Antidepressants…

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    10 Reasons Why You Should Stay Alive Tonight

    I don’t know your life story, nor do I know your pain. What I do know though, is that your life is worth saving. There are so many reasons why you should stay alive even if you feel as though suicide is the only option. I was five years old when I lost one of my parents to suicide. Growing up I struggled with guilt, rejection, anger and heartbreak, driving myself mad with unanswered questions. Why did they do it? No, how could they do it, when I needed them most? Was I not enough? My parent’s suicide caused me a great deal of inner turmoil and spiralled me into…

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    What To Do If You Feel Like You’re Slipping Back Into Depression

    So, after yet another string of unfortunate life events, I’ve found myself slipping back into depression for the first time in months. Not my usual I’m-sad-but-I-can-deal-with-it depression, but the kind of persistent, melancholic hopelessness that has me fashioning something as harmful as a pencil shaving into a weapon for my demise. The old me would wallow in it. She would lie in bed for hours and ruminate about her loneliness, her emptiness and her childhood traumas. She would obsess about her mounting debt and her life-limiting disabilities. The time she said hi to someone and they ignored her. Cue a full-blown depression relapse. Luckily, that was the old me. The…

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    Things I Learnt From My First Mental Breakdown

    It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that I, the Queen of Self-Destructive Behaviours and Bad Decisions, have had my fair share of mental breakdowns. My first mental breakdown happened when I was 14 years old. It wasn’t the worst breakdown I’ve had by far, but it’s the one that pains me the most when I think about it. My Story I remember it as clear as day: me and my best friend walking through our high school gates, laughing and bitching about some trivial teenage drama. My depression was forcibly hidden underneath my over-enthusiastic engagement in the conversation, as was my budding codependency issues, intensely fluctuating mood swings and…

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    8 Life-Changing Hobbies For Depression

    We often don’t fully understand just how important hobbies are for our mental health until we have depression. I suffered from depression for over ten years, so I am well-acquainted with the ‘what’s the point’ mindset. I have endured long periods of hopelessness where I lacked the motivation to do anything other than sleep. I’ve also indulged in my fair share of unhealthy, self-destructive coping mechanisms, which completely destroyed my ability to find pleasure in life’s little things. These hobbies for depression are low-effort and cost-effective, with most of them being scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. This is because participating in healthy hobbies fights…

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    How To Stop Negative Thoughts – Depression and Negative Thinking

    I used to be a chronic overthinker. It used to be that the slightest thing would set me off, from an unpleasant memory to an unchecked box on my to-do-list. From constructive criticsm to a potentially snide comment. All it would take is something mildly unpleasant for my mind to spiral down a rabbit hole of my worst flaws, my past mistakes, all the opportunities I’d missed and every embarrassing moment I’d ever had. The worst thing about it was that it all seemed to happen subconsciously. By the time I became aware of just how unhealthy my thought patterns had become, I had full-blown depression and felt like my…

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