The happiness project.

Decided to take on a new project today while roaming around my school’s bookstore. I randomly came across the journal section and stumbled upon a journal called “The Happiness Project”. Essentially, it is a 5 year journal, where you only write one sentence a day. It’ll be cool once the journal is finished as it will have captured my life for the past five years and reflect on what’s changed. In the end I will have written one sentence for 365 days, and captured 1,825 moments or thoughts. I think its pretty neat, and it was only 20 dollars for this…

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Approaching someone you care about.

I think one of the toughest things to grasp is trying to figure out how to help someone you think may have depression. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately as I feel that someone very close to me has been struggling a lot lately. I have also been told by countless amounts of people of their own struggles with “confronting” a roommate, friend, or family member. The question I suppose is how do you go up to someone you care about and explain to them that they may have a form of mental illness? It’s not an easy…

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The depression we share.

Such an enlightening video, so many feelings come to mind watching the video about my own personal experience with depression. I have honestly been looking for a video for so long to express my feelings on depression, but this video is as close as I can find thus far. Especially how many of us try to block out or suppress the feelings of worthlessness, rather we need to feel it and express our feelings. It’s so true when he says depression is a family secret that people have, since i’ve started writing about my depression and sharing it with friends.…

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Mediation.

Looking for a cool guided mediation session online to practice on your own? Turn up your speakers and have a look at this UCLA link for some free guided mediations. It even gives you a link for those who are new to the technique to start with the 5-minute breathing mediation. All the podcasts are from the Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre, under Diana Winston at the University of California, Los Angeles. Link: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 So sit back, relax, and breathe. -M

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Free podcast.

While roaming around online, I came across some free podcasts from the University of Oxford called the “New Psychology of Depression”, so I thought I would share it with others. It’s a bit dated (October 2011), but I feel it would still be relevant to many people. In total there are 10 podcasts, with some of the topics including: What is depression? How is depression treated? Mindfulness and the brain Guided mediation I would give the podcast a good listen for those looking to be better educated or battling depression and related disorders. Link: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/new-psychology-depression Feel free to share with…

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#NotAlone

This paragraph from the article below is such a common theme with many young people that have opened up to loved ones: “I remember sitting at the kitchen table speaking with my parents about how I felt really depressed. I was in my early twenties and they clearly just didn’t understand. I know that it’s not that they didn’t care, but their response was something like, “Renee, you have a great life…nothing to be depressed about.” Perhaps they were under the false impression that depression could just be turned on and off or that people used the idea of depression…

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Tips for a stress free Christmas.

With the holidays coming up, one would think that it would be an incredibly joyful time. I however, find the holidays particularly daunting, especially with all the functions i’m expected to go to and spending money on gifts. It’s a little different going into the holidays when you suffer from depression, although I am in a much better place now (functioning wise), it’s still a little uncomfortable to see people get so excited about the holidays and I feel indifferent. I do look forward to spending some time with loved ones back home and have the workload of school off…

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Anxiety

Just an interesting infographic I found while surfing the web. Looks at the short-and long term health effects that anxiety has on our bodies. Those who have suffered from anxiety would have a great understanding of the symptoms through their own experiences. http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/anxiety-body-infographic/ – M

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“Explaining my Depression to my mother”

Such a powerful poem! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the video, I highly encourage it. Never found such an accurate description of what it was like opening up to other people who didn’t understand what it was like. Presence is everything. Advice and critique usually go unheard, but having someone there to ease the loneliness is a huge comfort. As usual, link is at the bottom. – M ———————————————————————————————————– Mom, My depression is a shape shifter. One day it is as small as a firefly in the palm of a bear The next, it’s the bear.…

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230,000 Ontario adults considered suicide in 2013

“First Centre for Mental Health and Addictions survey to ask specifically about suicide reveals sharp increase in people reporting poor mental health, particularly younger adults” Link down below. Thoughts? – M ————————————————————————————————– A new study from Canada’s largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” in 2013. The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says that amounted to 2.3 per cent of Ontario’s adult population. CAMH says its mental health survey, started in 1977, was based on responses from 3,021 Ontario adults who were asked specifically about suicide for the first time. “We…

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The One Year Mark

It’s been one year since that fateful day where I decided to seek help for what I was struggling with. It’s scary to realize how fast time flies and how much has changed in that one year. I’ve begun to find that happy place where I was once and have gotten back to being passionate about many things I was once passionate about.  I have reached a much better place than where I was last year at this time and it’s largely thanks to those who stuck by me during those dark times. I now have control over my life…

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The Sad Reality.

Most People With Depression Aren’t Getting Treatment, Survey Finds… “The latest depression report shows that the majority are suffering in silence” Link to article at bottom of post. -M ——————————————————————————– The latest statistics on depression in the U.S. don’t paint a picture of progress, though the condition is common. Nearly 8% of Americans over age 12 have recently been depressed, finds the new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the vast majority aren’t actively getting treatment. Of those surveyed between 2009 and 2012, about 3% with depression reported having severe…

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