Michael Phelps on Life After Swimming and His Battle With Depression

The most decorated Olympian of all time wants you to know he has bad days — some very bad days — just like so many people. “I’m not a superhuman,” Michael Phelps tells LIVESTRONG.COM. “I’m a human being who was very fortunate to find something that I love and find something that I’m good at and really never give up. But, really, that’s it.” While he made success in the pool look easy, a shadow hung over the star athlete for years as he battled depression. Now Phelps is sharing more about his mental health issues. “These are things that…

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The Depression Mask

The depression mask. What I would define as a defence mechanism because if you looked like you felt, no one would ever want to be around you. Depression has levels that is hard for people who don’t have it to understand. It makes me angry when I come across comments calling people like Chester selfish. To me, it’s a suicide is a failure of society to protect individuals for for letting them down to feel like this was the only viable option. Depression IS a disease. Sometimes medication can help and sometimes they don’t similar to any other sickness. The…

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Never Miss a Day.

Many of you know I’ve never been a runner but most of you also probably don’t know one of the main reasons why I run is how I am choosing to take control of my battles with depression. This summer I want to reclaim running. I strayed away from running for many years for fear that the negative thoughts would be triggered. Thoughts like I was too slow, too fat, too tired, or thoughts that I just wasn’t made to run. But since i’ve started running, nothing beats the sound of my feet pounding on the pavement, the sun hitting my…

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Medical students face ‘alarmingly high’ rate of depression, study finds.

Medical students are at high risk for depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, medical students have an “alarmingly high depression prevalence” compared to what is seen in the general population, says study co-author, Dr. Douglas Mata, a resident physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. To conduct the study, researchers reviewed more than 180 studies involving 129,000 medical students worldwide, including those in Canada. They found the incidence of depression among this group was 27 per cent, compared to eight to nine per cent in the…

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Where To Get Help.

The holidays can be a tough time for many individuals struggling with various forms of mental illness. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868  all offer ways for getting help if you, or someone you know, is suffering from mental health issues. Don’t hold back and be afraid to reach out to get support.

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Small Steps.

Today I finally was able to see a psychiatrist after waiting a couple months for this appointment. It’s really sad to think to gain access to such an important resource it takes booking months in advance to see one. To be honest, it was not what I had expected. Aside from taking my health history (#nursingstudentproblems), he didn’t do much talking aside from explaining what depression was and it’s causes and changing my medication to address both my depression and newly acquired anxiety. That evil gremlin that keeps me up at night, gives me racing thoughts, and makes me more…

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Enzyme Research Provides a New Picture of Depression.

Despite the fact that more than four percent of the world’s population suffer from depression, and even though approximately 1,500 individuals commit suicide each year in Sweden, the understanding of the pathophysiology of depression remains unclear and only a few new discoveries of mechanisms behind it have been made in recent years. New approved pharmacological interventions are mainly absent, despite intensive research on the subject. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have characterized the role of the enzyme CYP2C19 in depression and functional and morphological changes in the brain. The enzyme is responsible for the metabolism of many neuroactive compounds, including antidepressants,…

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The Fourth.

To be honest, i’m not sure where I am or how i’m doing these days. Everything kind of just seems likes its a haze. Sometimes I have a lot of emotions, little energy and no concentration. Other days i’m on fire, completely engaged in everything and able to focus on what I need to do. It’s a little overwhelming to realize it was 4 years ago to the day that I was diagnosed with major depression.  So here we go, my four year anniversary post. I realize opening up about my struggles with depression can bring judgment from people, but…

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Why We Need To Talk About High-Functioning Depression

(Photo: Pexels/Freestocks.org) By Emily Laurence for Well+Good To an outside observer, Amanda Leventhal, a college student at the University of Missouri, appears to have it all together. Perfect grades, a good group of friends, involvement in her campus choir group—she’s not someone many would characterize as “depressed.” And yet, she is. It wasn’t until Leventhal penned an essay on her secret struggle with anxiety and depression that her friends knew anything was even wrong. Antidepressant ads and pop-culture portrayals of depression often paint the same picture: withdrawal from friends or favorite activities, trouble sleeping, and crying. While those are signs, the problem is that…

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Learning to Love What You Do.

It’s only the beginning of working towards my career as a nurse. Oftentimes, I question whether i’m good enough to take on such a large responsibility. Whether I have the capacity to love and care endlessly for all the patients that will come into and out of my life. But then I think about the adrenaline rush I get from reading about treating illness, the mysteries behind disease, meeting new people with interesting stories, and the feel of wearing a uniform that’s well respected. The first term of nursing school has been hard for many reasons. Going through a break…

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Sick Not Weak.

What an inspiring and fierce campaign that was launched by the SickKids Foundation. It’s empowering in a sense, in that there’s been a shift from sickness being seen as a weakness to battling sickness being seen as fierce.  Wonderful to see both patients and the staff who provide the necessary and often life-saving care presented in such a brave manner. From the traditional heart-string provoking videos using song’s like Fix You by Coldplay to draw more sympathetic emotions from viewers, it’s a bold move in my opinion to set the background music to the rap song “Undeniable” by Donnie Daydream. It’s…

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