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Small victories

Posted on September 3rd, 2015

Today was a good day. I smiled, I laughed, I was happy. It was a day to be lived, a day to embrace the beauty of life. I was able to enjoy the small moments of happiness – today I was free. There was a brief moment when I thought about the darkness. But it… Read more…

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    Here’s what depression feels like

    Posted on August 17th, 2015

    Here’s what depression feels like

    Danny Baker posted a question on his Facebook page asking people who’d suffered from depression to describe it so those who had never experienced it could understand the illness better. These are the ones I can most relate to. Depression is seeing no future, and no answer for any of the problems in your life.… Read more…

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      Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur

      Posted on August 16th, 2015

      Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur

      There are days when I just want to be left alone – I don’t want to talk to anyone or be with anyone. But it’s usually those days when Bonnie, Clyde or Chuck finds their way onto my lap with a gentle purr. They don’t need to say anything, they don’t need to ask questions,… Read more…

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        Tips on coping with depression

        Posted on August 15th, 2015

        Tips on coping with depression

        There will be good days. There will be bad days. It’s about finding ways to cope when the bad days arrive. Routines Creating routines that you can stick to are really important. For me, it’s planning meals for the week, scheduling time to go the gym, even going to work. Knowing that I have to… Read more…

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          Depression – am I a fraud?

          Posted on May 30th, 2015

          Depression – am I a fraud?

          There are days when I wonder if I really do have depression. It’s an illness that can be difficult to diagnose – and, of course, there isn’t a blood test for it either. The feeling of extreme sadness, the chronic fatigue, the lows… Yes, I am depressed and I see a psychiatrist every few months and… Read more…

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            Depression kills

            Posted on May 11th, 2015

            Depression kills

            Yesterday I received devastating news – someone I knew had died. At first I assumed it was a heart attack or car accident… It was suicide. This is someone who I saw fairly often and would never have believed this is how his life would end. That’s the thing with depression – it affects us… Read more…

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              Depression test – am I depressed?

              Posted on May 9th, 2015

              Depression test – am I depressed?

              Maybe you wake up in the morning and find you can’t get out of bed. Or you have absolutely no energy and something as simple and routine as showering becomes a struggle… How do you know if you are depressed? This is a very difficult question to answer. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple way to… Read more…

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                Support for the non-depressed

                Posted on April 25th, 2015

                Support for the non-depressed

                I’ve written about how to support someone with depression. But I think it’s also important for those of us with depression to be able to support our partners. Hubby is great – he knows when I’m feeling a bit flat, often before I know I am. That’s what is so important about sharing your life… Read more…

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                  Help! Am I a hypochondriac?

                  Posted on April 24th, 2015

                  Help! Am I a hypochondriac?

                  Is it something serious? Should I see the doctor? What could it mean? Should I Google it? I often feel as though I’m a complete hypochondriac and I’ve often found myself running off to the doctor with some or other unexplained pain. But does that make me a hypochondriac? In 2010 I was diagnosed with… Read more…

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                    Finding happiness in the small things

                    Posted on April 23rd, 2015

                    Finding happiness in the small things

                    A few weeks ago our lives changed quite a bit. We found ourselves welcoming a new baby into our family. His name was Tiny and he was well, tiny. His little jaw is different to everyone else’s (it was broken at some point during his very short life – he’s only three months old). I… Read more…

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