Author: dialogueofathena

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I discussed in my last blog post about a need for validation. When you have trust issues, depression, anxiety, and you mix it in with loneliness, it’s a recipe for disaster. Not trusting people, but always being lonely leads some, like me, to constantly seek out validation from others. There is a need to be…




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It is pretty general information these days that I suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. I have tried over the last year to explain to people around me what these mean, how they affect me, and how no one should be afraid to talk about these mental illnesses and others. Despite my efforts,…




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As someone who has managed depression from early childhood into adulthood, I have learned a variety of different coping mechanisms to help me. Different things work for different people, just like the same coping mechanism won’t work for every situation. And it is extremely, extremely important for someone dealing with any kind of problem, not…




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First, let me start off by saying I am extremely grateful that for the past month or so, I have not experienced the severe depression I spent most of this year battling. Let me just take a moment of silence to be grateful……. Ok, now on to the important stuff. My depression has taken a back seat…




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Over the last year or so I have become more open about my mental health issues. I was diagnosed bipolar depressed, and I have anxiety. And trust me, these things together are a nightmare. Dealing with only one of them is a nightmare. Some people can identify with one or the other, but will empathize…




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I mentioned in my last blog post about how play is important for everyone. I mean, who can live day-by-day simply working on their to-do list, but never finding time to relax? I certainly cannot! It may not be daily, but at least once a week I find time for a coping mechanism that helps…




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My therapist recently recommended a book by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection, which was published in 2010. Brown is revered for her work in studying shame. I was recommended this book because I am constantly comparing myself to others around me. Friends my age are married with kids in houses they own. Other friends…




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I have been so thankful to enjoy a couple of weeks of relative happiness with only small periods of depression thrown here and there at me. And let me tell you, it’s been incredible to go into therapy and tell my therapist that I haven’t considered suicide, or that I haven’t been followed around by…




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I wonder if people realize how hard it is to reach out for help or maybe just to talk to someone. I have been an introvert for as long as I can remember. I had a small group of close friends while growing up who I told everything to, but “me time” was extremely important…




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I recently found myself apologizing to everyone around me for my mental health problems. I found myself apologizing to friends because my moods are a roller-coaster ride. I apologize to everyone around me who is effected by what I feel or how to react to those feelings. Something I have come to realize is you should…