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The Stories We Tell ... Continued

For the last two days, when someone has asked me how my day has been I have been experimenting with encouraging myself to recollect positive feelings and events instead of negative ones. For example: Yesterday I spoke to a student that I teach, and was touched by his interest and curiosity about the course material; today I sat on a bench in the sunshine: watching the leaves fall, smelling autumn on the breeze, and savoring the change of seasons. What positive experiences are you engaging in today?

By India Court MacWeeney
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery
First Episode

Last week's Quick Boost poll asked when you first experienced depression and what it was like. As you might expect over 57% had their first episode when they we 25 or younger. This is consistent with what we know about depression in general - the first episode usually hits when we are between 20 and 30 years old.

What was more interesting was to read the comments that were written about what a first experience was like:

"Complete breakdown with crying uncontrollably and feeling utterly alone."

"Just wanted to sleep my life away."

"Scary and confusing...it came on me strong and I didn't know how to deal with it, but I knew I needed help to get through it, and I knew I wanted to make it through it..."

We each have slightly different first experiences with depression but what is common is that we can’t function very well or almost not at all.   Read More »
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Last Week's Poll Results

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