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The Stories We Tell

On Monday a friend asked me how my weekend had been. The truth was that I had been depressed for most of the weekend: So the weekend seemed long, empty, and dark. When I began describing my weekend in terms that reflected how bad it felt, I found that my sadness deepened. Note to self: telling stories about sadness can sometimes make it worse! What are you telling yourself today that might be making you sad, lowering your energy, etc?

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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