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Sailing Along

I like to sail. It's an enjoyable activity in so many ways. The only thing I don't like is when we need to run the engine when we are in a hurry to get somewhere. Engines are noisy and can vibrate an entire boat. It's much more pleasant to let the wind take us where we need to go by setting sails and adjusting them as needed. The same can be true for life. I can "rev" my engine and increase my stress to get somewhere fast. But often a much less stressful way is to adjust to life's "winds" and let them slowly get me to my destination. I hope you try sailing through parts of your life.
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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

How old were you when you had your first episode of depression?

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