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Priming the Pump

When we are depressed we often long for happiness to return. We wish that a pleasant, upbeat mood will overtake us in a way that is like when depression suddenly hit. If we just wait for our mood to change its unlikely to happen very quickly. As best we can we need to prime the pump by doing something simple and easy. Have a nice shower or bath. Take a short walk. Straighten up your desk or kitchen. Psychologists call it "behavioral activation". I hope you'll give it a try!
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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?

Polling Period: 8/24/14 - 8/30/14
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