If you suffer from depression, the possibility always exists that at some point you may have thoughts about harming yourself. Unfortunately, when you are in the midst of a crisis, you will probably not be thinking clearly or making the best choices. For this reason, it is a very good idea to make a suicide safety plan. Then, if the need arises, you will be prepared with a step-by-step plan for how to handle things until your urges pass. ...continue reading "How to Make a Suicide Safety Plan"
When I was in my early twenties, I was in an abusive relationship. At various points in our relationship, he gave me a black eye, pushed me into a wall so hard I had to have my scalp stitched back together and squeezed my face so hard that my teeth cut into my cheeks and made them bleed. Most of the time though, the abuse involved a lot of yelling, putting me down and controlling my every move. ...continue reading "Dear Younger Me: Letter to an Abuse Survivor"
There are several different depression treatments that are available. Most require a doctor's approval, but certain herbs and supplements are available over the counter. The best option for you will be determined by the type of depression you have, the severity of your depression and how well you respond to any given treatment. The following is a summary of the many types of depression treatments which may be available to you. ...continue reading "Depression Treatments"
Most people will experience depression symptoms at some time in their life. Feelings of sadness and upset are a normal response to stressful situations. Usually people are able to adjust and move forward within a fairly short amount of time. However, when a person's ability to cope is pushed too far, they may develop what is known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). MDD is a more serious form of depression which may require treatment in order to get better. ...continue reading "Depression Symptoms"