Posts by Blurt Team

Depression: Letting Loved Ones In

“Coming out” with depression is an onerous task, which can feel especially overwhelming when you’re struggling. However, opening up to loved ones can be hugely beneficial – removing the effort of concealing your illness, reducing any feelings of shame and building your support network. There are many questions you may ask yourself when contemplating talking to loved ones…

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Depression: Coping With Medication Withdrawal

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Anti-depressants and anxiety medications aren’t for everyone, but those who have been prescribed them often define them as “life-saving” drugs. Sometimes though, it can take some trial and error to find the medication you get on with best. The difficulty here is that some side effects or medication withdrawal symptoms may crop up. Not always, but sometimes. If you’re about…

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Depression Awareness Week: Our #WhatYouDontSee Campaign

At Blurt, we know what it’s like to live with the stigma of depression. All too often, shame and fear force us to ‘mask’ our illness; and although public attitudes are improving, unhelpful associations about depression still abound. ‘But you don’t look depressed…’ ‘He can’t be depressed, I saw him laughing with his mates last…

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5 Steps You Can Take to Rebuild Self-Esteem

Depression thrives on low self-esteem. Having low self-esteem means we often see ourselves in an unforgiving, and skewed perspective. We might struggle to assert and express ourselves. Feeling as though we’re always the toxic, negative person in a relationship or situation. As though we’re ruining the lives of those closest to us and as though…

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Postnatal Depression: 5 Sources of Online Support

There’s no doubt about it, having a baby is a big life-changing event. On top of the excitement, there are many other emotions and feelings which come into play. You may feel nervous, overwhelmed and worried about this new responsibility. The avalanche of visitors and the sleep deprivation lead to an uncertain time for many…

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Self-Care on a Budget: 10 Things to Try

Self-care is incredibly important in helping manage and prevent depression. However, as those of us who struggle with poor mental health are more likely to have financial problems – especially if we are unable to work –  there are often real limitations in the amount we can ‘budget’ to look after ourselves. But while spa days and shopping sprees…

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Depression: 10 Books Which Aid Understanding

We’ve written posts about videos and illustrations which aid understanding of depression, and now it’s time for the humble ol’ book to make an appearance. We love books – they allow us to digest information at our own pace. To bookmark, highlight, re-visit, share with a friend and cherish. We asked our community, to share…

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Depression: Foods that Boost Mood and Energy

Depression Foods that Boost Mood and Energy

When we’re depressed, eating ‘properly’ is often the last thing on our minds.  Food is simply fuel – another item on an overwhelming to-do list of things that must be done, or a source of short-lived comfort. And yet, the foods we eat play a vital role in both our physical and our psychological health.  Making positive…

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Depression: Oh no, not again…

When I was diagnosed with depression, I assumed that it would be something that, with treatment, would get better. A one-off tough period in my life. That’s what an illness is, isn’t it?! Something you can recover from completely. I understood it might take time to recover but I was aiming for that upward line…

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Relationships & Depression: How to support each other

Depression & Relationships - How to support each other

Support is essential when we struggle with depression, and it’s good if that support can come from a variety of people and means. That said many of us a have a pivotal relationship – either romantic (with a spouse or a partner) or otherwise (with a close family member or friend) – which is put under particular stress…

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