Depression: Straightening Out Those Wonky Boundaries

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We all have personal boundaries: physical, emotional and mental limits we establish that let others know they can treat us, how they can behave around us, and what they can expect from us. The boundaries we adopt vary from person to person, depending on our values, beliefs and life experiences.  Ideally, our boundaries should work…

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Depression: On Making Mistakes

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Making mistakes is part of life. Unfortunately, when we have depression, the negative feelings that can come with making mistakes often get amplified. It can send us into a negative spiral and make us think and believe horrible things about ourselves. Depression can cause us to make more mistakes Some aspects of depression can cause…

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Depression: Your Rights At Work

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When we have depression, basic life tasks can be difficult, so trying to work on top of that can be a real challenge. Depression can interfere with our ability to work – for some of us that might mean we can’t work at all, for others it might mean that we need certain adjustments in the workplace….

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To Those Who Support Us With Depression, Thank You

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This is to those of you who support us with depression. Our parents, friends, GPs, nurses, mental health workers, siblings, partners, colleagues, and flatmates. We want to say thank you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for trying to understand. Thank you for not giving up on us. Thank you for continuing to try and…

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Rediscovering Ourselves when Depression Gobbles Us Up

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When we have depression – particularly when we’ve had it for a long time – it can feel as though our illness completely gobbles us up. Depression strips the joy out of all the activities we used to love, steals our ability to think clearly, and can make seeing our friends feel impossible. We might not…

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Depression: Debunking the Myths

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When talking to others about depression, we’re often greeted with a range of responses. Some of these responses are helpful and supportive, others are less so. Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions and myths surrounding depression. We asked our Peer Support Group to share those they’d encountered so we could ‘myth bust’ them. Myth:…

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Things to try when depression affects your memory and concentration

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Depression brings a whole heap of horrid symptoms to our door. We have no energy, problems sleeping, struggle to make decisions and lose interest in things which once brought us joy – to name just a few. Depression can also really limit our concentration and memory. It can be frustrating and disorientating (and sometimes a bit…

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Depression: Coping With Particularly Difficult Mornings

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Mornings can be particularly difficult when you have depression. We wake up, and it can feel like moving is impossible – our limbs feel heavy, our heads are particularly foggy, and energy levels are at an all-time low. The day stretching ahead can feel foreboding, we struggle with all the decisions that present themselves; what…

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Depression and exercise: tips on how (and if) to get started

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It’s one thing knowing that exercise is good for us, physically and mentally, but actually doing it when we’re exhausted and fighting depression… Well, that’s a whole different ball game. The benefits of exercise, for those with mild to moderate depression, have been well documented. But when your energy tank is on empty, exercise feels impossible….

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Depression: On Noise, Answering the Telephone and Making Decisions

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Depression both heightens and numbs. It’s an illness full of contradiction and confusion. The simple things become the hard things; sapping our motivation, headspace and energy. Fighting the negative thoughts is a never-ending cycle of frustration, anguish and despair. It’s no wonder then, that seemingly simple tasks become anything but simple. Things which were never…

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