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

Depression - a few comforting words on losing your identity

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


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


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


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


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


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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Depression: On Feeling Like an Imposter


Feeling like an imposter is something that those with depression are familiar with. We feel like we stand out like a sore thumb; for all the wrong reasons. It’s as though we just don’t fit it with other people; their ideals, their expectations, their perspectives, their abilities. Everyone seems cleverer, stronger, more beautiful, more deserving,…

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6 Apps Which Aid A Good Night’s Sleep


According to Aviva’s recent sleep survey, we’re all struggling more than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is imperative for maintaining emotional wellbeing and good physical health. Whilst we’re asleep our body and brain works hard to regulate hormones which regulate mood, energy and growth, renew cells, process the events of the previous…

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Starting the Day in a Mindful Way


How we start the day can have a big effect on how the rest of it plays out. We all know the phrase ‘Getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ and it seems to feel that way often for many of us. If we wake up feeling rubbish then everything that happens later…

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