Category: Living with Depression

What Is A Blanket Fort Support System?

What Is A Blanket Fort Support System?

A blanket fort can be a place of safety and sanctuary, providing us with some much-needed comfort, a safe space – somewhere we can retreat to weather the storms. Thinking about the support we have in terms of a blanket fort can be really helpful. It can help us to put together a support system…

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Depression: When It’s Time To Ask For More Help

Depression: When It's Time To Ask For More Help

When we have depression, there are times when we need more help. Sometimes we already have some support. Sometimes we don’t have any support at all. But whatever the starting point; the more supported we feel, the more manageable depression feels. Signs That Our Depression Is Creeping Back Sometimes we have a brilliant run of…

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Depression: Getting Our Smartphones To Work For Us

Depression: Getting Our Smartphones To Work For Us

There are some pretty boisterous claims made about smartphones – with one writer claming that smartphones have ‘destroyed a generation’. Whether you agree with this claim or not, there is no doubt that the way we use our smartphones can have a positive, or negative, effect on our wellbeing. This can, at times, lead to…

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Depression: How To Cope With Feelings Of Anger

Depression: How To Cope With Feelings Of Anger

When we think of depression, symptoms such as numbness, sadness, and lethargy often spring to mind. Something we might not immediately think of, but have probably experienced, is a feeling of anger. Depression makes us irritable Irritability is often a symptom of depression, and it makes total sense; depression usually plays havoc with our sleep patterns. We spend…

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Mental Health: Our Favourite Podcasts

Mental Health: Our Favourite Podcasts

When we’re experiencing mental ill health, it can be difficult to follow the plot of a book or a TV programme. We often just don’t have the energy, or the ability to concentrate. Podcasts can be much less demanding, which makes them more accessible when we aren‘t feeling our best. Listening to people talk about…

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Taking Care Of Yourself This Exam Season

Taking Care Of Yourself This Exam Season

Exam season is always high-pressured; it’s am amalgamation of all of the things we’ve learned and the expectation that we’ll perform at our best. When we add depression to the mix, with its energy-sapping, memory-reducing, concentration-lapsing, and motivation-sucking ways, then it’s easy to see how exam season can become a source of substantial worry, anxiety…

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11 Symptoms Of Anxiety That Are More Common Than We Might Think

11 Symptoms Of Anxiety That Are More Common Than We Might Think

Anxiety is different from depression, but the two often go hand in hand. Depression can cause us to stop doing things, or even leaving the house for a while. When we then come to do these things again, it can cause us to feel incredibly anxious. Anxiety can sometimes lead to depression. It stops us…

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Depression: When We Feel Alone In A Room Of Our Favourite People

Depression: When We Feel Alone In A Room Of Our Favourite People

When living with depression, it’s common to feel alone no matter how many people we have around us. It can be painful. It can be difficult to understand. How can we possibly feel so lonely in a room filled with the people who matter the most to us? But we do feel lonely. We feel…

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Depression: Please Don’t Self-Blame

Depression: Please Don't Self-Blame

Depression corrodes our confidence and quite often, it brings with it a sense of shame and incessant self-blame. Even though we rationally know that depression is an illness, we might find that we get caught in a loop of beating ourselves up and blaming ourselves for how ill we are. We Blame Ourselves For Having…

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Isolation: When Social Media Is Our Window Into The Outside World

Isolation: When Social Media Is Our Window Into The Outside World

In relative terms, social media is new and we’re all still finding our feet with it. It’s a funny ol’ concept, people tend to either love it or hate it. Whilst it often gets quite a negative rap in the media, for those of us who are living with mental ill health, it can act…

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