Category: Living with Depression

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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When Depression Is All We Feel We Know

When Depression Is All We Feel We Know

Depression is an insidious illness, in that it not only seeps into every aspect of our lives, it alters how we feel about ourselves. When we have had depression for a while, it can feel as though it’s all we know, as though it has well and truly gobbled us up. It can feel as…

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Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Living with depression is incredibly difficult; not just for those of us who are unwell, but for our loved ones too. There’s not one area of our lives that depression doesn’t touch. When a loved one has depression, we feel the affects of the illness on our relationships, and we often feel helpless, confused and…

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Depression: Why We Push People Away

Depression: Why We Push People Away

When we have depression, we oftentimes find ourselves withdrawing from our loved ones and sometimes, pushing people away. We don’t always know why, and it’s not always a conscious thing either, it’s confusing, painful and unsettling. It can be confusing for those around us, too, because if we don’t know why we’re pushing them away,…

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When Self-Kindness Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

When Self-Kindness Isn't As Easy As It Sounds

We’re encouraged to be kind to ourselves, but self-kindness isn’t always easy. Especially, if it’s the polar opposite of how we usually think and act. When our self-worth is low, which is really common when we are unwell with depression, then it’s hard to feel worthy of kindness – from anyone.   The way we…

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Depression: When We Don’t Feel As Though We’re Enough

Depression: When We Don't Feel As Though We're Enough

The devastating nature of depression often leads us to feel a whirlpool of not-so-nice things. Commonly, we feel that we’re not enough; good enough nor doing enough. The negative thoughts that lie and tell us that we’re useless, come at us thick and fast. We feel convinced that there’s a part of us that’s fundamentally lacking in…

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