New Article Posted Today On Mental Illness and Stigma

Written by dr. j. Posted in Depression

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Do you sometimes feel a little out of sorts?
A little different?

I posted a new article today on getting help for depression, coping with stress and the conflicts that goes on about being perceived as mental. I’ve recanted a story about someone who was suffering from depression and how their family handled it…or should I say, mishandled it.

The article is entitled, "Does Being Mental Mean I’m Crazy?"

When You’re Tired Of Fighting The Blues

Written by dr. j. Posted in Depression

Summer is just around the corner.

And my office has been full of people who somehow cannot embrace the energy that surrounds them because…

they’ve got the blues!

Yep depression has hit mighty hard this year. Usually as we get into the warmer weather, most people ‘trend up’ with their emotions. This year has been most notably for over 90% of my clients trending DOWN with their emotions…that is, into depression.

Why is this year so different?

Maybe it is because winter started last August. For the first time since I’ve been alive, August was COLD and wet – not the usual picture for the month noted for its hot summer nights. And September was also cold for at least 1/2 of it.

Then October had the first snows, which were expected due to the early cooling. And this year…

winter dragged on

Maybe in was the bitter arctic front that made its way down for several weeks in an area it usually never visits.

Maybe it is a combination of all of these factors. All I know is…depression is so common here that it isn’t unusual for in a conversation to find that one out of ever 2 or 3 folks in my office are ON an antidepressant.

So, how do you fight off the blues when good weather seems to be bringing it out of you?

First, if you feel like you’re sinking in quicksand,