Posts in Mental Health
Saturday Morning Coffee #24 - A Chat about Depression and Suicide

I feel like it's been forever since we had a true Saturday Morning Coffee sit down. I'm sorry to disappoint you but today's might not be exactly what you're looking for but it is something we all need to hear. I have struggled with finding a way to share information with y'all about depression and suicide without being too open and without turning people away, without opening myself up to criticism. I realize now that this isn't the time to be worried about what other people think. 

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5 Ways I Actually Deal with My Anxiety That You May Not Have Heard Before!

I want to preface this post by saying that I am not a medical professional or a licensed therapist but I have been coping with anxiety my entire life. So I know a thing or two about how to deal with anxiety. The past few weeks for me have been incredibly anxiety-inducing. There are so many changes happening and time seems to be going by so fast. Anyone of these life changes would give a normal person anxiety but to someone with generalized anxiety, that looks like a lot of tears and a lot of sleepless nights.

I don't know if you've noticed but this week I've been STRUGGLING to write blog posts. That's what I get for not sticking to my blog workflow but what can ya do? Anyways I figured one thing that I absolutely could write about this week was how I actually deal with my anxiety. Dealing with anxiety is different for everyone. There is no one right way to deal with anxiety. Each person is different and each of their chemical makeups is different. What works for my anxiety may not work for yours and vice versa. That's totally okay! The point of this post is for me to share some of the ways that I deal with my anxiety so that you can use them and see if any of them actually work for yours! 

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My Struggle with Anxiety Disorder + Depression

Yesterday was one of the bad days. The days where no matter how hard I try to fight my anxiety, it always seems to win. It's days like that in which the mask that I wear day to day slips, falls, and comes crashing to the floor. I have been pretty open with my anxiety and depression ever since I started blogging back in college but I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to actually sharing my experiences with anxiety. 

I don't know why my struggle with anxiety disorder is more difficult to talk about than my depression. Maybe, in some ways, it's because depression is easier to explain. That sounds ridiculous in my head but it's true. My depression can be explained. My anxiety, however, cannot. I am still trying to figure it out for myself so how could I possible sit down and type out on a laptop how it truly feels to live and battle with anxiety?

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5 Common Misconceptions People with Depression are Tired of Hearing

What is up everyone? For today's post I wanted to follow up to my previous posts (here and here)  about thriving with depression and address some common misconceptions about depression that I've encountered. There’s no argument that society as a whole tends to have a backwards view of mental illness. What do I mean by that? Well, we tend to think mental illness isn’t as serious as other illnesses, stigmatize it, etc. Information is misconstrued when it comes to illnesses like depression and anxiety (or just not researched at all) and that can be really detrimental to the actual mental health of someone who battles depression on a daily basis. Basically, it just plain old sucks when someone (*cough* society *cough*) minimizes or nullifies your feelings.

Specifically, I want to talk about five really common misconceptions about depression. If you have depression, chances are you’ve faced one of these five misconceptions at least once. But I don’t just want to focus on the misconceptions. I want to start a conversation about what we can do to overcome and change them. Here we go:

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What Every Twenty-Something Should Know about Depression and Relationships

I’ve written previously about depression in my Thriving with Depression post and today, I’m dishing some serious dirt on depression and relationships. Take a minute to do this for me: I want you to open up Google and type in “depression and relationships.” What do you see? A bunch of negative posts about how difficult it is dating someone with depression. At first, I was infuriated by some of these posts, especially this one. But then I realized not everyone is capable of dating someone who battles with depression.

Being in a relationship with someone who has depression is definitely not easy. It takes someone who can see past the dark days, who truly cares and loves an individual completely for who they are. I have a confession: before Justin, I truly thought that my depression made me unlovable. Even when I was on medication, I never really had control over my depression (let alone my anxiety). While I’ve gotten better at figuring out when I’m going into a depressive episode, it’s still difficult for me to pinpoint exactly when and how bad it will be. I’m so lucky to have Justin by my side in the dark days, but we didn’t just magically get to this place. Here are some key tips to keep in mind when dating someone with depression:

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How to Thrive with Depression | My Story + Depression Tracker

When I was brainstorming blog post ideas for the launch of this site, I couldn’t think of a better way to re-launch myself into the blogging world than by getting down and personal with all of you by sharing my depression and anxiety story. If you were one of my original readers who have heard this story before, or know me personally, I urge you to sit back and really read my story because I’ve updated it to be even more raw than last time (zero fluff).

If this is the first time you’ve come to my blog, welcome.  I have been inspired to really dig deep and discuss my experience with depression and anxiety on a more personal and in-depth level. As always, my goal for sharing my story has always been to help those in need who may be going through something similar. I hope you will find strength, hope, and support in my story. As a special bonus, I've also created a completely free depression tracker which is included in our resource library.

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