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By: Emily McGuigan

*The charcoal artwork featured above is titled "Too Much" by Emily McGuigan*When I’m asked for an example of how I’ve used art therapy in my own recovery, I instantly think of a recent time in my life where my art actually resulted in me discovering some past trauma that I suppressed and also where it resulted in me addressing major...
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By: Janet Coburn

You often hear it said that a good belly laugh is as effective as a dose of antidepressants. You read author Allie Brosh's account of her depression breaking when she couldn't stop laughing at a piece of corn she noticed under the refrigerator.But for a lot of us with bipolar depression, laughter is not only not the cure, it simply isn't...
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By: Michelle Vasiliu 

My experience of bipolar I suffered from major depression from my late teens but I wasn't diagnosed with bipolar till 2007 when I was 40 years old. My form of bipolar is largely about extreme depressive episodes and less frequent hypomanic episodes. I've only had three major manic episodes - back in 2007 when I was first diagnosed and more...
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Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14th Mind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #SIF2017 We all have mental health – the same way we all have physical health. We believe mental health encompasses far more than the short list of disorders which affect one’s mood, behavior, or thinking. Mental health includes our emotional,...
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How Do You #MindYourMind?

October 5, 2017

Danielle Workman

“And now we will inhale, and as you exhale, move forward to Down Dog.”The voice of the yoga instructor was an octave too high and the cantation style tone of her voice was almost painful as she chirped her way through this short session of televised yoga. As I shifted my hips into the air and positioning my head towards the floor, I grumbled and...
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Emily McGuigan

Some days, I feel energetic and like I can accomplish everything I set out to.Some days, I wake up and feel like I didn’t even get a chance at having a good day. I have no desire to get out of bed or talk to anyone or study or go to the gym or read or think.Some days, I just need a break.And that’s okay.It took me years to start realizing that it...
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For the last seven years, I was more stable than in the past 20 all put together.  Nearly three years ago, I started eating more healthfully. A year and a half ago, I started running and strength training. Then I started obsessing over my weight and my food and increasing my workouts to one hour seven days a week on top of working a full-time...
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By: Julie A. Fast

Congratulations on your diagnosis. I know! Most people don’t send out a party announcement when they hear they have bipolar disorder, so I am congratulating you for being so honest and open about having this illness.I remember my first bipolar disorder mania. I was 17 and in Europe. It was sunny and life was so perfect.      I...
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By Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

My first experiences with mental health conditions are the reasons that I co-founded The Youth Mental Health Project. I believe that by changing the way we talk about and how we act with regard to our children’s mental health, we can create better outcomes for ourselves, our children, and future generations. That is why the International Bipolar...
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By: Christine Saenz

 I am three-time suicide attempt survivor; I know first hand what it is like to be in that dark place of feeling hopeless. Battling a mental illness can be an exhausting and lonely place. Mental illness can bully your mind into believing that you are a burden and your family and friends will be better off without you, when it simply isn’t...
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"Bipolar" Is The Wrong Word

September 5, 2017

By: James Phelps, M.D.

“Bipolar” is the wrong word. Worse than inaccurate -- it’s directly misleading:1. Depression is the main problem for most folks. Bipolar should be called “Depression Plus."2. Depression and manic symptoms frequently occur together, in “mixed states."3. Many people with “unipolar” depression also have manic symptoms.4. There is no dividing line...
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Finding Solace in Art Therapy

September 1, 2017

By: Emily McGuigan

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward HopperAs an artist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), I have primarily used drawing and painting to help me cope with and explain traumatic or stressful events in my life, but also to discover who I am as a person. Art allows me to...
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