mental health awareness

6 Questions To Ask Someone You Love When They're Fighting Depression

Depression can be mild or intense, and depression can result from a physical, emotional, or environmental dilemma or a combination of of these factors.

Depression can be mild or intense, and depression can result from a physical, emotional, or environmental dilemma or a combination of of these factors.

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Antidepressants Have Changed Who I Am — And That’s Okay ​

I’m doing all I can to learn how to accept my new identity and this new normal because at the end of the day, my antidepressants are keeping me alive.

I’m doing all I can to learn how to accept my new identity and this new normal because at the end of the day, my antidepressants are keeping me alive.

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Money Does Not Prevent Depression — But It Probably Makes It Easier To Survive It

While money does not prevent depression, it does facilitate the potential for happiness, or at the very least more management of unhappiness.

While money does not prevent depression, it does facilitate the potential for happiness, or at the very least more management of unhappiness.

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Telling An Anxiety Sufferer To 'Just Calm Down' Is Both Stupid And Toxic

Bottom line: we don’t always know why we’re anxious, and it’s not our fault.

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I Have A Mental Illness; Should I Have Children?

If I stop taking my medications, what will my life become? (Image: Thinkstock)

I live with bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, and complex PTSD. I take Effexor, Klonopin, Depakote, and Adderall. I knew I needed to talk to my psychiatrist about what changes I’d need to make before we could try to have a baby. The chances that none of these medications would affect a growing fetus was impossible in my mind. But I never expected what Dr. G told me.

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On Self-Harm: The Scars That Remain 

I wavered between pride and self-loathing. Those marks were mine; I had made them.

The first time I was inspired to injure myself was when I was thirteen. I had just read Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, an advice book my mother had hidden on the shelf between some garish ceramic dancing girls, books on cocker spaniels, and her and my father’s decaying wedding cake topper. In the book, a well-meaning psychologist told stories about teenage girls acting out, and self-injury was just one of many ways. I wasn’t the type to climb out the window on a rope made of bed sheets, so self-harm made a lot of sense.

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How To Write Ethically About Mental Illness

When writing about something beyond personal experience, the key is doing it with respect.

Sending words into the world is a privilege — as well as a heavy responsibility.

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Ask Aunt Ginger: Self-Care For Mental Health

Ask Aunt Ginger!

This week in Aunt Ginger we're talking about Mental Health Awareness. Ginger offers strategies for mental health self-care.

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Ask Aunt Ginger: Self-Care For Mental Health

Ask Aunt Ginger!

This week in Aunt Ginger we're talking about Mental Health Awareness. Ginger offers strategies for mental health self-care.

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