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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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Ask Erin: I'm Exhausted By My Daughter's Depression

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I am at my limits of coping with my daughter’s depression. She is depressed and suffers from high anxiety. It is taking its toll.

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Daisies Grow Through The Cracks: Losing A Friend To Suicide

So many times in life, Daisy grew through the cracks, through what seemed like impossible obstacles.

I knew before I truly knew. When the icon revealing the new Facebook message from Daisy’s brother flashed on my screen, my heart fell to my feet.

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Iran Deserves Your Sympathy, Too

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America, we beg you to see us. We beg you to try to glance in our direction with something other than disgust. Iran deserves your sympathy!

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Enough With Thoughts And Prayers

Before you send “thoughts and prayers” to a friend or family member in pain, reflect on whether you could be doing more harm than good.

When my boyfriend broke up with me my sophomore year of high school, I was inconsolable.

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Want To Be A Better Friend? 8 Tips To Help You Achieve Your BFF Goals

It’s not sexy. It’s not dramatic. It’s not interesting. But it is meaningful and fulfilling, which is something that reality television will never ever be. (Photo by Andrew Robles on Unsplash)

I know that our group of friends is special. But the specialness comes from some core values that I will share with you. I will give you fair warning: these are not for people who are interested in receiving. These eight guidelines are for people who are interested in building a community.

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A Trump Voter At My Kitchen Table

Rafael voted for Trump, and he still supports the man. It's a testament to my isolated bubble that I had no idea how to respond. (Image Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The topic of Trump came up, and Rafael was immediately and vocally enthusiastic. But when he asked me why I didn’t like Trump, the collective weight of all the reasons crushed my brain, and I murmured, “Where to start?” He didn't wait for me to organize my anti-Trump arguments.

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'The First Thing Was I Felt Remembered:' LOVE Bracelets For Grieving Parents

Love for a child never goes away.

The original meaning of the LOVE bracelet, for me, was that my love for my son would never go away. It just was in a different form now. The physical was gone. But my bracelet was a reminder that the LOVE is always there. Six years down the road for me, I know there are so many other hard things that come along with losing a child.

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Don't Tell Me You're OK, When You Are Definitely Not OK

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If we aren’t going to be honest about how we really are, why are we asking?

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What My Suicide Attempt Taught Me About Love

Some people understood me immediately. They too had been suicidal, and they could empathize easily. Image: Thinkstock

Suicidality is a strange thing. Sometimes you think you’ve shaken it off, but it’s actually still there, quietly brewing under the surface until something triggers it.

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