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Yes, everyone worries. That is why I say that ‘Worried Wanda’ is the ‘sneakiest ‘Depression Go-Away’. She seems normal. But for those struggling with depression she is more than normal. She is a serious symptom to be dealt with.
Why? Because there is a difference between everyday worry and depression worry. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Irrational Irene’, do you know her? Is she you? Sometimes? Often? Seldom?
Why have I chosen this smiling positive face for ‘Irrational Irene’?
Because, if you have a mental disorder, and you are being irrational, you usually don’t know you are irrational at all. You may believe at that moment you are more rational than you have ever been in your life. You are often confident and forthright like this image of ‘Irrational Irene’. Do you understand what I am saying? Read the rest of this entry »
I know this fellow looks carefree but he is actually ‘manic’. He is one of my ‘Depression Go-Aways’ cast of characters. I call him Manic Matthew.
‘Manic’ can present itself in many ways. ‘Manic’ is the other side of the mental disorder called ‘Bipolar Disorder’. Bipolar is a form of depression which shares the same symptoms as other forms of depression. It also has a flip side to the depressive side and that is ‘manic’. Read the rest of this entry »
We all know this guy, Angry Andrew. He is the second ‘Depression Go-Away’ character I am introducing to you. Of course Angry Andrew is no stranger to anyone who lives with depression. Anger is a huge component in depression and one which cannot be ignored, or entertained for too long. Read the rest of this entry »
Warning: Don’t invite any of my ‘Depression Go-Aways’ for tea!
I will never forget the day I met my first mother-in-law. It didn’t take her long to get right into chatting about her woeful life with me even though we had just met. I couldn’t believe so many awful things could happen to one person!
I was a young innocent nineteen year old college student. I grew up in a very sheltered positive home, one where the motto was ‘if you couldn’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’. I was not used to such negativity. I was overwhelmed with her sad stories. Read the rest of this entry »
This year I decided to live in Italy. It is now the sixth country that I’ve been a resident of. The other countries I’ve been a resident of are, Poland, Finland, England, Thailand, and my birth country Canada.
I’m a hockey coach and writer, and I’ve been very blessed to have those jobs take me all over the world. I’ve worked with NHL hockey teams (LA Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets) I’ve won some championships, and lost some championships. I’ve been hired and fired. I’ve made some amazing friends along the way, and some enemies too. Oh, and through it all I’ve been struggling with depression. Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t you just love the way children laugh? They hold nothing back. They are so free! FREE is not a word we associate with depression, but if you decide to add laughter to your medicine chest, then for a moment or two, you can be as free as this child. Read the rest of this entry »
Oh this is such fun. Just talking about laughter makes me feel better, at least while I am doing it.
If you haven’t laughed yet today, you better go here first to the American’s Funniest Home Videos site and watch for awhile.
Now for a little scientific talk on why laughing is so medicinal. Here are a few pieces of information which I gleaned from an article on Naturalnews. The article is based on a book ‘The Five Habits of Health Transformation’ by Mike Adams. Read the rest of this entry »
Bet you didn’t know horses can laugh, did you? Okay, so I think we probably all agree that it is fun to laugh. Laughing is universal.
But maybe if you are reading this and you are one of the many who suffer from depression, you are wondering if laughing isn’t a little pointless. I mean, what difference is it really going to make in the long run? Read the rest of this entry »
The secret’s out! Laughter is depression’s secret weapon which you have already discovered if you ready yesterday’s post.
You may as well get started benefitting from this wonderful free weapon. Go ahead and laugh! If you need a little assistance, maybe you would like to look at a couple of these silly YouTube sites and see if you can resist laughing.
Bill Cosby said: “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Do you agree with Bill Cosby? Read the rest of this entry »