A Simple Solution to Depression? It Doesn’t Exist

Each person’s treatment is unique just as each person is unique.

Therese J. Borchard

P4150038T.S. Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

I remembered those words yesterday, as I strolled around the Holistic Health Fair in Annapolis. Presented by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, it occupied three floors of the Loew’s Hotel devoted to massage therapists, acupuncture specialists, detox experts, yoga instructors, and professionals from all kinds of local healing and wellness centers.

Ironically, they were all the same professionals that I met ten years ago when, at the lowest point of my breakdown, I decided to drop modern science like a boyfriend with bad breath and go the holistic route. I was sure that someone had the one and only solution that would heal me of my inner demons, the magic urn of ancient cat pee, that with only…

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Ten Things I’ve Learned from My Depression – Guest Post by Surviving The Specter

Mental Health Writers' Guild

tw-sign6The following is a guest post submitted by Chris over at Surviving the Specter and is published with his permission.

At the head of his post Chris places the following note: “Note to Reader: This post mentions my suicide attempt. If this is a trigger, please do not read it at this time. May peace find you in your valley, my friend.

So in compliance with my standard policy I am displaying the Trigger Warning sign in order to emphasise the need for caution.

Ten Things I’ve Learned from My Depression.

Survivingspecter1Hi there! My name is Chris and I’ve lived with clinical depression since middle school. On 9/14/14 attempted to take my life. I was saved by my friends who arrived after I had blacked out. In hindsight, these are the ten lessons my depression has taught me. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

  1. My Faith. 

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5 Physical Signs You May Be Depressed

Therese J. Borchard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo these questions sound familiar?

  • Are you tired or fatigued?
  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?
  • Do you have little interest in doing things you once enjoyed?
  • Do you feel sad, depressed, or hopeless?

They are typical questions asked by a doctor (psychiatrist, general practitioner, gynecologist) or provided in a questionnaire to screen for depression. However, you could be snoozing like a baby, performing at work just fine, and training for a marathon only to have some really bad back pain that won’t go away.

Could it be depression?

Yes.

In a study published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 69 percent of persons who met the criteria of depression consulted a doctor for aches and pains. Mood disorders can show up in surprising symptoms – like migraines, bloating, backaches, or joint pain.

Moreover, these aches and pains don’t go away – and can get downright dangerous — if the depression…

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Postpartum Bipolar Disorder Research Study

My friend Dyane over at Birth of a New Brain is recruiting for the first study  that specifically addresses mothers, stigma and bipolar disorder in the postpartum period (0-12 months). It’s being conducted by her friend Dr. Walker Karraa, author of the acclaimed book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” (the #1 bestseller in the Amazon postpartum book category!!!) and founder of Stigmama.

I am helping her spread awareness on this very important study. Also a mutual friend, and writer/mental health advocate  Kitt O’Malley, blogged about Dr. Karraa’s study requirements.

Here are the requirements for the research study entitled “The Stigma of Mental Illness for Mothers Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 0-12 Months Postpartum.”

Participant inclusion criteria includes: (a) having received a clinical diagnosis for bipolar disorder 0-12 months postpartum; (b) being able to give informed consent; (c) speaking English; (d) having access to phone and email; (e) and willingness to participate; (f) at least 18 years of age.

Participants will participate in one 60-90 minute, audio taped, phone interview with the principal investigator. Participants will be asked to review transcribed interview and return to principal investigator. The total time commitment for participation is estimated at 4 hours spread over several weeks.

If you know of potential participants, or colleagues who may be interested in sharing this recruitment letter, please share the attached recruitment letter, or contact Dr. Kerraa, Phd at walkerkarraa@email.phoenix.edu, or 818-489-8192.

 

Writing 201: Poetry Potluck

Today for Poetry Potluck in my Writing 201 class, we had to reblog a favorite poem of ours.
I loved this one titled “In my thoughts I laugh at you.” As I was reading I related to that two faced person we all have to be sometimes. Then the poem escalated, and it became slightly disturbing but ever so intriguing. It flows really well and stayed with me.

Homo est Machina

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In my thoughts I laugh at you
while outwardly I nod.
Believe the lies I hold for true
and worship me as god.

In my eyes I see you through
while outwardly I look away.
You really do not have a clue
that I have led you far astray.

In my heart I hate your breath
while outwardly I blow a kiss.
I hope you have a painful death
and evaporate in the abyss.

In my soul I wish you dead
while outwardly I smile.
Your life is hanging on a thread
that I’ve been cutting for a while.

In my mind I see your grave
while outwardly I pray for you.
All your life you’ve been a slave
whom I attempted to subdue.

While outwardly it seems so odd
in my heart I do not care.
I live my life as a god –
dead, unconscious, unaware.

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