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Low Motivation, Am I Depressed?

After a fun and leisurely weekend, Sunday night seems to creep up on us without warning.  We begrudgingly lay out our work clothes, prepare lunch for the kids, and set the alarm to go off in the wee hours of the morning.  It can sometimes be difficult to prepare for another work week, mentally adjusting […]

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Why You Don’t Have to Feel Ashamed of Birthday Depression

Maybe you didn’t get the memo, so here it is, minus a birthday present bow on top: The mental health profession doesn’t judge unhappy feelings as forbidden, wrong, or bad. Unhappiness is a normal part of human life. Sadness is one thing, though, and a sense of shame another. Both can be temporary. Depression, however, […]

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What Are the Signs of Depression in Men?

Depression is an issue that is not discriminatory. It affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and even genders. The signs and symptoms of depression are similar across the board; however, depending each individual those signs and symptoms can be displayed differently. Women tend to be more expressive in their symptoms and typically will focus […]

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What Is The Difference Between Unipolar and Bipolar depression?

Unipolar depression and bipolar depression are both categorized as mood disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5.  Mood disorders are characterized by distorted fluctuations in emotion and mood that interfere with normal, daily functioning.   An individual that possesses a mood disorder has difficulty regulating and staying in control of their […]

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Is There a Bipolar Test That Can Diagnose Me?

The short answer is: Not really. However, let’s take a few steps back and talk about Bipolar in general. The term bipolar is one of those commonly used as a descriptive term. When someone says, “I’m feeling depressed,” it could mean they legitimately have clinical depression or it could me they are feeling down or […]

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Train your Brain: Neuroscience and Depression

Imagine if you could have control over the workings of your mind.  Innovative findings in neuroscience tell us that we can actually train our brains in ways that will have a positive impact more than we think. Neuroscience provides evidence that our brains continue to develop and change throughout our lives. The concept of neuroplasticity […]

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How to Survive Each Day When You Have Crippling Depression

Crippling depression is like being caught in the middle of the ocean.  You are tired, alone, and have been swimming for minutes, which feel like hours.  You aren’t quite sure how you got there and find yourself unsuccessfully swimming against the current, desperately trying to stay above choppy waters.  As the waves relentlessly crash down […]

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The Ultimate Depression Quotes You Need to See

Depression and sadness are different mindsets. As J. K. Rowling put it, “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling.” Depression is a problem that feeds on […]

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I Don’t Want to do Anything: Lacking Motivation & What to do

You know the experience of wondering what you’ll do now that you don’t want to do anything. You also know the internal or external pressure to feel motivated or to at least act as if you’re motivated. But. You’re. NOT. Let’s skip the lousy vocabulary on your mind, and all the blame you’re heaping on […]

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No Motivation & Depression: Is There a Link?

Medical and psychological materials note that there’s often a clear link between depression and a loss of motivation. If you’re in the “no motivation” mood, the thoughts below might clear up the problem. Losing a loved one or a relationship, or moving to a new place can be stressful to the point that you feel […]