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  • Worth fighting for… | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    anxiety Despite counseling and medication however Bennett s deep seated depression persisted He decided to take a medical leave from his high stress job in 2011 then went on disability a few months later Although he is grateful for the time to focus on healing he admits that not being able to work was a further hit to his vulnerable self image Learning to see depression as an illness not a character flaw has given him another tool to defuse his self criticism I finally realized that if I didn t accept that depression was a disease I couldn t begin to get through it he explains I have to tell myself every day You have a disease lighten up on yourself Positive power The idea of being worthless is a thought habit and unless you recognize old habits you can t change them Solomons points out Cognitive behavioral therapy helps identify self defeating thought patterns offers a more realistic way of thinking and lets you rehearse different ways of dealing with situations Shari says those principles had a profound impact on her recovery after her business failed her depression rebounded and she began to have panic attacks I was relying on two depression medications to make it through the day and not just curl up in a ball in my bed she recalls This time Shari recognized that she needed to reframe her thoughts rather than rearrange her life She turned to a business transformation coach trained in a positive self improvement technique I now understand that What we think about we bring about she explains The more I felt sorry for myself the sorrier my life got Shari began repeating affirmations and practicing mindfulness When negative thoughts popped into her head she told herself This thought doesn t serve me well What could I think instead I became conscious of my thought patterns reversing the negative self talk and practicing more positive ways of responding and it began to change my state of mind she explains You re the author of your own views about yourself and you have the power to rewrite them Solomons suggests rehearsing responses to various scenarios like an actor rehearsing a script asking How would someone with high self esteem deal with the same situation You re the author of your own views about yourself and you have the power to rewrite them he says That s gospel truth for Shari who found another job as an IT project manager and stays focused on better work life balance In fact she wrote a book about time management I m on top of the world she says I see that life is a choice instead of a series of circumstances happening to me Goal oriented Setting and achieving goals is also essential to overcoming depression boosting positive feelings and rebuilding self esteem When you re depressed you don t tend to see your accomplishments as valuable and feel no sense of power or control over your life says Wehrenberg When you can t see what your value is you can t easily see solutions to problems Wehrenberg suggests picking small goals sorting the laundry walking around the block writing a grocery list and choosing a reward for accomplishing them It works because the amount of energy you have when you re depressed is so limited she explains People often discount the importance of taking a small step but every time you take an action in a positive direction you feel better Kendra F was pursuing two big goals a degree in forensic psychology and a position on Canada s national women s hockey team when she started experiencing heart palpitations dizziness stomach pain insomnia and trouble concentrating Instead of racing between the classroom and the rink Kendra spent increasing amounts of time alone in her Toronto apartment I had the whole world going for me and all I wanted to do was lie on the couch and not deal with anything recalls Kendra 32 Kendra saw a cardiologist a neurologist and a gastrointestinal specialist After each exam the doctors told Kendra she was in perfect health It was only after Kendra s symptoms drove her from the Team Canada tryouts in 1999 that someone from the hockey program suggested she see a psychologist Shortly after that Kendra was diagnosed with depression anxiety disorders and agoraphobia I became conscious of my thought patterns and practicing more positive ways of responding and it began to change my state of mind Kendra stopped seeing friends and dropped out of school Her sense of self worth eroded as she began to believe she could never get her degree or succeed in the sport she loved I had this entire life mapped out I was working toward my dreams and quite successful and then it all disappeared when I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety Kendra says I had zero faith I d be able to get through it and I gave up I thought if I didn t try I couldn t fail and I hoped not failing would alleviate the depression Kendra says she resisted both her diagnosis and treatment for nearly five years Finally she says I got to a point where I needed to believe there was more to life I became more actively engaged in my recovery reset the expectations and learned to recognize my achievements and started to build on them At the suggestion of her therapist Kendra started setting small goals and allowed herself to feel successful for meeting them I used to live a very extreme life where everything was win or lose and I wasn t used to feeling like I could accomplish some things but not everything she explains Kendra congratulated herself for preparing healthy meals tackling household chores and running errands all activities she took for granted before her diagnosis Although it seemed silly to be celebrating such small achievements Kendra says she did feel a sense of

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  • Physical Signs of Depression: Hear your BODY talk! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    this I need help recalls Nielle 36 The doctors were treating the problems like isolated instances and each time I got a different treatment Even Nielle believed her problems had different causes She attributed the pain in her neck and shoulders to her work as a web designer which kept her sitting in front of the computer for long periods She thought her frequent headaches could be linked to her menstrual cycle Nielle continued to take various prescription and over the counter medications in hopes of relieving the problems but had no luck It was a series of emotional symptoms including low mood and feeling weepy that led Nielle to see a therapist this spring When the therapist gave her a diagnosis of depression Nielle learned her physical symptoms were likely triggered by her emotional state Now that I know the cause of nausea headaches and muscle pain I have a game plan for feeling better Now that I know the cause I have a game plan for feeling better explains Nielle who credits regular sessions with her therapist medications meditation a good diet and regular exercise with alleviating both her emotional and physical symptoms Research published in the Journal of Family Practice found that family physicians were accurate in diagnosing depression in 67 percent of patients who reported only emotional complaints but were accurate just 29 percent of the time when patients complained of multiple medical concerns Part of the blame lies with patients who talk to their doctors about their physical health while ignoring or refusing to discuss their emotional health The WHO report found that of the patients who sought medical care for multiple physical symptoms and were later diagnosed with depression 11 percent denied experiencing any psychological symptoms of depression even when doctors asked specific questions about their emotional health Stigma makes many patients reluctant to discuss emotional symptoms with their doctors says Gregory Simon MD MPH a psychiatrist at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle Washington and lead author of the WHO report on somatic symptoms The body mind dichotomy in the medical profession further complicates matters he adds Patients who are seeing their primary care doctors are going to talk about how they re feeling physically and patients who are seeing mental health professionals are going to talk about how they re feeling emotionally says Simon The corollary says Keith Dobson is that practitioners naturally ask about issues in their own fields It s not that doctors are ignoring obvious complaints says Dobson It s more a case that they tend to ask more about the physical signs of illness because that s their focus as family doctors The flip side Dobson adds is that mental health professionals tend to focus on psychological symptoms and don t inquire about physical conditions Both Dobson and Simon stress the need for primary care doctors to perform thorough medical exams that go beyond just assessing physical health encouraging patients to express their full range of symptoms In some cases Simon explains practitioners have to be alert to what s left unspoken Doctors need to ask questions that ll help distinguish between what people are feeling and what they re talking about he says CULTURE MATTERS When it comes to talking to the doctor about illness culture plays an important role in how patients relate their symptoms Andrew Ryder PhD associate professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec studies how culture affects the experience diagnosis and treatment of depression Understanding culture is essential to understanding depression he explains Cultures differ in what s appropriate and inappropriate to talk about and it s the culture that informs the diagnosis and treatment Doctors need to ask questions that ll help distinguish between what people are feeling and what they re talking about A 2008 study for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH in Canada examined cultural differences in the expression of the physical and emotional symptoms of depression Ryder was among the researchers who found that participants in East Asia were more likely to emphasize physical complaints while participants in North America focused on their psychological symptoms It s not that the participants in East Asia aren t feeling emotions it s that they re not focusing on them to the same extent he explains Some cultures think it s appropriate to go to the doctor and complain about appetite loss or pain but it s not appropriate to talk about feelings of guilt In some cultures a physical complaint will get you medication and time off of work but an emotional complaint could get you labeled as lazy Researchers who have studied depression in Hispanic communities have reported similar findings A study at the University of Califonia Los Angeles School of Medicine published online in General Hospital Psychiatry last year found that low income Hispanic Americans with depression were less likely to take medication and keep scheduled medical appointments in part because mental illnesses like depression are stigmatized in their culture African Americans also face barriers in getting an accurate diagnosis for depression A study published in the Journal of Family Practice in 2006 found that African Americans are more likely to report physical symptoms of depression which can complicate the diagnosis of depression and less likely to use outpatient mental health services which can inhibit treatment According to Ryder the CAMH research shows that in general those who have lower socioeconomic status and those from rural areas are less willing to talk about their emotions and more apt to focus on physical complaints Men also are more likely to talk about physical rather than psychological symptoms of depression In all of these cases there s a danger of not receiving a diagnosis or taking longer to diagnose and that makes it more difficult to get treatment Ryder says TWO FOR ONE TREATMENT Michael knows first hand how an accurate diagnosis is essential to appropriate treatment Though he was diagnosed with depression in 1997

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  • Women, Hormones and Moods | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    of major depression and or anxiety and severe irritability during the second half of the menstrual cycle Just as with PMS related depression science and society have slowly come to recognize postpartum depression as a legitimate disorder that benefits from treatment Symptoms can vary from lethargy sleep disturbances guilt and crying bouts to excessive anxiety about the baby emotional numbness and anger According to Christie Palladino MD MSc senior author of a study on risk factors for suicide in pregnant and postpartum women research shows that depressive disorders affect 14 to 23 percent of women in those groups and anxiety disorders affect 10 to 12 percent Yet in many cases postpartum depression still gets written off as the baby blues as if it s an inevitable part of having a baby Women with a history of depression are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period and those who stop taking antidepressants after conception may experience a relapse during pregnancy Experts caution that decisions about medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be made carefully and in consultation with a doctor Lisa white knuckled it through her first pregnancy staying off medication right through the first five months of breastfeeding her daughter She went off her medication again when she got pregnant two years later but this time around chose not to breastfeed resumed medication immediately after her son was born and lined up help around the house to reduce her stress and isolation Now as a psychotherapist in private practice she finished her internship when her daughter was 20 months old Lisa draws on personal insight to help clients with postpartum depression disarm their inner critical voices I encourage clients to let go of the idea of the perfect parent and teach them strategies for recognizing and challenging their irrational thoughts she explains When she needs to cope with her own depression she turns to her support network for help and tries harder to balance family and work responsibilities with self care and fun In the past I d feel like I was doing something wrong I m not blaming myself anymore Public awareness campaigns to spotlight postpartum depression with help from famous faces such as actress Brooke Shields have brought the condition out of the shadows The physiological downside of perimenopause needs that kind of media attention according to Ruta Nonacs MD PhD a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School The years when menstruation is winding down can be marked by hot flashes sleep disturbances mood swings and other symptoms caused by wildly fluctuating estrogen levels Support groups some with hip names like the Red Hot Mamas the largest menopause management education program in the U S try to empower women to become advocates for better care Medication hormone replacement therapy and other interventions can smooth the transition to menopause What frustrates me the most is that sometimes I see women who have endured symptoms for several years Nonacs says and they say Everybody told me this is normal Perimenopause is increasingly recognized as a high risk period for depression whether or not women have a previous history of depression A study from the University of Pittsburgh published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in June 2010 found that perimenopause and menopause were risk factors for depression and that an increase in testosterone levels was significantly associated with depressive symptoms Exactly which hormones are implicated in perimenopausal depression and exactly how remains a puzzle Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found a strong correlation between higher levels of estradiol another sex hormone and onset of depression at perimenopause Some studies have shown that depressed women are more likely to get hot flashes and women with hot flashes are more likely to experience depression but it s unclear how the two are related Research led by Susan G Kornstein MD executive director of the Institute for Women s Health at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown not only that women may respond to antidepressants differently than men but also that they may respond to medication differently at different times in their lives She led the first large trial assessing a pharmacological treatment for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with depression published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in August 2010 That and other studies over the past decade have caused a shift in thinking about how menopausal symptoms should be managed notes Claudio N Soares MD PhD FRCPC who has written extensively on the association between menopause and depression More researchers are realizing that women s brain functioning has unique features like the heightened sensitivity to hormone changes says Soares a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario and that it s probably a smart move to tailor treatment strategies for their needs Women like Maureen P of Brewster New York welcome the growing understanding that their hormones and depression interact As a teenager Maureen had two gynecologists dismiss the idea that her monthly cycle had anything to do with her sadness and fatigue they blamed midterms and other adolescent related stressors Eventually diagnosed with clinical depression after being hospitalized in her early 20s she fell into postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter Her therapist s response You re in therapy so you ll be fine You probably really wanted a boy At her husband s insistence she switched to a psychiatrist who put her on medication and she reached out to a self help group for support Now that she has reached perimenopause Maureen s history makes her more aware of her current mood symptoms including irritability and edginess and the reason for them In the past I d feel like I was doing something wrong says Maureen 47 Now I think Just ride this out and things will probably get better in a couple of days I m not blaming myself anymore Sidebar Simple Strategies Hormone changes throughout a

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  • SOUNDOFF! Women & Hormones | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    like arguing Name Withheld DAYTON OH I HAVE DEFINITELY been struggling with depression more since perimenopause began My meds are not really working like before I am not sure what to do to make this go away so I can feel like myself again L H via hopeforum DEPRESSION AND my menstrual cycle are definitely linked My depression is at its worst in the week or so leading up to my period I try and remember that this is a part of my PMS and that it will pass J P OTTAWA ON I HAVE BEEN taking meds for depression for 10 plus years with decent results The past two years I am not getting the relief that I had been getting I feel that my hormones are out of balance due to perimenopause L H LEBANON TN I HAVE ALWAYS EXPERIENCED a change of mood and personality two to three days prior to menstruation whether it be increased irritability or increased depression I keep a mood chart to measure these changes I also devised an electronic calendar to remind me when to expect these episodes I inform my loved ones that I may require more patience understanding and alone time I also rely on yoga aromatherapy spa music sage tea and an herbal supplement for PMS Name Withheld BOULDER CO PREGNANCY IS the best time for me I don t need meds and I m stable calm and happy My monthly cycle is a challenge Every month I feel so out of control of my emotions and thoughts What has helped me during this time is to remember that I am going through PMS and that it is temporary and will pass Exercise helps with stress as well as lowering my salt and sugar intake K S GLENDALE CA I HAVE BEEN DEALING with depression for more than 20 years Menopause has been particularly difficult When I get the least bit stressed I become very flushed and sweat on my face and head profusely to the point that my hair actually becomes dripping wet I am already uncomfortable around most people and this embarrassing condition makes me even less willing to be around others I spend a lot of time alone contributing to my loneliness and feelings of insignificance G P OAK CREEK WI NO ONE TOLD ME that in the 10 years before menopause natural changes would happen that would really affect me Pre menopause increased my PMS significantly I had no idea what was wrong with me Good news is I have finally discovered there are natural progesterone supplements that help me and balance me It relieved PMS mood swings entirely I haven t experienced this in years L S NASHVILLE TN I HAD POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION Hopelessness made me think I had no control I had thoughts of being a terrible mom I did attempt suicide With medication psychiatric appointments and cognitive behavioral classes I learned when I feel a certain way it does not mean it

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  • One-Two Punch | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    had to escape whatever situation I was in Michael recalls As his condition worsened Michael turned to a psychiatrist When he got his double diagnosis he worried that others would see him as a freak I was embarrassed to tell my friends he recalls so I stayed in my room and listened to music hiding Michael admits he still feels some embarrassment about not conforming to ideals of masculine fortitude Societal expectations that a man should be a good breadwinner also weigh heavily on him After working more than 40 different jobs in his 20s and 30s from forklift operator to massage therapist Michael applied for disability benefits When I meet other men and they ask what I do for a living I make up stories he says The fact that I m not working really depresses me Kevin meanwhile acknowledges that having anxiety and depression has hindered his professional success It s holding back my career he says I should be going to conventions meeting potential clients and promoting my company but the thought of putting myself out there like that makes me really anxious Danger zone Research shows that when anxiety and depression occur together the course of illness is often more chronic and more severe with greater impact on quality of life than with either disorder alone And treating one but not the other may worsen symptoms of both Both the anxiety and the depression must be addressed in order for treatment to be successful Pizzagalli says Not seeking treatment at all meanwhile can have serious health consequences Men who are diagnosed with anxiety face double the risk of developing diabetes and are four to six times more likely to die from sudden heart failure There are other life threatening factors to consider as well The risk of not being diagnosed or not addressing the underlying issue is the risk of depression and anxiety progressing to a dark place notes Ogrodniczuk According to Pizzagalli the temptation to self medicate is also a big issue for men Men with mood disorders have higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse he explains It s a maladaptive way of coping that can lead to other problems including addiction Men with mood disorders have higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse It s a maladaptive way of coping that can lead to other problems including addiction Michael numbed his symptoms with alcohol for decades before he quit drinking in 2000 I started drinking and smoking anything I could get my hands on to relieve the anxiety and sadness but the symptoms just escalated he recalls He now uses yoga meditation and therapy to help him relax and combat low moods Because resources are limited in his rural community he participates in a weekly group counseling session over the telephone I live for that call says Michael It helps me so much to know that I m not alone Bonding Benefits Despite the fact that men are more apt to be guarded studies have shown that group therapy especially in all male groups helps men overcome emotional isolation fosters interpersonal connectedness and offers a safe environment to express vulnerable emotions Peer support is extremely valuable notes Dave Gallson associate national executive director for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada It provides the opportunity to learn how others have recovered from the illness hear valuable lessons about what worked for other people and most importantly it offers the benefits of hearing directly from people who will let you know that you are not alone Building informal support networks meanwhile can be especially challenging for men because of their socialized need not to appear needy or vulnerable Many men are reluctant to disclose their diagnosis even to friends Admitting to having depression and anxiety is the mental health equivalent of coming out of the closet says William B 37 It feels like such a big deal and you re never certain how other people are going to react William a consumer researcher from Charlotte North Carolina was initially pretty secretive about his 2004 diagnosis of depression and anxiety At the time he was certain that a cascade of stressful life events including losing his job and learning his mother had cancer were to blame for his condition William agreed to a medication regimen and therapy to get through what he saw as a temporary rough patch expecting his symptoms of sadness fatigue hopelessness and anxiety would disappear when his circumstances improved I thought I need help now to get out of this spot and once I m back on my feet things will go back to normal he recalls Admitting to having depression and anxiety is the mental health equivalent of coming out of the closet When traces of his symptoms lingered despite treatment and lifestyle changes William realized his need for medication and counseling might be ongoing He decided it was time to tell his friends I resigned myself to the fact that I couldn t do this alone he says When I told them it was surprisingly not a big deal Though Kevin suspects his friends wouldn t judge him for his diagnosis he still feels uncomfortable talking about it I wouldn t want them to feel weird around me or worry that they needed to do something to help me he says I just don t know what I would gain from it According to Ogrodniczuk there is plenty to gain from seeking the support of friends and family Fear is really self defeating he says You need to perceive your willingness to seek treatment to deal with depression and anxiety as a sign of strength Asking for support is the manly thing to do a sign that you re taking control of your life William agrees Everyone I told was supportive he recalls It was a good reminder that they weren t going to let news of my diagnosis define me All they cared about was wanting me to feel

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  • SoundOFF! Men at Midlife | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    acceptance of the aging process helps to avoid the regrets of yesteryear that bring on depressive episodes B H Calgary AB The thing I have noticed here at midlife is asking myself What have I accomplished that is of lasting good This causes me to dip into some depression and anxiety because here at 52 I haven t accomplished much The way I am handling it is to turn to God for help I will just have to be patient do what I believe is right and wait to see what He has in store for me This has helped calm my depression and anxiety in these matters E G F Victorville CA Noticing physical changes feeds my depression and anxiety Trying to focus on my life going forward rather than looking back is one way I cope M F Olympia WA As I age my losses ability to play sports my physical looks jobs deaths of family members and friends are magnified I keep a journal of my life events and reread them years later to see my patterns of reacting to the hills and valleys of life I stay productive continuing to preach and write I do blessed grieving of my life losses but go forward with the reality and limitations of life Name Withheld Tagged with Men Reader Response About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Men Depression NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuck February 1 2015 9 53 am The former hockey goalie shares his story on confronting his depression and anxiety By Linda Childers There was a time when the face SoundOFF Resilience You August 4 2014 8 10 am The Question Resilience is the ability to thrive despite adversity How have you weathered challenges and difficulties in your life What traits and skills SOUNDOFF Brain Food November 4 2013 8 12 am Readers respond Do you have an art outlet and how does it help you in coping with depression or anxiety SOUNDOFF Tech support August 5 2013 10 55 am SOCIAL MEDIA and the INTERNET can be useful tools in coping with depression and anxiety How do you use them and what has been most CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more

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  • Straight to the HEART | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    itself is a significant risk factor for heart disease Scherrer says We all know the ABCs of good health exercise regularly don t smoke eat lots of fruits and vegetables and limit fatty foods A five year study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA in November 2008 found that heart patients with depression are less likely to maintain those healthy habits Researchers followed 1 000 patients from northern California who had heart disease The 20 percent who also had diagnosed depression were more likely to have cardiac events such as strokes or heart attacks due to poor health behaviors says epidemiologist Mary Whooley MD lead author of the study They weren t exercising they weren t taking their medication consistently they were smoking more often explains Whooley a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center End of excerpt Tagged with cardiac disease Depression health About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Managing Depression and Living Well February 10 2016 11 01 am Through Veterans own voices Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources other Veterans like themselves In this video hear Veterans share their Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Douglas M Duncan The Politician s Courageous Depression Disclosure February 1 2016 2 52 pm In his 24 year career in public office including three terms as the top elected official in Maryland s most populous county DOUGLAS M DUNCAN became a Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be

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  • A Final Goodbye | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    s life by sharing memories of his playfulness Rest in peace my dear Rascal rest in peace Tagged with Carol Kivler Coping skills gratitude healthy strategies Mindfulness About the author Carol Kivler Has 44 Articles Carol A Kivler MS CSP of Lawrence NJ is the founder of Courageous Recovery a division of Kivler Communications designed to raise awareness remove the stigma and instill hope in those who live with a mental health diagnosis Her mission is to have society and medical professionals view individuals living with mental illness as courageous survivors who want to be accepted not rejected respected not pitied and admired not feared Carol provides programs to hospitals medical and nursing schools as well to associations organizations and corporations Further Carol has been interviewed numerous times about her experience on television radio and in print Carol has written two books My Journal of Gratitude and Will I Ever Be the Same Again Transforming the Face of ECT She is currently working on her next book Unwrapping the Gifts from Depression Visit Carol s websites www CourageousRecovery com and www carolkivler com 1 COMMENT Joyce February 10 2015 Reply What a wonderfully encouraging article I needed that really needed that LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES How To Use The Past To Improve TODAY January 7 2016 12 01 am As the New Year starts rolling in you may be eager to look ahead identify what you want to do or accomplish in your The Most Important Gift You Can Give Yourself December 24 2015 12 01 am There is a book which changed my life in such a profound way that I used to share it with my patients at the partial How to Practice Gratitude Everyday November 25 2015 12 01 am Once again we will stop our busy lives for one day and give thanks However limiting ourselves to just one day leaves us missing out How To Make A DUMP BOX October 8 2015 12 01 am Although I ve written about this before let start by giving a quick review of what I mean by DUMPING DUMPING is a great LifeTOOL we Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make

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