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  • Slow and Easy Does It | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    a chipped bone and pulled ligament slow and easy does it is my motto for the next six to eight weeks Reflection Question What can you do this May to increase awareness around mental illness Tagged with Bold Comments Carol Kivler Enlightenment Mental Health Month Tutorial 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s websites www CourageousRecovery com and www carolkivler com LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Reviewing 2014 Embracing 2015 December 29 2014 10 57 am What feels like the end is often the beginning Thea Thijssen As 2014 comes to an end take time to reflect on the good A Final Goodbye December 22 2014 9 48 am Once you ve had a cat s affection you ll always have a heart connection Unknown This past week I brought my beloved cat Rascal to the Self Kindness Starts and Ends with You December 15 2014 11 30 am Be kind Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle John Watson When looking for a quote to begin my blog piece this Sounding Board Needed or Provided December 8 2014 1 01 am Even though I can t solve your problem I will be there as your sounding board whenever you need me Sandra K Lamberson Life 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 a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015

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  • Michael Landsberg: Going on the record | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    tomorrow Even with that conviction and the relief provided by a combination of medications Landsberg still slogs through episodes in which he feels vulnerable isolated and lonely He says his depression is usually brought on by uncontrolled anxiety over stressful problems in his daily life such as his daughter s chronic eye condition A year ago he was having one bad day out of 10 By summer 2012 that number had grown to three out of 10 In the midst of that he had to go live on air without a script at the London Olympics You need knowledge and confidence to ad lib says Landsberg and at that point he d lost the latter He had to simultaneously look into the camera remember not to glance at his notes and keep an eye on the monitor to provide the voiceover for what viewers were watching and do it while thinking I have nothing to say he recalls He s been feeling substantially better since the fall he says Although he hasn t found exercise or talk therapy to be helpful for him I realized I wasn t troubled just sick he does have something he hangs onto in order to survive his depressive episodes the belief on a bad day that tomorrow will be better It takes a while to actually believe that he admits At his lowest point while covering the Canadian Football League s championship Grey Cup game in Montreal in 2008 he couldn t fathom a way out of his sadness But he has since realized that the thoughts he has in times like that are temporary and have little to do with his functional happy and blessed life It s a point he underscores often to others When you re sick you start to see yourself in a different way but it s the illness not reality talking he says I feel a huge responsibility to get that message out I look at it as an obligation That s why he takes every opportunity to speak at trade association conferences on television talk shows and to any audience that will listen I ve spent all my life communicating and talking and writing and now I get all these platforms to do it says Landsberg so shame on me if I don t use the convergence of those roads in my life for the rest of my life to do good Sidebar Michael s tips In confronting depression think of the word SLAM S is for Share Start with one person and then keep adding No one gets better from this unless they share and it all begins with one person L is for Learn Knowledge is power Learn everything you can about depression and treatments Most of all read about other people s experiences A is for Action Make an appointment with someone anyone to begin the treatment process Sometimes it takes what seems like forever to get the help you need so start ASAP

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  • Culture clash | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    also strong pressure not to shame the family Rates of depression and other psychiatric disorders are roughly similar across race and ethnicity or even higher in some groups such as elderly Chinese women yet members of minority groups are less likely to get diagnosed and treated than the white population Socioeconomic barriers undoubtedly play a role but community attitudes also have a powerful influence In a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry in March 2010 researchers from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine identified 200 low income Hispanic Americans at primary care clinics who showed depression upon evaluation Those who experienced higher levels of stigma were less likely to take medication keep scheduled appointments and manage their symptoms Not surprisingly they were also less likely to disclose their diagnosis to family and friends Beatriz made repeated trips to her family doctor sure that every bruise meant she had contracted a life threatening illness In those visits she never brought up the worrying that kept her awake at night the constant fretting about what people thought of her or the irrational fears for her safety that made it hard to concentrate at her job as a lawyer The sheer need for relief from her anxiety and its companion depression finally overcame cultural stigma and her family s negative attitude toward therapy She realized she didn t need anyone s permission and she had her own income to pay for sessions with a psychologist Even so for years Beatriz couldn t shake the taboo against medication Now she is grateful that she can manage her anxiety and depression with prescribed medication and coping tools learned through Recovery Inc She has grown comfortable talking about her disorders with some of her friends but the silence persists among her relatives End of excerpt Tagged with culture 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 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 a mom with depression What

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  • Viewpoint: When silence isn’t golden | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    learned that Grandma grieved for my grandfather as deeply as she had loved him and that her grief lasted many years into her widowhood I remembered how she believed I didn t want to talk to her when my new phone blocked her calls before I d programmed her number into my caller ID list I wasn t calling her because I was in a dark place and couldn t imagine why anyone would want to talk with me In retrospect I can see we were each dealing with depression with similar feelings of worthlessness I discovered she saved inspirational poems and newspaper clippings just as I do I imagine her reading words of encouragement to remind herself as I do that negative thoughts and attitudes are just the depression talking In a stack of letters she wrote to me I found a little book about overcoming depression and the power of prayer and love It was as if she were still supporting and encouraging me With that love and strength my Grandma s ultimate gift I find the courage to open up to family and friends with the truth about my past 20 years of depression Over the coming months I began telling my story although I still felt somehow wrong for having depression and I was uncertain what reactions I would get The positive response was overwhelming And once the secret was out other relatives began sharing instead of hiding their emotions The shuttered silence in our family is now an open door of communication admitting others among us who had been living silently with depression Now that the stigma is removed I no longer feel so alone so apart I can enjoy events with my family more freely without the burden of covering up who I really am They support me with a deeper understanding knowing I need them even when I can t say so It turns out I was never alone after all Tagged with genetics 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 Role reversal May 10 2010 12 00 pm Ashley Judd built an admired acting career while hiding her depression and anxiety After working hard to reach recovery in her own life she turned around and took on a movie part that puts the uncompromising truth of her illness on screen Like Mother Like Daughter February 4 2010 8 58 am The legacy of depression and anxiety disorders carries down through generations of women Adopted as an infant Kris M didn t meet her biological mother until she was in her 30s When she finally found her the 43 year old bartender also found out she has five full biological sisters and a possible answer as to why she s suffered from anxiety and depression since childhood CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015

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  • Viewpoint: Looking past the label | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    but defined I was now the depressed girl What s worse than having depression Being known for that and that alone The label those boys and yes some girls on the inside gave me changed how I saw myself Depression was no longer just part of me it was all of me As the years passed without relief from effective medication or counseling I came to feel more and more that my illness was an inescapable part of my identity Anxiety and depression tunneled deeper into my very core I also came to feel that this was how I would always be known As the one who calls crying because she wants to die the one who cancels on plans because it s all just too much the one whose quick tears are often too much for the listener and the situation the one who is always upset always needy for love for help for advice I ve let myself become my label So where do I go from here Am I the depressed girl Yes But there s so much more to my story Are there times when I m not depressed when I m doing better Yes and that knowledge offers me hope Am I strong Given all I ve faced down yes even more than I let myself admit I take every other label I ve earned and cradle it close I m not only strong but also brave loving loyal insightful musical intelligent And yes even capable of getting better one small step at a time I m the depressed girl But I am also the loving aunt the smart woman the one who will do anything to help a friend I may have to look closely to see it but those who love me know There s so much more to me after all Tagged with double depression dysthymia labels About the author Jenny Stamos Has 3 Articles Jenny Stamos is a freelance writer researcher and editor in Kitchener Ontario She writes about health nutrition psychology well being work money and love for magazines such as Self Shape Glamour Women s Health Redbook and Prevention Visit her on the web at jennystamos com 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 Dysthymia Break through the fog February 1 2013 9 14 am When life feels gray and muffled day after day it s time to get help for dysthymia 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

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  • Viewpoint: When Silence Isn’t Golden | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    s orthodontia with all the sessions talking about that We never made peace after that argument but for the sake of peaceful family gatherings we called a truce Years later after he had surgery for cancer I thought that maybe we d get around to talking It never happened When his cancer eventually returned his doctor told him that he should put his affairs in order He took the advice seriously and immediately went home to do just that He got his lawn mower out of the garage and gave it to his next door neighbor Well it was a pretty good lawn mower In preparing to write this column I came across the website for Families for Depression Awareness and discovered the organization s online tool for assembling family mental health histories With its blunt questions about Mom and Dad Uncle Henry Aunt Petunia and all the siblings this survey forces even the deepest denier to admit to common bonds The clinical benefits of this exercise are readily apparent but the notion that this information could help families face up to the stigma of depression really caught my attention As the youngest of my family I knew only bits and pieces of the medical histories of my various relatives Never mind the ban on airing dirty linen in public we didn t look at it in private either Which brings me to an unsettling What if moment regarding my father Depression alone his or mine didn t dig the trench that separated us but what if we knew we had that much in common Talking about it might have bridged that trench We might have been able to help each other It might have made all the difference in the world At the very least I might have gotten the lawn mower Tagged with Depression silence About the author Michael Rafferty Has 15 Articles Michael Rafferty is a freelance writer and consultant for nonprofit organizations He and his wife live in the Boston area 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

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  • Catching up with Dorothy Hamill | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    an athlete she s used to coping with injury She s even philosophical about the normal decline associated with getting older What s frustrating is how long it s taking to fully heal and the likelihood that there s some irreparable nerve damage I ve always used my body for what I do and not to be able to do that it s not the best she says adding I know surgery is a last resort but I m just terrified I m putting it off until I do more research Even basic stretching can be a problem Her doctor advised her to give up yoga for that very reason Although she s able to skate she s steering clear of jumps and spins for now She s also finding outlets beyond the rink She uses a recumbent bike for exercise at a local fitness center and a road bike outdoors which she says gives her a feeling similar to gliding on the ice She also takes short slow walks with her dog a 6 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Penelope or Penny She s a little dog says Hamill so 10 minutes is usually good for her It helps that she can relocate between an ocean island and the California desert which offers a sense of serenity she doesn t have to lace up her skates to find That s the most wonderful thing about living in the sunshine where it s not too hot she says I can just open the doors and windows and breathe in the fresh air and life is great And sometimes simply talking with friends or her husband of four years John MacColl is enough to manage stress that could otherwise turn into something more serious Looking forward Her close support network was invaluable when she went through perimenopause early Though she now knows that women with a previous history of depression are more likely to be diagnosed with major depression during the transition up to a fivefold higher risk according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health she didn t even realize at the time that she was having terrible mood swings and other menopausal issues Thank goodness I was able to grow up and see the light I couldn t concentrate she recalls My choreographer would show me steps again and again and again and I couldn t remember them I m not sure if it was more frustrating for him or for me I still have some concentration problems but they re nothing like they were then Low level hormone replacement therapy was helpful but she had to discontinue that after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 because of interactions with her oncology medications She had to switch to a less effective antidepressant for the same reason but says she s counting the days until she s finally done with maintenance treatment that reduces the risk of her cancer returning I have another six months to a year she reports She continues to grow closer to her mother Carolyn now 88 broke her hip last year Hamill has made it a point to stay with her in Connecticut every time she s on the East Coast helping out when she can It s difficult for Hamill to see her once independent mother having to rely on others Still she appreciates the time they can spend together Thank goodness I was able to grow up and see the light she says Therapy has been very helpful Hamill used to talk with her psychiatrist every week but does so every two or three weeks now Next on her to do list Gearing up for a trip to Normandy with her husband a history buff to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D Day in June Afterward they ll head home to Massachusetts she says where I will be able to skate on a daily basis Sidebar Music to skate to Whether or not she s in serious training for a skating show Dorothy Hamill doesn t go long without lacing up her boots If her body aches and she s feeling sluggish Hamill says she starts practice with music that s slow and easy to move along with such as the Norah Jones song Come Away With Me because it s so lovely and ethereal Canadian vocalist Michael Bublé is another favorite She selects classical music when she wants to challenge herself with more precise movements when I really want to put on edges and a turned out foot more like barre work And when she needs to get motivated Then I really crank up the tunes Sidebar Dorothy s tips When a busy schedule and health issues strain her mental wellness Dorothy Hamill turns to the people and things that give her comfort and a respite from fatigue Her tips for staying on track when you re feeling derailed Identify a hobby that makes you happy and able to disengage even for a short time from inner turmoil For her it s skating Everybody has something that takes them away from reality for a little bit It s important to have something like that Keep things in perspective When I m really weary I usually lie down turn on the news and am reminded that things can always be worse Surround yourself with people who have your back It can be hard to seek help from a mental health professional especially when you re so depressed the effort feels overwhelming That s why it s important to find good friends it s not always family who can under stand and support you because sometimes you need somebody to drag you to one Employ preemptive strategies to nip an oncoming episode in the bud before it becomes debilitating I can sometimes see when I m starting to feel a little bit not right so I do deep breathing exercises and think of positive things Tagged with Celebrity Dancing

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  • Douglas M. Duncan: The Politician’s Courageous Depression Disclosure | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    went through three four different types of medication I do consider myself lucky I talk to people who really are treatment resistant and can t find the kind of medication to help them What keeps you well now I do not ever want to go back to where I was so I will always take medication I m a much more thankful person Being grateful helps me think about positive things rather than how bad I am or whatever I ve always been a very religious person so a lot of prayer Do you ever regret going public about your depression No not at all Even today when I give speeches on other topics I mention mental health and depression I call it my public service announcement I think it s important for me to talk about depression I think we need more men talking about it My little joke is I m a member of the secret handshake club Men will pull you aside they ll whisper in your ear it s a big secret I understand and I m glad they can talk to me about it but there s still a big stigma attached to it What do you talk about in your informal PSAs For a couple of years I just felt miserable I told myself It s the pressure of the campaign and the job and I need to suck it up and get through it I realized I couldn t do it on my own That s the message I try to give You don t have to feel that way you can get help Go talk to someone get medication try different things to get better Printed as Back Chat Doug Duncan Winter 2016 Tagged with Depression Disclosure Douglas Duncan Leadership Greater Washington politician Winter 2016 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 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 Moms Parenting Depression February 1 2016 1 44 pm When a mother has depression the whole family feels it These coping strategies can help mom dad and the kids weather the added stress CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015

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