Dating and depression don't mix very well. When you feel terrible about yourself because of depression, it's not the best time to meet new people and try to develop healthy connections. But if your depression is longstanding, does that mean you shouldn't date? Can you successfully date while depressed?
Generally speaking, I'm not a very good liar, but I am excellent at lying to myself. I count myself amongst the majority in this department. Most people value honesty and seek to use it in their relations with others, but when it comes to themselves, they may be so adept at deception that they don't even know they're doing it.
I had somehow convinced myself that my life would be over the moment I walked out of there. That’s a tad dramatic, but at the time, I didn’t know better; I was so clouded by feelings of self-doubt to see beyond the tragedy (as I would have described it at the time) unfolding right before my eyes. You’re a little lost, so let me dial it back for you.
When treating bipolar disorder, I think it's critical to gain bipolar mood stability first and only then tweak up or down as needed. That means that if you're in a depression right now (and let's face it, that's when people seek help the most), the goal isn't to treat depression, per se, but rather to gain bipolar stability. Of course, I'm not the only one who thinks this. The esteemed psychiatrist Dr. Jim Phelps agrees: treatment should focus on bipolar mood stability first.
I have a long history with perfectionism. In fact, I cannot recall a time in my life when this fixation wasn't driving my performance and achievements. I suspect this is one reason I have always been drawn to activities or pursuits that measure excellence in visible, quantifiable terms. In school, I only accepted straight As. In athletics, I gravitated to sports like archery, where I could aim for the center of a literal bullseye. And in my career, I have turned to writing—a skill based on technical precision. But as I continue to heal my thoughts and behaviors from the residue of anorexia, I am learning to appreciate that eating disorder recovery is not about perfection.
It can be discouraging for many individuals to move away from and begin verbal abuse recovery once they realize the journey is not straightforward. Unlike overcoming other life obstacles, recovery from verbal abuse may present setbacks, leaving an individual with lost hope for a healthy relationship. Although the process may not be as simple as avoiding an abuser, it is possible to hold meaningful connections with others.
In my experience, the worst part of schizophrenia is having episodes of psychosis. Losing touch with reality can be terrifying. For me, psychosis always involves hearing voices, delusions, and paranoia. I usually stop eating, which most likely makes the symptoms more severe. Complicating my experience with psychosis is a symptom called anosognosia.
As a writer, I’ve found creativity is one of the first things to be affected when my depression rears its ugly head. Depression makes it harder to motivate myself to write and harder to express my unique creative voice—the thing that brings me the most joy.
You may have heard some variation of the famous saying, "perspective is everything." While many people believe this is a good life philosophy, I disagree. Perspective is vital, but it is not everything.
As I tried to come up with a topic for this blog post, my mind spun a web of negative thoughts. I realized that the deadline for publication was looming. Like many weeks, I scolded myself for procrastinating. Then I started thinking about unrelated issues like my work performance, unmet goals, rejection, friendships, and relationships. Depression tortured me with lies that I will reveal in this post. Here are five of the lies my depression has told me and what I have learned from them.

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Laura A. Barton
Hi Jack. It's great to hear you're exploring the options that speak most to and work best for you. You're right, things do take time, so I'm glad that you're giving what you're trying a fair shot. At the very least, it's a soothing sound in the meantime. :) All the best to you as you continue to work on your noise sensitivity.
Laura L
To Dawn-I also babysit for a family with a 10 year old son and a 13 year old daughter who is in puberty and bedwetting.She wears cloth diapers and rubberpants to bed everynight also.Before bedtime,i take about a dozen of the cloth diapers out of her drawer along with the diaper pins,babypowder and baby lotion and lay them on her bed.I fold the diapers,then put the pins beside them.The girl then picks out the pair of rubberpants she wants to wear,then lays down on the diapers,i rub the lotion on her,apply the babypowder,then pin the diapers on her,then she raises up her legs and i pull the rubberpants up over her diapers and make sure they cover the diapers.Even tho she is 13,most of her rubberpants are babyprints which she likes the most with a few in pink.
Thank you for this. I am enough! This is important for me to continue to relay to myself when I am feeling defeated as a mother of grown ups. <3
Hi, i've been self-harming for months now, and my thighs are absolutely mottled with scars, fresh and old. (it's a number-based thing for me, so i have a concerning amount, and a concerning amount more to do)

It covers the majority of the top of my legs, hitting just behind my knees, but my family likes hiking and swimming, and with summer coming, i need a way to hide them from my crazy mom (she's a whole 'nother can of worms). I don't know what clothes will fit, cover them, and not overheat me, and since i'm only 15, tattoos aren't an option either (not even temporary)

Do you have any possible suggestions? (the scars are rather dark, and very obviously scars, some are raised, and they look extremely intentional)
Lindelwa Mateza
I've been living with schizophrenia since the age of 21 which was triggered by a traumatic event. I haven't been employed but despite this I pay all the bills, rent ,food, etc I cook and clean and support my husband who is often unemployed but he does help when he can. It's still a lot of pressure though and I receive zero family support, infact they don't even know I have a mental illness. I often have anxiety attacks when I'm under too much stress but I quickly control it because I can't afford to get admitted in an institution. It affects my ability to work as I often change jobs. Right now I just wonder if there's any online work I could do from home that accepts South Africans , I don't have time to think about my illness and I don't go to therapy