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Clinically Depressed Pug

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We focus on helping and supporting those who suffers from any mental illness, but mostly depression. We post memes, quotes, answer asks and we just try to do the best we can.
Sep 22 '14

It is ok

inthemidnighthours92:

It is OK to feel broken. Being broken doesn’t mean it is the end. Being broken can be beautiful. It means there is room for change, room for hope, room for life.

It is OK to be depressed. Being depressed does not mean suicide. Being depressed leads to strength. Being depressed means you are human.

It is OK to be bipolar. Being bipolar does not mean you are crazy. Being bipolar teaches you control. Being bipolar means confidence is being taught.

It is OK to have obstacles. It is OK to be different. It is OK to not be perfect. Life will always cause pain. It is OK to ask for help.

It is OK.

Sep 22 '14
oatmeal:

Today, illustrated.  More comics here.

oatmeal:

Today, illustrated.  

More comics here.

Sep 21 '14
Sep 21 '14

delusioninabox:

Daily #610! When there’s so much on my mind, it’s hard to know where to start!

Sep 21 '14
Did he just call me Puggy or pudgy? Should or should I not be offended?

Did he just call me Puggy or pudgy? Should or should I not be offended?

Sep 21 '14
I was.

I was.

Sep 21 '14

Coping with anxiety tip: Writing Letters

mental-health-advice:

A lot of us struggle with anxiety on a day to day basis, that classic thought pattern of if I do ____ then ____ will happen and ____. It can be hard to break the cycle. With anxiety we tend to focus on the worst that can happen and exercise these negative paths more than the positive ones. By writing letters to our anxiety it helps to identify our feelings and exercise our positive thought paths. 

In the letters you should include what you felt anxious about, how that made you feel, and a positive outcome, and how that outcome made you feel. for example: 

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even if the best outcome could not have happened, it’s important to find a positive, (even if it’s as small as, I remembered to keep breathing and now I am home safely). for example: 

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(both true stories by the way, I’m just that smooth at assemblies.) 

This technique has really helped me and I hope it can help a lot of you as well! 

take care,

~Tess

Sep 20 '14

Exposure Therapy:

recoveryisbeautiful:

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Sep 20 '14

a good way to get things off your mind

rediscoveringnatalie:

step 1: get a notebook, colour pencils, markers and put on a movie or listen to your favourite songs

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step 2: open to a blank page and get your pencils and marker

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step 3: get out all your anger/anxiety/thoughts out by scribbling lines with the marker

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step 4: colouring timeee

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spend this time focusing on the colours and music/movie and try to block out the rest of the world.

you are loved and you are beautiful. You CAN get through this. I believe in you <3 

Sep 20 '14
"We suck at being human beings."
Me (via aidouzieee)
Sep 20 '14

realsocialskills:

Hey, you mentioned wanting to figure out how to find a good therapist in your last post. I recently tackled that problem, and I’m pretty satisfied with the results I got - I think my method can be improved on, but it’s at least a starting point.

What I did was make a questionnaire in google docs and email it to a bunch of local therapists - anyone who looked like they might work out at all. It included a bunch of different types of questions, everything from basic information about where the therapist’s office is to questions about their ethics and personality.

The first test was whether they filled out the form at all, and a lot of them didn’t. That’s fine - anybody who isn’t willing to put up with being asked to do something a little out of the ordinary is probably not going to be a good match for me anyway.

For the actual questions, here’s a breakdown of what I asked:

- Basic biographical information - name, office location, whether they were taking new clients

- Familiarity with various things that are relevant to me - ADD and autism, PTSD, disability rights, that sort of thing. I also asked how they’d learned about autism. For these, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a high level of familiarity, especially for autism - someone who thought they knew a lot but had never spoken to an autistic adult would have been disqualified, for example - but these questions would have made a good tiebreaker if I’d had more than one good candidate.

- Physical and social accessibility stuff:
    - Is their office physically accessible? Are there stairs to get to it? Are they comfortable with the idea of working with a disabled person?
    - Are they comfortable communicating via text? Is there wifi I can use to IM with them?
    - Are they comfortable working with someone who’s nonbinary? very smart? follows a weird religion? distrusts authority?

- How do they rate themselves on the parts of the Big 5 Agreeableness trait? (Trust, straightforwardness, altruism, compliance, modesty, tender-mindedness - wikipedia can explain more about this)
    - In particular I was looking for high trust and straightforwardness and low compliance - the low compliance is particularly important, since it suggests that they’ll actually listen to me rather than just sticking to what they’ve been taught about the right way to do therapy.

- Treatment approach
    - How familiar are they with the issue I’d be seeing them for? How often do they work with people on that issue? How confident are they that they can help me with it?
    - What treatment method or methods do they use? How firm are they about sticking to their preferred method if it doesn’t seem to be working or if I don’t like it?
    - How long would they expect it to take for me to see results?

- Ethics questions - honestly I’m pretty sure you can do better than I did, on these, but I started by defining ethics as “Ethics is about doing things safely, particularly without risking harm to others. What do you believe about ethics?”, and here’s what I asked - the possible answers were ‘strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree’.
    - It is easy to make ethical mistakes.
    - Ethical mistakes can be made unintentionally.
    - Everyone makes ethical mistakes sometimes.
    - It is important to be honest with others about my ethics and ethical beliefs. (This one was not really a question - the idea was to prompt the therapist to answer the next few questions honestly.)
    - Committing to following a code of ethics written by an expert is a reliable way to avoid ethical mistakes.
    - Keeping my behavior the same across different contexts helps me avoid ethical mistakes.
    - It is important to understand others’ ideas of harm so that I can treat them ethically.
    - Cognitive disability, youth, and inexperience can be good reasons to discount claims of harm.

Also for each section I included a fill-in box for the therapist to write in anything else they thought I should know about their answers to that section, but nobody actually used them for anything interesting.

And, to give you an idea of responses - I sent this form to somewhere between 15 and 20 therapists. I heard back from 10, of which 5 weren’t accepting clients, 2 didn’t do IM, 1 didn’t work with people with PTSD, 1 emailed back with a suggestion that I work with a group of therapists in something that sounded like an outpatient institutional setting (*alarmed flailing*) … but the last one seems to be a really good fit, and it didn’t take a whole lot of work or risk to find her out of the original bunch I sent the form to, so I’m pretty happy.

realsocialskills said:

Has this worked (or not worked) for any of y’all? Has anything else?

Sep 20 '14

colorado-style:

I have a wife that has been struggling with depression for years.

Neither one of us has had experience with depression before and as she sunk into her ‘Dark Place’ I tried to understand and she tries so hard to describe what was happening to her, to explain how she feels. As if somehow her ability to articulate what she is going through would somehow make everything better. That conveying her experience and causing me to truly understand would be a victory against a condition that has taken so much from her.

She is on medication and has been doing… fairly well. She still has days that I know she is having a rough time of it. I try and be there for her. I wish I could do more.

Today she sent me this with the message with the attached youtube video: “What he says about depression is so spot on, at least how I feel.”

This helped me get a better perspective. I hope it helps someone else out there trying to help their loved ones.

Sep 20 '14
comeonthen-sexy:

i didn’t realise shit didnt have to be as hard as it was
shout out to all of you downplaying tough times
speak up, get help

comeonthen-sexy:

i didn’t realise shit didnt have to be as hard as it was

shout out to all of you downplaying tough times

speak up, get help

Sep 20 '14

kissed-by-hundred-fires:

I chose to be happy but my depression disagreed

Sep 20 '14
"Recovery is
learning to use yours words
instead of your silence."
N.J., What recovery is, pt 1. (via painstained-letters)

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