Forgive Yourself For Your Mistakes

In this blog, I want to talk about an important principle of depression recovery–forgive yourself for your mistakes. We who suffer from depression can be overly hard on ourselves. With our self-esteem in the pits, we can be overly self-critical and self-judgmental. And when we make a mistake or misstep, our inner critic can go wild. (Read more).

Does Exercise Really Heal Depression?

The title of today’s blog is, “Does Exercise Really Heal Depression. In my experience the answer is a definite “yes.” Over the past fifteen years of facilitating depression support groups, I have had dozens and dozens clients tell me over and over that physical activity raises their mood, whether it is taking a walk in the […]

Is There a Time to Stop Taking My Medications?

One of the questions I am most often asked by my group members and clients is, “Douglas, is there a time to stop taking my medications? I have felt better since being on medication(s). Now can I stop them?” (Read more)

 

What It is Like to Be in a Mental Hospital

In January of 2016, I spent twenty five days as an inpatient in a locked psychiatric ward of local mental hospital. The cause of my hospitalization was that my psyche and my life were disintegrating, and my partner wanted to get me into a safe place. (Read more)

How to Stop Ruminating

Have you ever heard of the term ruminating? It is something that a cow does when it chews is foods over and over again. Even though we depressives are not cows, we tend to do the same thing with our thoughts and chew on them. (read more).

Myths About Mental Illness

In this blog, I would like to explore four myths or misperceptions about mental illness that I have encountered. (Read more).

My Stay in a Mental Hospital

The purpose of this blog is to provide an account of what it means to be hospitalized in a psychiatric ward through sharing my stay in a mental hospital. (Read more)

Breathe to Improve Your Mood

One of the most powerful ways to impact your emotions and improve your mood is through the breath. In Sanskrit the word for breath is prana, which also means “life” or “spirit.” This is because the oxygen we inhale is necessary for the functioning of every cell in our body.

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How Employment Helps to Heal From Depression

Sigmund Freud, once defined mental health as “the ability to work and to love.” On this post I want to talk about how employment can help us to heal from depression. Read more.

Reboot the Brain Through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A recent report in the magazine Science Daily  shows how one can reboot the brain using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Read More

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