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Dealing with Depression: Self-Help & Coping Tips to Overcome Depression

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Dealing with Depression

You have more power over depression than you may think. These tips will help you feel better.


Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t beat it through sheer willpower, but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself 


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Excellent article covering the basics of depression

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:02 PM

The basics of coping with are depression outlined in this article. Start small, support, self-care and self-talk are the secrets... 

Fahari Health Resources's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:59 AM

You have more power over depression than you may think. The key is to start small, make positive choices for yourself, and build from there.

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Baby Blues Gone Bad -

Baby Blues Gone Bad - | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
The promise of new life brings with it anticipation and dreams of a growing family. Happiness is what many of us think of when we await the arrival of a child. However, as many as 13- 20% of new mothers experience post-partum depression. Baby Blues is the name given to a natural transition period of …
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Depression: 7 Powerful Tips to Help You Overcome Bad Moods

Depression: 7 Powerful Tips to Help You Overcome Bad Moods | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Are you concerned about feelings of depression? A few actions daily can greatly improve your mood.
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Tips to help you create an action plan for when you're feeling blue

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What Are the Warning Signs of Suicide?

What Are the Warning Signs of Suicide? | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
These red flags are the warning signs that a person may be planning suicide. People with bipolar disorder or manic depression often exhibit suicidal behavior.
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Knowing the warning signs of suicide can make such a difference in the life of a friend or family member. This is an excellent resource for anyone who is uncertain about the signals someone is giving.

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Self-Control: What do I do with Guilt? |

Self-Control: What do I do with Guilt? | | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it

Wouldn’t it be great to build up our self-control “muscles?” Changing our relationship to guilt is a great place to start.

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Wouldn’t it be great to build up our self-control “muscles?” Changing our relationship to guilt is a great place to start.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, February 26, 2015 11:02 AM

Wouldn’t it be great to build up our self-control “muscles?” Changing our relationship to guilt is a great place to start.

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Is it Okay to Feel Sad Over the Holidays?

Is it Okay to Feel Sad Over the Holidays? | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Sadness is actually very common for many during this time of year. “Listening in” to our sadness may be the beginning of a journey toward healing.
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Sadness is actually very common for many during this time of year. “Listening in” to our sadness may be the beginning of a journey toward healing.

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The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
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According to this video, this game has the potential benefits of medications in treating depression. It will be interesting to see if this is another possible tool for the healing toolbox.

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Why Antidepressants Won't Solve the Depression Epidemic

Why Antidepressants Won't Solve the Depression Epidemic | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
We can no longer afford to allow antidepressants to be our sole response to the raging depression epidemic. We must pursue a broader range of solutions....
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Antidepressants are not for everyone. They may be helpful in some cases, but have been way overused in the treatment of depression. 

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» Why Sugar Is Dangerous To Depression - World of Psychology

» Why Sugar Is Dangerous To Depression - World of Psychology | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate the link between sugar and depression. Anyone who doubts the relationship need only to spend a night i
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Sometimes we don't realize how our food choices impact how we feel. This is a great article that helps create better food choices to feel better physically.

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Depression explained - Depression explained - Depression - Black Dog Institute

Depression explained - Depression explained - Depression - Black Dog Institute | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Depression is a common experience. We have all felt 'depressed' about a friend's cold shoulder, misunderstandings in our marriage, tussles with teenage children. Sometimes we feel 'down' for no reason at all.
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Grab A Shovel: Experts Confirm How Gardening Can Help Depression

Grab A Shovel: Experts Confirm How Gardening Can Help Depression | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
We've loosely known that owning pets and gardening can lift a black mood, but a new study confirms that people who garden are less likely to display signs associated with unhappiness or depression.

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How a Secure Relationship Can Help Your Depression

How a Secure Relationship Can Help Your Depression | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
We all know that when our primary relationship is distressed, we feel anxious and depressed. We also know that depression can have a devastating effect on an intimate relationship. It becomes a vicious cycle.

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» 7 Exercises to Alleviate Depression - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness

» 7 Exercises to Alleviate Depression - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it

6 Exercises to Alleviate Depression


Is it possible to be “too” optimistic? Certainly.

Between the two poles of optimism and pessimism there exists a continuum. On one end are the optimists who border on delusion and refuse to face reality. The quote “Denial is not a river in Egypt” comes to mind.


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:51 AM

Basics for coping with depression...all web-based. RT @PsychCentral

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Staring Down The Epidemic Of Loneliness | Huffington Post

Staring Down The Epidemic Of Loneliness | Huffington Post | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it

Bond says, "It’s my opinion that we are isolated by our lack of ability to have difficult conversations."

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Mental health professional, Johanna Bond, discusses how shame may be at the root of loneliness.

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Mental Flexibility Improved By Reading Literature With One Important Quality - PsyBlog

Mental Flexibility Improved By Reading Literature With One Important Quality - PsyBlog | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Some types of reading may help people suffering from depression.
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"Roses are red..." Professor Philip Davis says reading poetry can improve mental flexibility which can aid in relieving depression.

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5 Ways to Shake Off the Pain of Rejection

5 Ways to Shake Off the Pain of Rejection | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Not everyone copes with rejection in the same way. Build up your self-confidence and self-esteem by using these FIVE steps to develop a more effective response to rejection.
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Have you experienced rejection lately? Learn to let go of the pain by practicing a more effective response. 

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Alfred & Shadow - A short story about emotions (education psychology health animation) - YouTube

Alfred is in love. He is also angry, shameful, scared, sad and lonley. His good friend Joy supports him in his constant fight against Shadow. Join the fight!...
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Alfred is in love. He is also angry, shameful, scared, sad and lonley. His good friend Joy supports him in his constant fight against Shadow. Join the fight! And maybe you will discover something new about your own emotions along the way.

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Bipolar Wellness Plan Examples and Instructions

Bipolar Wellness Plan Examples and Instructions | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
A Bipolar Wellness Plan is a powerful tool for recover and prevention you can starting using today
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Great tool for checking pre-bipolar symptoms and creating a wellness plan to manage bipolar in a healthy way. 

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What If We’re Wrong About Depression?

What If We’re Wrong About Depression? | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Some researchers say we need new ways of thinking about depression entirely — and that one day, therapy could start with a blood test.
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Insights about new ways of understanding depression and how this may increase treatment options in the future.

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Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression: MedlinePlus

Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression: MedlinePlus | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression
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» 3 Ways to Beat Depression Through Exercise - World of Psychology

» 3 Ways to Beat Depression Through Exercise - World of Psychology | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Exercise helps beat depression -- that’s not just a theory, but scientific fact. Many people think exercise involves grueling workouts or exhausting run
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Exercise seems to be coming up as a top treatment option for depression... often even over medications. Check it out!

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VIDEO-I had a black dog, his name was depression

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals an...
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Great Video illustrating what depression is like...

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Fahari Health Resources's curator insight, December 15, 2013 12:04 PM

Millions of people around the world live with depression and never talk about due to the stigma depression has in our communities. Being honest with those who love and care about you is a big first step. You can overcome depression. Talk to someone!

 

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Free meditations from Mindfulness | Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Free meditations from Mindfulness | Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it

All of the meditations on this page are taken from our book ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. The book contains the complete 8 week mindfulness course developed at Oxford University. 


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Free meditations to listen to from Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

HT @getstoried

Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Great self-care practices! Practical ways to destress and slow down a little bit as the year speeds up. 

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Top 10 Tips for Beating Depression - Listverse

Top 10 Tips for Beating Depression - Listverse | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
Due to the comments on our recent list dealing with suicide, I thought it would be useful to put together a list of things you can do to help you overcome
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The basics for beating depression...

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The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you

The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you Why are so many creative types plagued with depression? It’s not creatives alone who suffer from overwhelming bouts of...

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 16, 2013 9:38 PM

Eric Maisel, PhD (author of The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression) addresses in our interview some of the meaning and mood issues facing creators, including anxiety and depression. He notes, "When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed." From my post Eric Maisel on investing meaning in our life and art for mental health [which includes links to many related articles, and to my related site Depression and Creativity] http://talentdevelop.com/337/eric-maisel-on-investing-meaning-in-our-art/

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:06 PM

Very interesting read...an excellent reframe on depression as seen in this quote: 

Depression, while seemingly a hinderance to a healthy and happy life, is really a balancing act that helps us focus on the areas where we need to improve most.

http://www.creativesomething.net/post/55508909341/the-link-between-depression-and-creativity-and-how-it


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How to help someone with mental illness: depression, bipolar, anxiety

How to help someone with mental illness: depression, bipolar, anxiety | Dancing Through Depression | Scoop.it
You don't need to be an expert on mental health to talk about it. It's often the everyday things that make a difference – like asking ‘How are you?’ or sending a text. (Mental illness affects 1 in 4 people.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 5, 2013 11:58 PM

If you never know what to say when someone tells you they are bipolar or depressed or on meds for anxiety...read this and watch these short video clips. Here are practical suggestions for what to do and what not to do when you have a friend or loved one struggling with depression or another form of difficulty mentally or emotinally. Great video clips.