Depression a Flaw in Chemistry
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Depression a Flaw in Chemistry
Depression and other traumatic mental illnesses are not flaws in character but a flaw in chemistry. Through articles and from my own experience with depression and addiction, I will give you an inside look at what it is like to have the invisible illness.





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Disclaimer:  Although I have worked with the mentally ill I do not have a Master's Degree or a license in medicine.  This page is not meant to be a substitute for mental health care or treatment.  Please obtain professional advice, and call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.

 

Thank you,

 

S. Brown

 

 

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Meditation produces enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain, study shows

Meditation produces enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain, study shows | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.
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Meditate it does the body good!

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10 Ways to Get Things Done Despite Depression - Everyday Health

10 Ways to Get Things Done Despite Depression - Everyday Health | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Tackling daily activities may be difficult when you suffer from depression. Learn about how to get things done despite depression at EverydayHealth.com.
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How Debt Affects Your Mental Health

How Debt Affects Your Mental Health | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
From the global recession to student loan debts, being in the red isn’t good for your head.
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Depression in athletes: Is it being ignored? - Philly.com (blog)

Depression in athletes: Is it being ignored? - Philly.com (blog) | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
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Depression in athletes: Is it being ignored?
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It is a common perception that athletes, by virtue of their athletic endeavors, are somehow immune to depression and other mood disorders.
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No one is immune to mood disorders like major depressive disorder. Depression is not judgemental or picky...

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Finding Space for Self : Self Mastery and Self Help

Finding Space for Self : Self Mastery and Self Help | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
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This philosophy does work, we do need to live in the now... Simply because, now is all we have. I make time for myself a priority! Many women feel guilty if they take time for themselves. To those of you who think time for yourself is selfish and wasteful, please change that mindset ASAP! Taking me time is a must if you want to support mental health and wellness as a person and parent. If you do not recharge your battery daily it will burnout. I have traveled down the path of burnout, and it is a lonely, terrifying journey I would not recommend. Just set aside 20 to 30 minutes a day for you and only you! It is the best thing a person can do for themselves and, those they love!

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How To Overcome Depression And Be Happy In Life

How To Overcome Depression And Be Happy In Life | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Learning how to overcome depression and be happy once again may not be easy, yet it is possible.
It’s true that you just can’t get over your depression in(...)
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Twitter / BipolarAdvantag: Eight Essential Steps To Freedom ...

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Mr. Wooten is both knowledgeable and passionate in his fight to increase Bipolar awareness to those who live with the disorder themselves, loved ones and caregivers. He is honest and forthright and a treat to listen to... I highly recommend watching this video!

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Removing the Stigma: Mental Illness in the Church

Removing the Stigma: Mental Illness in the Church | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Suicide kills more people than murder or car crashes, yet it's rarely discussed in the church. But tragedies in two prominent Christian families are changing that.
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The Truth about Depression BBC Full Documentary 2013

The Truth about Depression BBC Full Documentary 2013
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It has been a few months since I have curated anything. I'm back with a fabulous documentary about Depression. It is absolutely fantastic!

If you suffer with depression you know how it feels to be stigmatized. "It's all in your head", "your lazy", "irresponsible!". It boggles the mind that people or "The Normals", as I've coined them still do not accept or fail to remember that mood disorders such as chronic or Major Depressive disorder is very real and life threatening.

 I have said this many times before the stigma attached to depression and mental illness is keeping people sick. Thier embarrassment and fear of judgement is a strong deterrent to seek medical attention.

Doctors in Ireland have found that a part of the brain called the hippocampus actually shrinks in those who are ill with depression. Please take the time and watch this on Youtube, you are worth it!!    

             1 in 4 people will suffer Depression In Their Lifetime!

Here are a few quotes from "The Truth about Depression"

 

" Accepting a terminal condition would be easier!"

" People feel the need to hide there disorder."

"Whatever way you want to butter it up, I have a mental health problem"

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Twitter / EarthPctures: The worlds smallest dog. ...

Twitter / EarthPctures: The worlds smallest dog. ... | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
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This is off topic & random... Hope it puts a genuine smile on your face! :)

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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...

Via in-recovery.com
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I used to say,"the black dogs are chasing me today". This is a great video, depicting depression. It was frightening at first to be depressed and then it turned into a cloak I wore daily. It started to feel comfortable.... That's what scared me!!! I get shivers thinking about it!

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Thanks for your comment, Mark
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Rashness & Rumination: New Understanding About the Roots of Depression | TIME.com

Rashness & Rumination: New Understanding About the Roots of Depression | TIME.com | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Two studies explore some of the developmental roots of depression in childhood and adolescence.
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Are You Fighting Stigma Or Causing It?

Are You Fighting Stigma Or Causing It? | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
"I can't" holds us back far more than the judgments of others.
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Great article! Tom Wootton, has amazing insight into his own disease and understands mental health stigma and awareness alike. He is an intelligent and extraordinary man!

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Happy Pills

Happy Pills | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Um hey guys my name is Ridley, I'm a 16 year old girl, and I'm just gonna come out with the fact...
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A depression blog by a 16 year old which is common among teens... A little too common and frightening!  As a mother of a teenage boy who is happy mostly...  He  worrys about his health when something bothers him. We get him checked out and, he always comes back with a clean bill of health. Excessive worry over ones health is usually a  symptom of anxiety, so I often wonder just how happy he truly is? He talks to me about certain things but, teens need their privacy.  I don't pry and, I am not sure if I should possibly start asking more questions?  It's a tough line to walk not prying and being a responsible parent. I love my kid as I am sure we all do, they're our life. God Forbid if anything should happen to these wonderful young souls of ours.  Above all else we must protect our teens.  Keeping an open mind, dialog and door for our kids is the key... This I hope fosters trust and allows them to vent to us and ask for our advice! Listen up parents your teens need you! 

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Depression | Canadian Mental Health Association

A major depressive disorder — usually just called “depression” — is different than the “blues”. Someone experiencing depression is grappling
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KRISTA: Mother tells of maternal depression to help others - Cincinnati.com

KRISTA: Mother tells of maternal depression to help others - Cincinnati.com | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
KRISTA: Mother tells of maternal depression to help others Cincinnati.com COMING SUNDAY: Believing in Hope: Visual journalist Carrie Cochran and columnist Krista Ramsey give you a rare look into a mother's battle with depression, and its effects on...
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This is an important article as women make up more than half the population and are twice as likely to suffer from depression...   Post Partum Depression is a very common and serious illness.   Women should not have to suffer in silence,  due to the social stigmatization of mental illness.   No good comes from stigma!  Isn't it about time we  stop judging and start supporting the mothers of society??

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Oh, The Guilt! Why You Blame Yourself For Everything When You're Depressed

Oh, The Guilt! Why You Blame Yourself For Everything When You're Depressed | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
A new study shows that people who have been depressed have connection gaps in their brains, which explains the tendency to blame yourself for all that’s wrong.
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The brains of depressed people have a “gap” ion the communication between two key areas, which may explain why depression is so hard to overcome, and relapse so common. Whether depression causes these brain differences to develop, or the brain differences lead to the development of depression is unclear. This explains why talk therapy or cognitive behavior therapy, which teaches a person to replace old, destructive thought patterns with new, more productive ones, can be effective ways to treat depression.

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Coping with chronic illness/pain

Coping with chronic illness/pain | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Stop the Stigma! Chronic Pain & Mental Illnesses Are Real! Stop Judging Us!
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Truth!

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How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain

How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Learn how to preserve brainpower when you're stressed.
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Twitter / SuicidePrevAU: This thoughtful comic comes ...

Twitter / SuicidePrevAU: This thoughtful comic comes ... | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
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What stigma causes in relation to mental health issues!

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Stigma, fear of isolation trigger suicides

Stigma, fear of isolation trigger suicides | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
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Stigma stops those with mental illness from getting the treatment needed. Those who suffer with mood disorders like depression often do not seek help, due to the fear of becoming an outcast if deemed mentally ill. When diagnosed many isolate themselves from society! The causes vary, inability to think rationally, embarrassment and high anxiety are just a few reasons why we isolate. Depression+stigma+isolation= death!  Stop the stigma now, get involved, become Aware of what Stigma is and how it affects those of us who live with a  mental illness! 

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Depression and Suicide - Pictures and facts

Just a movie I made about depression and suicide. Mostly pictures but I also included some facts. Could be triggering to some people. To everyone watching th...
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The truth about Depression and Suicide, graphic and honest!

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What is Depression? (Depression #1)

People sometimes have a hard time understanding the difference between depression and normal sadness. Dr. Eredlyi discusses the different kinds of depression...
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Elefriends

Elefriends | Depression a Flaw in Chemistry | Scoop.it
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, but now there's a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
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