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Can Women Have a Midlife Crisis?

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Reading Time: 7 minutes “In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.” Kathleen Norris Although the stereotype of a midlife crisis is a gray-haired man, dressing way too young for his age, with a woman who is young enough to be his daughter on his arm …

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What is an Existential Crisis? How to Overcome and Move on

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Reading Time: 12 minutes “The greatest fear that human beings experience is not death, which is inevitable, but consideration of the distinct possibility of living a worthless life.”  ― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls Although most of us don’t dwell on why we are here, it is not uncommon, at some point in life, to question what the meaning of all this is. In various …

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10 Best Depression and Anxiety Support Groups on Facebook

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be lonely. Despite growing awareness of mental health issues, many people still feel uncomfortable sharing the details of their diagnosis – or their daily struggles – with others. In many places, stigma or discrimination are still big issues for people with mental health concerns. But these days it’s easier than ever to find …

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bipolar Depression

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” Catherine Zeta Jones From the outside, you would just assume that Catherine Zeta-Jones has lived a charmed life. Beautiful and married to one of the most iconic actors of all time, it would appear to the rest of us that she had it all. And …

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Brooke Shields, Postpartum Depression

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “In a strange way, it was comforting to me when my obstetrician told me that my feelings of extreme despair and suicidal thoughts were tied to a biochemical shift in my body. Once we admit that postpartum is a serious medical condition, then the treatment becomes more available and socially acceptable.” Brooke Shields It is hard to fathom that the …

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Depression and Anxiety Relief, A Guide to Relaxing Breathing Techniques

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  ― thich nhat han There is a phrase we use when things come so naturally that we aren’t even aware we are doing them. That effortless and automatic effort is said to be “just like breathing.” It’s common to take breathing and its importance to life …

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Playlist for Depression and Anxiety

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Reading Time: 5 minutes When you are feeling depressed or anxious, what do you do to get through the darkest moments? Music, for many of us, plays a big role in these challenging times. There are, quite literally, thousands of playlists on Spotify these days, all focused on depression and anxiety. Many of them have thousands of followers. Clearly, many people use music as …

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Shades of Blue: Am I Sad or Depressed?

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Reading Time: 6 minutes “I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed.” -Katie McGarry There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel sad. Sadness is a part of our emotions that you simply can’t avoid. But the good thing is that you wouldn’t know happy if you didn’t experience sad. Sadness can …

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10 Tips to Avoid Depression Triggers During the Holidays

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Reading Time: 7 minutes The holiday season is meant to be full of family, friendship, and fun. But sometimes the high expectations, financial pressure, and stress that surround the holidays can leave us feeling down. In fact, it’s common to hear talk of “holiday depression” or the “holiday blues” mixed in with excitement for the festivities. According to Psychology Today, while holiday depression isn’t …