When is Depression Not Depression? Part 2

Being discouraged is a state that sounds like depression, but the causes are so different.

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 1

I have been talking with people lately who are suffering with symptoms they call depression, yet I am hearing something else. Something they don’t want to talk about mostly: loss and grief, discouragement and disappointment. These are all different from each other and different from depression.

The Age of Diagnoses and Prognoses

You are in many ways what you believe. And your brain regards as important those things on which you focus your attention and about which you repeatedly think.

The Essence of Managing Anxiety

Stress, anxiety and worry make us uneasy and can derail efforts to stay calm. Here are 10 simple ways to keep calm can make it possible to carry on even in difficult situations.

The Purpose of Worry and How to Manage it

There are many reasons why a person may develop the kind of anxiety that includes ruminative worrying. And there are many tools to control that kind of worry. Give these ideas a try—you might be surprised that you can eliminate worry.

Speaking Up for Yourself, Part 2

You can learn that speaking up does not have to mean conflict, and that gradually you can become more comfortable with establishing some boundaries. If the person you are with later treats you in a way that feels like payback for them being nice to you, then you have learned something about the relationship.

Speaking Up for Yourself, Part 1

The idea of boundaries feels like I may be asking them to put up a wall, to keep others away or just be alone without anyone near them.If you are depressed the idea of creating boundaries that separate you would make you feel much worse.

People, skills, attitude and money: the 4 Horsemen of Stress

Help I need somebody! Planning whom to call on is a #1 resource for stress.

Am I Being Punished?

If we were punished for every mistake, it would for sure be a depressing world. None of us gets what we deserve, and that is usually a good thing.

Shame and Depression

Low on energy = low on activity. That is a sure fire path to feeling blue. How does a person deal with what seems like an inevitable failure of motivation and activity?

Get Out Of Depression, Get Into Your Senses

Stimulate your senses to lift depression.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

When we try and control things that are not ours to control, it can result in more stress and problems than we anticipated.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

When we try and be the ringmaster in someone else's circus, it can result in chaos and confusion. When we focus on our own circus and control the things that are ours to control, we find that life becomes much easier to manage.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Tips to Overcome the Disorder

The first way to get ready for the holiday season is to check out your mood today.

Curling up With a Good Book Can Be a Mood Booster

Read! it will give your brain a boost!

Lighten Up Your Depression With a Movie

Whether the movie makes you laugh or brings you to tears, you might just feel a lot better.

A Memory of a Friend Can Lift You Up

Remembering Donna is an antidepressant.

Ready! Fire! Aim!

Knowing your goals before you start helps your brain recognize success.

Worry and Anxiety in Depression

Anxiety tries to be your friend in depression, but then it takes over. Learn to interrupt it!

When Self-Compassion Requires Self-Forgiveness

Learning to forgive yourself in 6 steps.

Self-Compassion: A Pathway to Eliminate Negative Self Labels

Develop self-compassion to stop being your own worst critic.

What to Do When You Are Your Own Worst Critic

What happens when you take over your family's role of criticizing yourself?

If at First You Don't Succeed – It May Be Time to Quit

Sometimes trying is trying too hard.

Aging and Depression

We can't avoid aging, but we can embrace it

Two Minutes to De-Stress

Get five ideas to take two-minute stress relief breaks in your hectic life.

Exiting Negative Neural Networks

For memory, as for weight training, repetitions are necessary to gain strength.

Until Now... Two Powerful Words You Can Use to Turn Self-Defeating Thoughts Around

Repetitive, doom-laden thoughts are common to depressed minds. Such thoughts are both a feature of depressed, out-of-balance neurochemistry and of the way that memory is networked.