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My Depression

November 14, 2017

My depression is back. As always, it crept up on me in the night, and I awoke to darkness, even with the Florida sunlight piercing the windows of my bedroom. Everything aches—my legs and lower back especially—like I’ve been crouching in a tight space for hours. Sitting up is too much effort so I lie […]

Anxiety & Depression

October 17, 2017

When we think about anxiety, we imagine our bodies “freaking out” and “revving up.” Depression, on the other hand, causes us to feel “flat” and sapped of energy—sometimes unable to get out of bed. So, we assume these disorders are opposites. While these characterizations may be broadly true, many of us are both freaking out […]

Practicing Self-Compassion

September 26, 2017

Earlier, I was telling Abs that I have been feeling down for the last few days and I can’t get anything done, which is making me feel both useless and frustrated. “Yes, that is the vicious cycle of depression,” Abs reminded me. “What would you say to another Anxiety Sister having the same problem?” I took […]

Caffeine and Anxiety

July 13, 2017

Does my morning coffee increase anxiety ? It seems to help depression. There are several studies that support your experience that caffeine lessens depression...

In Memoriam: Mental Illness Connects Us All

August 3, 2014

Like many of you, I cannot stop thinking about the suicide of Robin Williams.  In fact, when I look at my Facebook friends—people I have known since elementary school and others who are new friends and acquaintances—I am astounded by the number of folks who have been touched by depression, substance addiction and suicide.  I […]

Questions for Your Psychiatrist: A Checklist

February 26, 2013

A close friend of mine recently needed medication to treat her depression and anxiety symptoms.  She asked me how to find a psychiatrist, and how to make sure that person was good.  I told her that finding a good psychiatrist is like finding an excellent bagel outside of New York–it is possible, but the hunt […]

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