Depression Recovery: Home as Good Kindergarten and Mr. Rogers

An article about depression that includes kindergarten and Mr Rogers! Really? Bear with me. Have you noticed how a strong image or metaphor can be a container for all sorts of thoughts and ideas? That is why I am using good kindergarten and Mr. Rogers. As we scurry around each day we can have a vague awareness of frustration and discontent but can feel that we have to keep moving and keep...
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Working with Depression: Finding the Yielding Point

Rob pulsates with overwhelm. He is having depression symptoms: sleep is skewed, low energy, negative thinking patterns. He mind is spinning as he flails to find a way to work with it all. “If I got back to the gym…but there’s no time…I keep getting further behind at work… it’s helpful when I eat more healthily but I haven’t been able to get myself to the grocery store.” And on...
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What’s important? Big Rocks First

A teacher puts a gallon jar on the desk and sets a pile of fist sized rocks next to it. She asks the class how many rocks they think will fit. As they call out their guesses, she places one rock after another in the jar. When she asks the class if it is full, they reply with a resounding “Yes!” But wait she says. Then she brings out a container of gravel. The smaller bits of gravel lodge amongst...
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Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping

Depression and Winter Blues? 10 Tips for Coping The temperature drops for a day in September. Cool, gray, rainy. For some people, a visceral fear passes through their system. Especially people with mood disorders. The shorter days and increased darkness can be very difficult for those prone to depression. Oh no. Winter. Which may be followed by definitive statements like, “I hate winter.” “I am...
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Recovery Principle: 5 Steps towards taking REAL Brain Breaks

  Recovery principles: 5 steps towards taking REAL brain breaks Jerry shows up for our session a couple of minutes late. He appears flustered and digs through his backpack as he attempts to settle in. After a furtive glance at the screen, he sets his cell phone on the couch next to him like it is another guest in the room we simply cannot exclude. It takes Jerry the next ten minutes to land...
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Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol

Depression, Bipolar Disorders and Alcohol Michael is 30 years old. He works full time. He was diagnosed 6 months ago with Bipolar II. He is working with a psychiatrist and is feeling more stable in that his moods do not fluctuate as much, he is feeling less depressed and anxious, and more capable of staying focused at work. And he goes out with friends a couple of times per month and drinks...
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