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Help for Depression

Postby skannie » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:57 am

Depression As Barbara has stated, these forums weren’t set up to help people with problems of severe depression or other mental illnesses, and the members don’t have the resources or training to deal with them adequately. But if you or anyone you know needs support or information in connection with depressive illnesses, here are some sites that can provide it. http://www.befrienders.org http://www.samaritans.org http://www.depressionalliance.org http://www.aware.ie/index.htm http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_tips.htm http://www.mentalhelp.net http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthin ... ssion.aspx http://healthyplace.com/communities/dep ... f_help.asp I'm adding two more sites about depression http://www.ifred.org/index.html http://www.wingofmadness.com/index.php P.S. Moderators: Feel free to move this if you can think of a better location. I wanted to put it in Resources but I can't.
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Postby BarbaraSher » Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:28 am

Fabulous, Skannie. Thank you. I didn't look at all of them, but I'd love anyone who can to do so, and tell us what you think of each. Do you know of any such sites (unless these do double-duty) for bipolar people? They often can't use the medication (or the advice?) of people who suffer only from depression
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Postby skannie » Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:14 am

Hi Barbara I think they cover bipolar disorder too, but I'll see if I can find some specific ones.
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Bipolar Disorder

Postby skannie » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:57 am

Bipolar Disorder I discovered that there are many websites about bipolar disorder. The first one to come up in a Google search is the Irish Aware site that I already included in the depression list. Here are some more that look good, with a variety of resources. But I haven't studied any of them in detail. http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/tv_and_radi ... ndex.shtml http://www.dbsalliance.org http://www.bipolardisorder.com http://www.pendulum.org http://www.bpkids.org http://www.bipolarchild.com/iep.html http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bipolar_ ... cle_em.htm http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publicat ... ipolar.pdf This one covers bipolar, schizophrenia and a range of other conditions http://www.nami.org
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Suicide

Postby skannie » Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:04 am

Suicide Here are some sites specifically about suicide. Also see the first two on the depression list in the first post of this thread. This one is for people who are feeling suicidal now http://www.metanoia.org/suicide How to help someone who may be suicidal http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/whattodo.htm How to handle a phone call from a suicidal person http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/sphone.htm
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Postby gordman » Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:54 am

Great links guys, dealing with depression is not easy, it can really make a mess of your life, I guess you know that already...
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby jims » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:46 pm

Here is a little different site for bipolar and depression help. http://geocities.com/focusandcontrol/ It does not ask for any donations and is not run by any drug companies or medical facilities. It is by a person who has lived without medication for decades. He describes his experience and the many methods he uses to deal with mood swings and live a full life. It has links for more help and many book reviews. Jim
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby funnyvalentine » Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:52 am

Here is something that helps me with depression: Books. Lots and lots of books. And making plans based on those books, then taking action. Refuse to Choose! has helped me a lot. So have The Artist's Way, Writing Down the Bones, and You Can Do It! I tried depression meds, and they never worked. I tried talk therapy, behavior modification therapy, and many other things. They helped some. The thing that helps me the most is just focusing on a book, plus one small project at a time. The small project can be anything: "I want to learn to bake a cake from scratch", "Write one page per day"....anything. It helps you get rid of the powerless feeling that leads to depression so much of the time. I read somewhere that depression is repressed anger or repressed action. I don't know if that is true for all people all of the time, but it really helps me to stop repressing the feeling I get when I want to do something by saying it's "silly" or "can't be done". I try to keep my mind as open as possible while studying, and I like to take time to consider where I need to grow as a person in order to be happier. Then I just keep going, depression or no. Even when it is unbearable to get out of bed in the morning. Do something small. In the end, you may still be depressed, but at least your room will be cleaner/you will know how to bake a cake/you will have developed a positive habit of some sort. Best of luck!
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby jims » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:05 pm

I also get help from books and from doing small things. Some days I feel like I just can't get out of bed. Then I get up and just do one little task after another. The act of moving around and getting things done seems to take away my depression. However, it is difficult to start. Once I get started, just 60 seconds of movement will make me feel a lot better. Jim S
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby funnyvalentine » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:08 pm

I agree with you, Jim S. The hardest part is starting. But, once I get past the first minute or two, things get much easier, and then it is hard to stop. I guess it's the Law of Inertia.
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby An8el » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:09 am

Here's a book with some amazing suggestions for dealing with depression. Not so strangely, it's about happiness: http://chass.ucr.edu/faculty_book/lyubomirsky/discover_happiness.html It's called the How Of Happiness by Sonya Lyubomirsky. Amazing book, I'd say on the level of Barbara Sher's work. I know the suggestions in it work because I do many of them naturally. Doing these things have gotten me out of depression more than once; used them by thinking carefully what I did when I was happy and intentionally engaging in them again. Hard to think when you're depressed because not enough of the right kind of juice is getting to my brain; that's why exercise is significant. The other thing that most people forget to do is to make sure of is that your depression doesn't have a physical cause. Mine was caused by a thyroid condition! Knowing that helped me get out of it much, much faster than other times I had experienced it. Every time my old b/f stops eating regularly, he gets depressed - bingo! But he still allows it to happen over and over, even though he knows eating regularly for him is very, very important.
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby athena » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:46 am

Anything you can find for high functioning autistics - especially women, would be helpful. I have a friend who falls into this category. Her health coverage does not even cover any local [Pittsburgh, PA] therapists who specilalize in autism in adults. And she's having a very rough time with other organizations in our area. Most are geared towards children and the rest treat disabled adults like they are little kids. thanks for anything you can find, athena
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby Unity » Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:04 pm

Athena There is a very good forum on a website of the author Torey Hayden but I no longer have the link.
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby athena » Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:13 pm

Thanks Unity, I'll look into it. Anything else would be helpful. athena
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Re: Help for Depression

Postby twisterintexas » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:10 am

Hello Athena, This site has helped me deal with the differences in my child (and my husband - cut from the same cloth!) in regards to Asperger's / Autism: http://www.wrongplanet.net/
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