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How I Took Control Of My Life And Now It's Your Turn

Unwritten | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Aliza Vaccher. The last year and a half has been hard for me. And, it's not easy to admit that. It's difficult t...

5 Insights on Depression From Someone Who Suffers

Diana Whitney | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana Whitney

Here are five writers who have helped me survive -- poets and spiritual teachers, some who have known depression intimately. Use their words as you like. Disregard what doesn't speak to you. This is not a self-improvement program, only a suggested reading list. Ask for help. You are not alone.

Living With Depression: One Man's Struggle to Overcome

Shawn Henfling | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawn Henfling

Now, when people ask me how I'm doing, I don't tell them I'm fine. Now, the answer is "better than I've been in a long time." My willpower is as strong as it ever was, but I'm learning to recognize when I need a little assistance. I am more than my depression, and it's OK to ask for help.

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

Michael Mulligan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Michael Mulligan

he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important in the first place.

How I Finally Made My Wife Understand What It's Like To Be Depressed

Clint Edwards | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Clint Edwards

Trying to attach meaning to depression and anxiety is like trying to attach a tail to an invisible donkey.

I Cry -- A Lot

Frank M. Hobson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank M. Hobson

I have been depressed for so long that I simply do not know who I am not depressed. I don't remember a time in my adult life, adolescence, or childhood that I would consider myself not depressed. It is who I am.

Lindsay Holmes

9 Things Only People With Depression Can Truly Understand | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

There's been a lot of dialogue surrounding depression -- particularly in light of recent events -- as people struggle to understand why and how it aff...

What It Means to Suffer Alone: The Raw Truth About Depression

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

That's the thing about depression: When you are in it, people around you seem happy. They seem to have it together. And if you suffer, the last thing you want to do is take their happiness away or bring them down. You feel like a burden to those around you.

The Dark Side We Never See

Tim McDonald | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

As that realization entered my head, I began to understand that I had three choices. The first, reason I was in the rafters, was already ruled out. The other two were: I could get down and live my life the way it had been, or I could decide to change things about my life.

Actress Kelly Reilly Lets Loose About Her Very Controversial Character

Elizabeth Luisi | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Luisi

As a person with bipolar disorder, it is difficult to watch my illness portrayed on television. So when I saw the promos for ABC'S Black Box, starring Kelly Reilly, I was skeptical. Instead, what I found was surprisingly familiar; the series, and its star, are insightful and heartbreakingly honest.

I Realized How Much My Husband Loved Me After He Had Me Committed

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.15.2014 | Weddings

Four years ago, blogger Rona Berry Morin was struggling with a bout of depression so dark that she attempted suicide, leading her husband to make a to...

Teenagers With Anxiety and Depression: There's Hope -- Big Hope

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

I recently began a series of classes on mindfulness and meditation to help those challenged with chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. About two we...

5 Warning Signs That Depression Is Affecting Your Relationship

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

A resounding body of research has shown how closely depression is related to relationships in a cyclical fashion: Depression affects the quality of your relationships, and the features of your relationship can affect your level of depression.

Holiday Depression Can Be a Surprising Gift

Barrie Davenport | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barrie Davenport

But for some people, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the most painful of the year. Depression during the holidays is an all-too-common problem that turns the season into something to "get through" rather than a celebration to savor.

3 Tips for Getting "Home" for the Holidays

Erica Ariel Fox | Posted 01.29.2014 | HuffPost Home
Erica Ariel Fox

The holiday season has begun. At the heart of the holidays is the idea of going home. But where is home these days?

My Daughter's Life is Over With These Private Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question "Dear Steve, I am a Nurse Practitioner who is vey very concerned about my daughters mental health -as a result of he...

Let's Talk About Depression (Again)

Joe Peacock | Posted 10.21.2013 | Divorce
Joe Peacock

When you are depressed and someone tells you "but life is going to be AMAZING" you can't see it. It's not that you don't believe it. You do. You really, really do. But it doesn't matter. It's not right now. It's like telling someone with a broken arm "hey, one day it's going to not be broken."

5 Easy Steps to Improve Your Mood

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Coping with feelings of depression can be especially challenging, since when you're depressed, it's often much harder to motivate yourself to do the things you need to do to start feeling better.

Peace Yourself Together

Suna Senman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

While loneliness and isolation do not always lead to violence, and while they are not the only causes of violence, they are often a contributing factor to it. Learning how to transform isolation, in ourselves and others, thus can help facilitate not only inner peace but also social stability.

The Signs Of Depression, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Depression is partly biological, but there can be other psychological causes. When psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz met with me on Mondays With Marlo, she ...

How to Recognize and Get Help for Depression

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Depression is a real illness that affects mood, feelings, behavior and physical health, and contrary to what many people believe, it's not a normal part of aging or a personal weakness, but it is very treatable.

PTSD, Teens and the Brain

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 10.22.2012 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Dr. Amit Etkin/YOUTH RADIO Also aired on NPR's All Things Considered on August 17, 2012. By: Eyama Harris On the night of Stephani...

You Can Be Depressed Without Being Sad

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It is particularly important to identify depression without sadness (anhedonia) because recent research indicates that it may be anhedonia rather than sadness that correlates with poor physical health.

Summertime: And the Living Aint Easy

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.

For those of you with winter-SAD, it is not simply a winter condition -- it is a light-deficiency condition. Any time the light levels fall too low -- even in midsummer -- you are at risk for symptoms.

The Depression-Inflammation Connection

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 01.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

The dramatic rise in depression diagnoses over the last two decades is a great challenge to modern medicine. The reasons for the increase are complex, but one important theory deserves special consideration.