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Seth Adam Smith
Seth Adam Smith is an Alaskan-born blogger and the editor-in-chief of Surviving a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth has learned that the best way to healing is to help others move forward in life. He and his wife, Kim, live in Florida. He is currently preparing several books for publication.

Entries by Seth Adam Smith

Are Mormons Playing the Race Card?

(135) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 8:41 PM

FREETOWN, an indie film (called a "religious thriller") was released less than two weeks ago in select theaters across the United States. The movie--in its first seven days--has grossed nearly a quarter of a million dollars. For most independent films, this amount in its entire run would be a dream....

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On Finding My Priceless Treasure

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Traveling the world has always been a dream of mine. There's something really thrilling about seeing new places, meeting new people, and having unexpected adventures and insights.

Fortunately for me, I've been able to travel a lot this year. In the last 12 months, I've been to Russia, Belgium, France,...

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Controversial Artist Attacks Obama in New Painting

(646) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Jon McNaughton, a conservative artist with a penchant for creating politically charged paintings, has just released his most controversial painting yet...

The painting depicts a smiling President Obama playing golf -- while a fiery, nuclear explosion is clearly visible in the background.

The name of the painting? Obama's Foreign Policy.

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How My Brother Saved Me From Suicide

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:28 PM

I'm the youngest of six kids. I have two brothers: The oldest is David and the other is Sean.

Sean and I didn't get along when we were younger.

Don't get me wrong, it was nothing serious. More of a personality difference. I liked Star Trek, he liked sports. I...

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Finding Happiness Through Unhappiness?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:27 PM

The internet is filled to bursting with advice on how to be happy, but have you ever tried being unhappy? In this humorous and insightful TEDx talk, Dr. Matthew Whoolery illustrates how we can find happiness through unhappiness. But I don't want to spoil it for you. Watch the video...

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What Can Winston Churchill Teach Us About Depression?

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:28 AM

My guide through life has always been Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the prime minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. His active and steadfast resistance to Adolf Hitler, along with his vehement refusal to even consider defeat, helped inspire his nation to victory against Nazi Germany. His strength of character and his determination to never give up -- even in the most dire circumstances -- has made him one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.

But Churchill was also a very funny man.

As some of you are aware, Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt were actually very good friends. Once, while Churchill was staying at the White House, President Roosevelt decided to stop by Churchill's room. The prime minister, who had just finished taking a bath, was pacing back and forth in his room -- completely naked. When Roosevelt rolled into the room and saw Churchill in the buff, Churchill calmly replied, "You see, Mr. President, I have nothing to hide from you." [Source: TIME]

But there was something that Churchill did hide from the world: He struggled with what he called "the black dog" of depression. Researchers and biographers have since diagnosed him as someone who struggled with major episodes of depression.

Of Churchill's battle with depression, psychiatrist Anthony Storr said this: "Only a man who knew what it was to discern a gleam of hope in a hopeless situation, whose courage was beyond reason, and whose aggressive spirit burned at its fiercest when he was hemmed in and surrounded by enemies, could have given emotional reality to the words of defiance which rallied and sustained us [during World War II]." [Source: NAMI]

The full weight of Europe on his shoulders. He was, in many respects, a lone man standing against the full onslaught of Adolf Hitler -- one of the most evil men in history. In studying Churchill's life -- his victories and defeats, along with his emotional obstacles and personal challenges -- I am perpetually amazed by his indomitable will to fight his way forward.

In a speech delivered to the House of Commons on June 4, 1940, Churchill rallied his beleaguered nation with these words:

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Consider the context of these words. Not only was Churchill leading the charge against Nazi Germany, he was simultaneously leading a personal charge against his own depression.

With this in mind, the following phrase (one of his most famous quotes) is given even more power and meaning:

Never give in -- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

In my darkest and most trying hours, I often look to a photograph I have of Winston Churchill. He doesn't look back at me. Instead, he looks forward, into some distant horizon -- as if to say, "Never give in. Keep moving forward."

When you think of Sir Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt, please consider this incredible irony: They were two leaders that faced tremendous challenges. One of them struggled with the darkness of depression; the other was bound to a wheelchair. Had they grown up in Nazi Germany, Hitler likely would have had both men exterminated for their imperfections. And yet, these two men -- these two imperfect people -- moved forward, and together, they defeated a darkness which had swept across Europe.

I believe that as we continue to move forward -- step by step -- we will defeat the darkness within us and inspire others to move forward.

So never give in. Keep moving forward.

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My Wife Doesn't Give Me The Love I Deserve!

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 1:30 PM

My wife doesn't give me the the love I deserve.

About a year and a half into our marriage, I was struggling with an intense feeling of bitterness. Marriage wasn't what I had anticipated. It wasn't anything like the pretty photographs and romantic movies I had seen -- it was...

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Echte Liebe ist eine Entscheidung

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Meine Frau und ich kennen uns schon seit der High School, sind aber erst viel später zusammen gekommen. Wir waren erst ein paar Wochen zusammen als wir festgestellt haben, dass wir wie verrückt ineinander verliebt waren und dass wir heiraten wollten.

Ich war ganz dafür! Ich schlug sogar eine spontane,...

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20 Life-Changing Books!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:46 PM

If you want to change your body, change what you eat and how you exercise. If you want to change your outlook on life, change what you read and put it into practice.

Listed below are twenty life-changing books. Unless you are determined to be miserable (which, strangely enough, some people are),...

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Fighting Depression and Suicide With Love

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:21 PM

As someone who openly struggles with depression, I'm frequently confronted by the parents, siblings, and friends of individuals who are having suicidal thoughts and feelings.

"What can we do?" they ask. "How can we help them?"

In an article published on, I wrote my answer to those...

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Real Love Is a Choice

(45) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:34 AM

My wife and I have known each other since high school, but didn't date until much later. We had only dated a couple of weeks before we realized that we were madly in love and wanted to get married.

I was all for it! I even suggested a spontaneous, immediate...

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I'm Tired of Praying for Iraq

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Since 2003, Americans have been encouraged to pray for Iraq. But after another display of barbarism by the Islamic State militants I realize I've grown tired of praying for Iraq.

Now is the time to act.

Do you realize that the Islamic State militants (also known as ISIS) is a...

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Please Stop Hating Your Body

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:34 PM

We live in a culture that hates the body. Don't believe me? Look around. We set unsustainable standards of physical beauty and enlist models to represent them. We then slather these models in oils and makeup, place them under "flattering" lights, and Photoshop them into oblivion.

We take these deceptive images and publish them to the world, insinuating that...

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To the Women Who Dread Mother's Day

(49) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:35 PM

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I can't help but think about all those who are dreading its approach.

My heart aches for those who want to be mothers, but for whatever reason cannot.

I know a couple who struggled for years to have children, only to be met...

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Marriage STILL Isn't For Me -- and Neither Is My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Six months ago, I published an article on my blog entitled, "Marriage Isn't For You." It was based on some advice that my dad gave me before I got engaged. "Marriage isn't for you," he said. "It's about the person...

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How to Help Someone With Depression

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Because I'm open about my depression, I get a lot of emails from people who are worried about a loved one who is struggling. How can I help them? they ask.

Well, that's a really tough question to answer, because most of the time I don't really know how to help myself. The nature...

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A Divorce That Will IMPROVE Your Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:38 AM


I know a man who had a great divorce -- one that blessed his life and the lives of others immeasurably. And, strangely enough, this divorce actually improved his marriage. At the time, I didn't quite understand it. But now I think I...

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I'm Letting My Wife Go

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 6:36 PM


I'm sure it may come as a shock to some people, but I let my wife go. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but it was the right thing for the both of us.

No, we're...

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Symbolism in the Olympic Ring Failure

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:54 AM


After a technical malfunction prevented Sochi's fifth snowflake from blossoming into an Olympic ring the internet went into a tailspin. The mishap has prompted a great deal of speculation, mockery, gossip, and even an internet hoax about a possible assassination.

Amid all the...

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Marriage Isn't for You

(1211) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Having been married only a year and a half, I've recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn't for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for 10 years until... until we...

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