What is a Psychological Autopsy? No Comments

How many times have you heard that one must be crazy even to think about suicide? The fact is most suicide attempts are made by intelligent people. These intelligent people become steadily blinded by swelling confusion and trauma. Add into the mixture an abyss of mental distress and instability put in a catalyst…

Are You Suffering from a Grief Disorder? No Comments

Creating an online tribute to remember someone’s life is a positive step you can take after the loss of a loved one. However, despite celebrating the life of someone who was close to you in this way, the grieving process is not easy and you may be left with lasting feelings of emptiness and a depressed mood. When this is the case, you are suffering from more than simply grief and you may have instead what is termed a grief disorder. It’s important that you recognize the symptoms of this so that you can receive timely treatment…

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The Journey of Grief: Sad or Depressed? No Comments

It has been six months since my wife died. This anniversary passed almost without notice and then I felt guilty for not noticing. I have been up to my ears in alligators of late and somehow the date did not register. As would be expected, I have been sad ever since she died. Sadness is the normal and expected response to such a loss. Sad and lonely seem to sum up my days and especially my nights. I almost cherish the sadness. Not that I do not want to move past the pain, but the sadness…

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When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Condition No Comments

You are just diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, addiction, OCD, or some other mental health disorder. You go see a counselor to get help. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out your condition. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are four ways to deal with this situation. 1. Listen To The Professionals And Not Your Friends…

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Not A Matter of Choice No Comments

Our son Keith was 29 years old when he decided to end his life. Keith’s death was a suicide. Suicide is a frightening word and it is not only ignorance but fear and stigma that keep people from understanding why someone would take their life. In a way it is easier to think that a person made a “choice”, freeing us from knowing the truth. The word , “choice”, continues to perpetuate the stigma of suicide. The definition of “choice” is “the freedom in choosing, both in the way one chooses and in the number of possibilities from which to choose.”…

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A Review of Techniques in Managing Depression No Comments

Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression. One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity…

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It’s OK to be Depressed…Sometimes No Comments

During the first few years of my widowhood, when I was working through my grief, I’d occasionally have to tackle the monster of “DEPRESSION”. Of course the most obvious times were around holidays, special days of birthdays and anniversaries, and lifetime milestones of dance recitals, proms, and graduations. Then there were longer episodes of depression when I was tired of doing it alone. Times when everything seemed dark and I didn’t want to be happy. If the depression was caused by the anticipation of a special “day” or holiday…

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