Unscheduled

TDP Episode 93 photoEpisode 93: Unscheduled, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, J., tells the story of his depression and how taking psilocybin mushrooms relieved his depression symptoms for months afterward. Sunday, October 14, 2018

Everyday Health
Britt’s Story: A Morning Routine to Manage Depression

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-resource-center/britts-morning-routine-to-manage-depression/

“The good thing about a morning routine is that you make sure you take care of yourself before the day gets ahead of you,” Reints says.

Anyone can benefit from a morning routine, whether you have depression or not, says Renee Garfinkel, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. But when you’re living with depression, establishing a morning routine may need to be more of a conscious choice. Depression can make you wonder why you should bother getting out of bed at all. Having a routine that feels automatic can give you less time to dwell in that mindset.

Reints’ routine helps her to get everything in place so she can sit down and work for three hours in the morning, which helps keep her on track.

Garfinkel agrees that taking your morning routine one step at a time makes it easier to move forward. Another good idea is to do what you can the night before, such as setting out your clothes or putting your toothbrush and towel on the sink. “You’ve set an intention at night that this is what you’re going to do in the morning,” she says.

Masterpiece
A master calligrapher was writing some characters onto a piece of paper. One of his especially perceptive students was watching him. When the calligrapher was finished, he asked for the student’s opinion – who immediately told him that it wasn’t any good. The master tried again, but the student criticized the work again. Over and over, the calligrapher carefully redrew the same characters, and each time the student rejected it. Finally, when the student had turned his attention away to something else and wasn’t watching, the master seized the opportunity to quickly dash off the characters. “There! How’s that?,” he asked the student. The student turned to look. “THAT…. is a masterpiece!” he exclaimed.

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Generosity

TDP Episode 92 photoEpisode 92: Generosity, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Debbie Barnett, tells the story of her depression and how going to a psychiatrist turned out to be a terrifying experience . Sunday, September 16, 2018

Psychology Today – Posted May 08, 2018

Generosity Pays Dividends in Happiness: Study show even slightly generous people are happier than self-centered people.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/codes-joy/201805/generosity-pays-dividends-in-happiness

Would you be surprised to learn that people who are generous are happier than those who aren’t? Well according to researchers at the University of Zurich, generosity appears to connect to living a happier life.

Here’s how the research went: 50 volunteers were divided into two groups and were told they would be given a modest amount of money. One group was told to spend the money on themselves and the other group was asked to give a gift of some money to someone they knew.

As each person in both groups were deciding how to spend the money the researchers measured the brain activity of the person in three areas of the brain: one area where prosocial behavior and generosity are processed; another area (in the ventral striatum), which is related to happiness; and (in the orbitofrontal cortex), where cost/benefits are evaluated in the decision-making processes. After the measurements were made the subjects were asked to rate their happiness before and after the experiment.

The results showed that those people who were generous in their gifting reported being happier than before the experiment began. Also, they reported greater happiness than the control group who intended to spend the money on themselves.

As reported in Science News, the lead researcher, Philippe Tobler said, “You don’t need to become a self-sacrificing martyr to feel happier. Just being a little more generous will suffice.”

The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground. -Rumi

Lying

TDP Episode 91 photoEpisode 91: Lying, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Neil, tells the story of his depression, along with anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar diagnosis, and how seeking help in the midst of mental and physical heath issues requires persistence and the ability to navigate the systems of government. Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Lies We Tell When We Are Depressed
September 19, 2013 • Contributed by Cynthia W. Lubow, MS, MFT

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/lies-we-tell-when-we-are-depressed-0919135

Excerpts:

Even the most honest people are faced with lying when they are depressed. This is yet another indignity adding to the suffering of depression. The most obvious and pervasive example is the frequent, daily question, “How are you?” It is a social convention to greet friends, strangers, and acquaintances with this question. Frankly, most of us lie in response to this question, or at least shade or limit the truth, because people generally don’t want to hear the true answer when they ask. Convention tells us to answer, “I’m fine, thanks; how are you?” For most people most of the time, this isn’t a big deal. It’s just a formality that facilitates greeting people, and is understood as a friendly hello. It’s not generally a problem because mostly people are fine, and don’t need to tell someone about the rash on their butt or the dog poo they stepped in.

But for a depressed person, the lies required for social convention are constant, and they create more and more isolation and separateness from other people. They reinforce a sense of having a shameful secret that no one wants to know or help them resolve. It reinforces a sense of being a burden or unlovable. All of these thoughts are common in depression, and to have them reinforced all day long by multiple people is crushing. Many people deal with it by isolating themselves from others if they can.

This is one of the most important reasons to find an experienced, qualified depression therapist when depression lasts longer than a few weeks. It’s essential to be able to tell someone the whole truth about how much you’re suffering, without concern that the person will discount you, disbelieve, judge, get distracted by fear about what you are saying, or respond with boredom, irritation, or impatience. As obvious as that may sound, not many people can do this for others.

 

Art

TDP Episode 90 photoEpisode 90: Art, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Kenneth Weene, tells the story of depression/not depression from his book, “Jumping Over the Ram”, which he co-authored with Deng, a Sudanese man who had to repress his softer feelings to survive life as a child soldier and escaping to a refugee camp. Sunday, August 12, 2018

For more information on Kenneth Weene, his books and his councilling practice:

Website is www.kennethweene.com
Amazon page is https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU
Phone number is (602) 300-1830
His newest books, not yet released, are “Jumping Over the Ram” and “Red and White”.

Excerpts read on the show:

Artists and Depression: The Link Between Depression and Creativity
https://www.recoveryranch.com/articles/artists-depression-link-depression-creativity/

Where there is depression, art often seems to follow—sometimes great art. Poe, Pollock, Michelangelo, Hemingway, Keats, Gauguin, Dickens and Blake are just a few famous creative artists who are known to have suffered from terrible bouts of depression.

But how exactly do depression and art interrelate? Do depressive episodes somehow aid in the creative process, or is there something about being an artist in any creative field that predisposes one to develop depression? Psychologists and psychiatrists have studied and pondered this question for decades, and most have concluded that depression does play a role in creative output.

Creative people can become chronically frustrated because their idealism and reflective natures make it impossible for them to accept their own failures or those of society. Others without such a creative inclination may be saddened in the moment. But they’ll be far less likely to tie themselves up in knots imagining and re-imagining alternative histories that could have happened but didn’t, or should happen but never will.

Depression can be a debilitating condition, but often it is a warning sign and a cry for help. In other words, it calls for action, and those with great artistic ability naturally turn to their art to express what they’re feeling. Their depression may not be the cause of their art, but it can be a motivation for it, or a coping mechanism for it. That helps explain why so many creative people burdened with depression have managed to maintain such an impressive output of creative works.

When used to treat depression, art therapy functions as an outlet for expressing feelings that aren’t easy to put into words, or that are so repressed or hidden that they can only be revealed through the free and open channels of the creative process. Artistic practice of all types takes the artist deeper into their own subconscious, where the answers to the mysteries of mental illness are more likely to be found.

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

Healthcare

TDP Episode 89 photoEpisode 89: Healthcare, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, John Anglin, tells the story of his depression and how his struggles with addiction lead him to a career in helping other people through peer support. Sunday, July 8, 2018.

People Keep

https://www.peoplekeep.com/blog/faq-how-much-does-it-cost-to-provide-health-insurance-to-employees

Conclusion

On average, the combined cost of providing group health insurance is $6,251 per year for single coverage (2015) or $17,545 per year for family cover­age.

To offer more affordable health benefits, one solution is to adopt a defined contribution strategy where employees purchase individual health insurance and are reimbursed by their defined contribution allowance.

In a time of steep annual rate increases for group health insurance, a defined contribution model offers cost predictability and access to quality health insurance coverage.

The Real Reason the U.S. Has Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

New York Times By Aaron E. Carroll, Sept. 5, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/upshot/the-real-reason-the-us-has-employer-sponsored-health-insurance.html

This system is expensive. The single largest tax expenditure in the United States is for employer-based health insurance. It’s even more than the mortgage interest deduction. In 2017, this exclusion cost the federal government about $260 billion in lost income and payroll taxes. This is significantly more than the cost of the Affordable Care Act each year.

Freedom

TDP Episode 88 photoEpisode 88: Freedom, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Arya, tells the story of her depression and how a breakup has lead to months of crying to the point where it feels like a cleanse and maybe even a new chapter in her life. Sunday, May 13, 2018.

New Projects

TDP Episode 87 photoEpisode 87: New Projects, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Kevin Charles, tells the story of his depression and struggles with addiction, and how being smart and a little depressed can lead to seeing the glass half empty. Sunday, April 29, 2018.

24 Creative Ways To Channel Depression Or Anxiety (abbreviated) – Alanna Okun

Buzzfeed
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/making-it-through?utm_term=.slWzgnZ0m#.atG06dmo8

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us what they’ve created during periods of depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles.
1. Tend to some plants.
2. Take self-portraits.
3. Turn the old into the new.
4. Get out in the world…
5. …and capture what you find there.
6. Or literally turn it into art.
7. Work with makeup or body paint.
8. Blend your own scented candles.
9. Focus on a new buddy. Rescue Dog?
10. Design your dream house.
11. And your dream outfits.
12. Wrap arrowheads.
13. Bake, bake, bake.
14. Teach
15. Draw.
16. Crochet a blanket, for yourself or a beloved pal.
17. Sell what you’ve made.
18. Paint.
19. Play with fire.
20. Make your tears work for you. I would make literal tears out of fabric and embroidery
21. Know the value of even the smallest, most temporary projects.
22. Make little monsters.
23. Take up embroidery.
24. Create your life.

Ups and Downs

TDP Episode 86 photoEpisode 86: Ups and Downs, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Liz Caraballo, tells the story of her depression and how having experienced “mental difference or neurological difference” allows her to be a compassionate vibrational guide and relate deeply to her clients’ needs. Sunday, April 22, 2018.

To find out more about Liz Caraballo

https://vibrationalguide.com/

https://www.facebook.com/emcaraballo?ref=br_rs

Excerpts on the show:

https://mental-health-matters.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-depression/

The Ups And Downs Of Depression
By Jeff Foster

Yes, we do know that depression is hereditary.

Depression can often be found to run throughout the generations of the same family invading the DNA molecules which make up a particular family’s genes. This causes the family members to be more susceptible to depression.

However, there is another school of thought that says perhaps the real reason we see depression run in families is that it is also environmental in that it all depends on how the children are raised. If they see the affects of depression encroaching on the lives of their family and they see the results then they will learn to deal with life the very same way.

Even though we are quite clear that depression runs in families, depression is also seen in those without any family history. stress resulting from a variety of issues, trauma, or even prescription medications or illegal drugs have all been known to cause depression.

Riding the ups and downs of depression can leave you even more exhausted that the last wave of depression you faced. Depression is known to run in cycles. You may feel completely fine one day and the next day you may be completely and utterly unable to get yourself out of the bed and out of your night clothes. The dramatic ranges of emotions are well documented in cases of depression.

Many healthcare providers and scientist alike believe that many suffering with depression manifest a chemical imbalance of Norepinephrine and Serotonin which are the feel good neurotransmitters found in the central nervous system and in the brain.

These neurotransmitters work to help control feelings of happiness and well being. The neurotransmitter Norepinephrine is thought to be a stress hormone; while Serotonin is thought to control hunger, overall moods, sleep and sexual feelings.
When these chemicals get out of whack they are thought to cause depression.

 

So if you think about it, when these neurotransmitters are out of balance it only makes sense that the roller coaster ride of depression would result. As these levels of these chemical rises and falls thereto go the emotions and feelings associated with them.

The real question is why do some people experience peaks and valleys with their chemical make up while others seem to be more stable. Again, it begs the question is it really the environment in which you were raised or is it truly the ebb and flow of the neurotransmitters that alter feelings causing the dramatic impact of depression.

Do you mirror your family because that is all you know how to do, it is the only way you know to respond or is it that you are genetically and chemically bound to your family and because of that simply have no choice of being impacted by depression.

Crazy

TDP Episode 85 photoEpisode 85: Crazy, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Lauren, tell the story of her depression and illnesses, and how being smart and intuitive can make depression harder to navigate. Sunday, April 15, 2018.

“All the world is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer.” – Robert Owen

“CRAZYWISE adds a voice to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potentially transformational, not a disease without a cure.” Crazywise – Philip Borges