The story of a lawyer who is dealing with bipolar disorder. What it meant to him before, during and after his diagnosis as well as moving forward in his life. Read it here.
The Bipolar Lawyer
When Someone Mocks Your Mental Illness
Great blog from Jeanne Crouteau covering topics from stigma to coping strategies. Really loved the last piece of advice; to paraphrase: “stay true to you-No matter what anybody says, you know the truth about your journey…(and) Whatever you do, just don’t give up!” Read more here.
‘Listen to Your Body’: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About if You Have Depression
Insightful blog that reminds us the negative thinking and sense of guilt are not accurate reflections of ourselves but are instead the product of our depression. As such we need to remember to challenge those thoughts and feelings, and to take the positive step of seeking support when we need to. Read more here.
The ‘Grisly Reality’ Behind Mental Health Issues At Harvard Law School
Harvard Law has taken a ‘cold, hard’ look at issues affecting their student body, one of which is student mental health. The ‘grisly reality’ is that, in a survey taken last year, a quarter of the student body reported suffering from depression. Read more here.
Blue Monday Isn’t the Only Day Depression Can Strike. Here’s How I Cope.
Though Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real and debilitating form of mental illness, its important to remember that depression is not simply consigned to specific times of the year. By implication this means that, though depression can strike at the heart of summer, we also do not need to ‘resign’ ourselves to feeling bad during the winter months. This blog gives some helpful coping strategies, no matter the date nor the weather. Read them here.
10 Ways to Cope with Depression During the Holiday Season
Some useful tips for making this holiday season as stress free, manageable and enjoyable as possible. Read them here.
Daylight Savings Time Is A Depression-Inducing Devil, So Here is What I Do To Keep It From Keeping Me Down
Aliya King’s blog offers some useful tips for coping with depressive symptoms that tend to crop up around this time of year. Read it here.
No Sweat: Small Doses of Exercise May Ward Off Depression
Small doses of exercise, if performed consistently, can be effective tools for combatting depression. A new study from Australia finds that even as little as one hour of exercise a week can elevate one’s mood, regardless of age or gender. Read the article here.
How Writing About my Mental Illness Helped Me Come to Terms With It
Great blog about the personal challenges and insecurities associated with sharing the reality of a diagnosed mental illness with your friends and colleagues. Hattie Gladwell discusses how writing helped her overcome these challenges and allowed her to be true to herself and those she is closest with. Read her blog here.
5 Ted Talks For Depression
Faith, who has coped with anxiety and depression throughout her life, shares a blog with links to 5 great Ted Talks about depression. The talks cover issues ranging from challenging stigma, to cognitive therapy, to everyday coping mechanisms. Each talk is informational and inspiring, with all offering a sense of hope that is grounded in the pain of past experience and guided by the belief that we all possess the strength to overcome the personal challenges presented by mental illness. Find them here.