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How To Comfort Someone With Depression (By Someone With Depression)

Depression can be a powerful force in a person’s life. It brings very unique and diverse forms of pain, it makes people feel and do things they wouldn’t normally, and it also causes very counterintuitive and confusing symptoms, making it notoriously difficult to soothe. Compiled here is a list of tips for comforting a depressed… Continue reading How To Comfort Someone With Depression (By Someone With Depression)

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Notice Your Self-Judgements

My therapist is a godsend. Specifically: I have been admitted to the psychiatric hospital so many times I can’t even remember all of them anymore (I have borderline personality disorder, which accounts for something like a quarter of psych hospitalizations, according to this study). There’s a strict procedure for discharging patients, which in my experience… Continue reading Notice Your Self-Judgements

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You’re Not Your Disease, Probably

I frequently wrestle with identity ambiguity. Daily, I find myself obsessing over that haunting question, “Who am I?” It’s already a hard enough dilemma as it is, without my mental illness complicating everything.  Ever since I found out I have pathological disturbances of mood, I frequently catch myself oscillating between two opposite modes of thought:… Continue reading You’re Not Your Disease, Probably

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Reclaiming the Black: Depression and Goth Expression in Youth (A Partial Correlation)

The other day I had a conversation with a father about his son’s fashion choices in middle school. “He was goth,” the man told me. “For several years he only wore black, head to foot.” Before going into an analysis of the goth phenomenon, I think it’s important to define what “goth” means. That’s tough… Continue reading Reclaiming the Black: Depression and Goth Expression in Youth (A Partial Correlation)