Mental Health, Self-Care

Depression Can Be Tricksy

Pay attention mamas! That cranky and irritable mood you are in might not be from #Kids, but it could be depression.

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First off, I am not a medical professional. I’m simply sharing my story in hopes that it might help another mom who is feeling this same way but doesn’t know what is causing it. If you think you may be depressed, talk to your doctor as soon as you can. You are not alone. There is help.

Instinctually, I knew something was wrong. So chances are, if you feel like something is wrong, don’t ignore that feeling. For me, I felt hopeless, irritable, and overly self-critical. Which is why I never thought I was depressed! Depression can be down right tricksy! read more

Mental Health, Self-Care

Living with Depression

How exactly does it feel to live with depression?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with depression? What does it feel like to be depressed? Click here to find out more!

Trying to describe what it’s like living with depression is like trying to describe a sunset. You know all the correct adjectives and nouns, but the description always falls short of seeing it for yourself.

I have blogged previously about my experience recognizing my depression. I am currently on medication which helps, but I am not “cured” of my depression. It’s much more manageable than it once was and my good days far outnumber my bad. But I still feel some of the depression symptoms. read more

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Managing Depression | My aha Moment

Managing depression can be as simple as an aha moment.

Managing Depression

I LOVE aha moments. Oprah Winfrey describes aha moments as “those moments when I sit down to talk to somebody and they say something that makes me look at life or a situation in a completely different way. And I say, ‘Aha! I get it!’ Light bulb . . . and the little hairs on your arm stand up. That is an aha moment.” After recognizing my depression, the next step was managing depression. My aha moment was a critical part of that. It helped me fully understand my depression, and what I was going through. read more

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Recognizing my Depression

Signs of depression and how I came to realize I was depressed.  

Depression and motherhood are often talked about. But how do you know if you have it? I know my road to recognizing my depression wasn't what it normally looks like. The first step in understanding and overcoming depression is recognizing it within yourself. Signs of depression shouldn't be ignored. There is help! Click here to read my story.

The onset of my depression didn’t come where you would expect it. It didn’t come after my father-in-law died. It didn’t come after the dissolution of a 15 year-long friendship. It didn’t come after trying to conceive with no results. It didn’t come after my uncle died. It didn’t come after the birth of either of my kids. It didn’t come after my dad got a blood infection in knee and almost lost his leg. It came in November of 2011 when comedian Patrice O’Neal died. read more