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Emotional Pain Does Not Have To Be A Permanent State

While watching a rerun of the popular TV show NCIS recently, the character Ducky gave a great piece of advice in his favorite quote “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  Some attribute this saying to Winston Churchill, but that has never been verified. I was struck by these words.  First, I was relaxed and mindlessly watching a TV show to pass the time and be entertained; I did not expect to stumble upon something[…]

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Does having access to the best resources prevent a mood disorder?

I happened to be in a conversation with two different people recently, both of whom were distressed and discouraged to learn that mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are generally considered relapsing and remitting conditions.  This means that episodes come and go over time in a pattern that is unique to each person.  They were distraught to learn that their mood episode could come back, even though they were getting the “best” treatment. These[…]

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The Losses of Depression: Grieve Them Now and Move On

I had an interesting conversation the other day about the losses we all experience when receiving a diagnosis of mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder.  Yes, losses.  At first glance it seems unfair, given that there is such a large burden to carry with the illness.  But it does happen and is something we need to acknowledge and deal with, otherwise the effect of these losses will come back to haunt you. What[…]

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