Self Improvement : The Moral Bucket List

Often we need to remember to foster and nourish our moral and inner selves, especially in a time when we are taught to focus on marketable skills, rather than emotional and sympathetic virtues. Learning to better yourself by being a better friend and confidant to others is an amicable goal, and this article gives some great ideas on how to do that. A highly recommended read.

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“Adventures in Depression”

Sometimes hearing other people’s stories and feelings about depression can make you feel less alone. Adding humor always helps. This honest and well-written comic-book story outlines the author’s struggle with depression and self-loathing that gives anyone good insight into what depression really feels like.

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Depression Part Two

Another clever and insightful story from Hyperbole and a Half. A sincere and helpful look into how depression feels to those who experience it. If you or someone you know is going through depression, it helps to know how they feel!

Reading through this comic, the drawings are silly enough to add some levity to such a serious topic, and still illustrate real feeling.

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Communicating Emotions

At home or in the workplace, we often reply to “How are you?” with stock answers, rather than actually answering the question. This article goes into the importance of being able to communicate your actual emotions and how encouraging openness is a benefit to productivity and overall well-being for employees.

“It just dawned on me,” he told his colleagues, “how much likely goes unsaid between us and what the cost of holding that in must be.”

Making sure people know you really want to know how they are can make a big difference.

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Teen Suicide on the Rise in Modern Society

An informative article about rising rates and concerns about teen suicides in the US. High expectations, pressure and inadequate support may be responsible for this. What can we do to reverse this trend?

“It reflects on the shortfalls of some modern parenting, which, in her view, can be not only overprotective but overbearing, micromanaging the lives of children, pointing them toward specific mile markers of achievement and denying them any time to flail or room to fail. They wind up simultaneously frazzled and fragile.”

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Diagnosing: Is it depression or something else?

This article goes into a case study about a patient who exhibited signs of depression, but, as his therapist adeptly noticed, it’s not always depression causing people to be removed, anguished, and distant. Neglect, anxiety and early truama can cause depression-like symptoms, but need very different treatment strategies. Being aware that many things can make a person feel depressed or closed-off from the world is important when trying to help people get to the root of their issues and start to make progress.

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Yoga & PTSD : A great method for coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A great study on the effects of yoga on treating PTSD. This article follows an Army veteran who gave up his career in the military to teach yoga full time. Considering all the issues with current drug treatments for PTSD, this drug-free, healthy alternative is a great way to go, and makes for a wonderful read. Yoga has been shown to help people with stress, anxiety, and depression.

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