Tragedy In the Heartland – Mental Illness and Depression are Real

Yesterday, my normal day was interrupted by a phone call from a friend who was attending a Veteran’s Day program at a small, local school that happened to be the school I attended, and one that my children attended most of their lives. When I saw his name on my phone, I knew instantly something was wrong. I answered, and straight away he said he noticed I was friends with a certain family on Facebook […] Read the Full Article »

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – It’s that time of year…

Every year, for as long as I can remember, the month of September ushers in seasonal depression that remains until late March or sometimes, well into April. It wasn’t until after my twins were born that I actually realized the pattern and spoke to my doctor about it. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. […] Read the Full Article »

Fight the Winter Blues with These Helpful Hints

The cold and stormy weather, the cabin fever and the early darkness make winter a miserable time for many people. The winter blues are known to affect many people, and if you don’t know how to overcome them, it could cause you to suffer from severe depression. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can fight the winter blues. If you are known to become moody and miserable during the winter, use the following […] Read the Full Article »

How Did I Get Here?

People are too much work. I’m lonely. I miss having people drop by for dinner. I miss being able to vent. I do feel like the biggest “meanie” on the planet, and I can’t figure out how I got here. I was coping. I was a good mom. I was a social person. I fell in love. We’re great! But sometimes, life just gets so lonely and falls into a painful RUT! Do you ever […] Read the Full Article »

The Benefits of Mowing Therapy – A Personal Struggle with Depression

Ever since I can remember, I have gone through periods of deep depression. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the bouts – the just sort of come and go. Over the last few weeks, I have fallen into one of those funks again. Combine the depression with OCD and a bit of ADHD and you have a recipe for depressive chaos. When my mind is not extremely occupied with work or family projects, I […] Read the Full Article »