The Black Dog

Thanks to my friend, Karen, for posting this video. It really summarizes life for me or anyone who suffers from depression. I think I’ve said it before but I’ve battled depression for most of my life. There have been a lot of ups and then some major downs. The past 6 years have been the hardest. So without me talking the whole time, watch this video to understand more.
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The Paleo Approach

My husband sent me this blog article to read on stress. I’ll have to admit it stressed me out just to read someone else’s battle with stress. I believe that’s called codependency when you take on other people’s issues. Nonetheless, I read through the article and it was highly insightful on how someone else, specifically, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne – The Paleo Mom, handles stress. She is real and down to earth with her struggles. I can relate how hard it is to manage working from home, arranging the kid’s activities, my daily scheduling and so on an so on.

I’ll admit I don’t eat the paleo way but this article gave me hope and maybe I should pay more attention to the things I eat and put in my body. I don’t get sick very often thanks to my super immune system but I know diet can play a big part in your immune system. The part that hit home hard with me was her battle with depression and thyroidism. I struggle daily with those.

I just wanted to say thank you to The Paleo Mom for being so down to earth and sharing her stories and battles. It makes life a little easier knowing you’re not alone. Now – off to check out her books on Amazon!

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Severe depression linked with brain inflammation AND New oils for PTSD

I found this interesting article today about severe depression linked with inflammation of the brain. You can read it in full here. I wonder if I should start taking NSAID’s on a regular basis? But that doesn’t sound healthy either. However, if I’m not responsive to anti-depressants but still take them, it sounds a lot easier to pop an ibuprofen and ditch all the other expensive drugs. But that leads to a whole other issue of long-term effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. Seems I can’t win yet. Still waiting for a miracle.

In other news, Young Living released a new oil combo for treating PTSD. This is BIG news. There is an article how it has helped a man who has been a Vietnam veteran for the past 45 years. Read the full article here. The Young Living combination of Freedom, AromaSleep, Inner Harmony, Valor, Divine Release, Joy, Transformation and T.R. Care. There are full instructions here. If this speaks to you, let me know. You can sign up under me for only $150 to get started. My website is and my member ID is 2270261.

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10 things to do everyday for depression

A big thank you to Therese Borchard, author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Guide for writing the article on things to do for depression. I am going to sum up her 10 items below but for the full article, please visit her original post here.

To help beat depression, 10 things to do everyday are:
1. Swim
2. Record your “joys”
3. List your accomplishments
4. Laugh
5. Meditate
6. Take DHA and vitamins
7. Drink a power smoothie
8. Avoid sugar and grains
9. Use a sun lamp
10. Pray

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Battling Depression

Some of you may or may not know that I have major depressive disorder (at least that’s what clinical tests tell me). And this is something I have battled with my entire life. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go crazy all of you or anything and I’m constantly being treated and evaluated on a monthly basis.

However, there is a lot about depression that people don’t know or understand because they have never dealt with it or lived with someone who has it. And many people, including myself, can fake happiness so that others won’t notice. Signs and symptoms of my depression include:

1. Withdrawl from daily activities and friends
2. Extreme fatigue and tiredness
3. Lack of self-confidence which often can lead to lack of self-care
4. A constant overwhelmed feeling
5. A general sadness
6. Feeling no purpose in life and having no drive
7. Lack of goals
8. Unable to make future plans
9. Negative self-talk of “you’re not good enough,” “just give up”
10. Last but not least, suicidal thoughts

So, please, if you see someone who has any of these signs, don’t ignore them. Ask them how they are really doing. Check up on them often. If they aren’t your friend but know someone who is, ask that person to check up on them. Most likely, people with depression will not reach out to others.

Whew, that was a hard one to get out but now it’s out on the interwebs for the world to know. And I’m okay with that.


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