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Optimism is invaluable for the meaningful life. With a firm belief in a positive future you can throw yourself into the service of that which is larger than you are.
Learned OptimismMartin Seligman, father of positive psychology, on happiness, depression, and the meaningful life.

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kethrymarie:

lyrics.

“I don’t want to think,

I don’t want to feel nothing.  

I just want to be numb”

– Pet Shop Boys, “Numb”

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There comes a time when the blankness of future is so extreme. It is such a black wall of nothingness. Not even of bad things - it’s not like it’s a cave full of monsters that you’re afraid of entering, it is just nothingness. ‘Néant’ as the French would say: the void, the emptiness. And it is just horrible.
Stephen Fry on Depression

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Blogging as Therapy? (Wall Street Journal)

psychotherapy:

via WSJ:

Many therapists recommend that their patients keep diaries, but blogging might be even better for mental health, a study suggests.

Researchers in Israel recruited 160 teenagers who had scored low on a test of social and emotional well-being, and who didn’t already blog. Participants were asked to blog about their problems for 10 weeks, using a nickname (either with comments by outsiders allowed, or disabled); to blog about anything they wished; or to keep a diary in an unshared computer file. There was also a control group.

Before and after the experiment, the teens took tests measuring their self-esteem and satisfaction with interactions with peers; and, at the end, their writing was analyzed for clues about their mental health.

By the end of the experiment, the teenagers who had blogged about their problems showed more improvement than the other groups—including those who’d kept a private diary. And, among the bloggers the greatest strides were made by those whose blogs were open to commenters. The gains remained at a two-month follow-up.

The blogs were monitored to ensure that no identifying details were revealed, and the few unsupportive comments were deleted. Given the risks of disclosure, the authors recommended that this kind of frank blogging occur only as part of a supervised treatment program…

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At heart, I have always been a coper, I’ve mostly been able to walk around with my wounds safely hidden, and I’ve always stored up my deep depressive episodes for the weeks off when there was time to have an abbreviated version of a complete breakdown. But in the end, I’d be able to get up and on with it, could always do what little must be done to scratch by.

Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation (via ophidiophobic)

Relating to this passage of the book.

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If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do.

Stephen Fry (via now-in-glorious-technicolor)

And don’t say “don’t be sad” or “stop crying”, either 

(via ceasesilence)

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samspratt:

The 5 Stages of iPhone 4S Grief by Sam Spratt
First-world problems, etc.
my: portfolio website,  tumblr,  facebook artist’s page & twitter. 

samspratt:

The 5 Stages of iPhone 4S Grief by Sam Spratt

First-world problems, etc.

my: portfolio website,  tumblr facebook artist’s page & twitter

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Depression also has been found to correlate with high degrees of empathy, a greater concern for how others think and feel. In one study, severely depressed patients had much higher scores on the standard measures of empathy than did a control group of college students; the more depressed they were, the higher their empathy scores. This was the case even when patients were not currently depressed but had experienced depression in the past

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scipsy:

Depression (Mental disorder posters)