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Depression Recovery Diagnosis: #1 Keyword is Diagnosis

Depression recovery diagnosis. It took me eight depressing years before I was accurately diagnosed with bipolar disorder. We  won't experience recovery until we know what we need to recover from. Getting the right diagnosis is the #1 keyword in our depression review.

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For the next 8 posts, we are going to review some of the basics in depression recovery. Yes, I said recovery! Lots of people recover from depression. You may as well be one of them! But it isn't easy and you will need to work as hard as your doctors to even get the right diagnosis.


Without the right depression recovery diagnosis you are unlikely to get the right treatment.

Have you got the right diagnosis?

I wrote a four part series on Journaling for the Right Diagnosis awhile back. Maybe you will find it helpful.

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Depression Review: Eight Keywords for Depression Recovery, Part 1

'Keywords for Depression Recovery' sounds simple doesn't it? Eight steps and you're done, right? Not so much. Depression recovery is like a diet or a budget. Unfortunately your have to follow the prescribed regimen to get some positive results. 



'Keywords' is a popular internet word. It's kind of a computer buzzword in a way. It means the word that people use to find out about a certain topic.  So, hopefully if you google 'keywords for depression recovery' you will end up here.

But did that word, keyword, even exist before we had internet? Well, I checked and yes it did. It simply means a word that unlocks the meaning like a key that unlocks a door.

In your attempt to uncover the 'keys' to depression recovery I would like to present 8 keywords to help in your journey. Is recovery easy as pie? No. Do these 8 keywords for depression recovery outline a little work for you? Yes.

If we are going to do a good depression review, we need to get down to basics. Here are my eight keywords for our depression recovery journey:

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Help! I am Hitting a Brick Wall!

As I write this I am once again 'hitting a brick wall' with depression. I would rather call it 'hitting a brick wall' than use the dreaded word 'relapse'. That's just too depressing! To me 'hitting a brick wall' implies that I have done everything I know to do even though I am once again depressed.

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If I am relapsing, does that mean my strategies don't work? No, it just means that I have hit a rough patch and have to decide whether to just weather the storm until it passes or address the downswing and seek further help. 

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Hope is a Feeling, Not a Fact, but could it be?

Hope is a feeling, not a fact, but could it be? The sun rises every day without any help from me. That is where some of my hope lies. Even if I can't see the sun, it is there. The sun is my concrete hope.

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This is the one definition of hope that is so appropriate for those of us who are challenged by depression:

"Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent." Mignon McLaughlin

There you have it. This depression is NOT permanent. It sure feels like it sometimes, but it is not!

That is our biggest hope of all. Depression is not permanent!

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Hope Changes Everything: Hold Onto Hope

Hope changes everything. Do you believe that is possible even when you know that hope can't be measured or touched?

hope changes everything"Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure." (Abraham Cowley)

One of the things that changes my thinking from 'hopeless' to 'hopeful' is a chat with a trusted friend. That is usually my sister or my husband. If I can just get out the hopeless words, purge myself from the negativity, I can sometimes come away from a conversation like that with a little hope. A chat with a trusted friend is one of my favourite depression getaways.

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Depression is Real but Hope is Real Too

HOPE IS REAL. "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." (Orison Marden)


When all seems hopeless and I need to remember that hope is real, here is one of my little tricks. I talk to myself. For instance, on a bad day, and there have been many of those, I just say to myself "okay, so this is not a good day. I have had days like this before and I have survived. I will survive again. It is only a day. It is not my entire life."

What is HOPE? One definition is " To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment."

But does just 'wishing' make it so? How about praying? Could we pray for hope? Personally I would suggest that praying may be more apt to get you further than wishing but that is not the point.

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Depression and Hope: Part One

Hope for depression, really? But isn't this the illness of hopelessness? Not anymore.


Do you live here? I found this on the internet. It must be interesting to live in a place called 'Hope'. Better than living somewhere called 'Hopeless' right?

This next series is called 'Depression and Hope'. There is hope for depression. If you are not doing well right now you might be thinking that I really don't know how depressed people think, but I do.

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Water Depression as if it was a Garden: Water is Good for Depression

Water depression, it is as good crying for depression.








We have been talking about the positive effects of crying. Certainly if crying is good for everyone, it is also good for those of us who are challenged by depression. We need no longer hide our heads in guilt over the tears that come so freely. We should welcome those tears and their healing benefits.

Water depression? Tears are apparently not the only kind of water that is good for the brain.

Did you know that your brain power improves right after you drink water? (Jennifer Viegas)

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‘Authentic Crying’ or A Really Good Cry

Authentic crying might be a new term for you, I know it was for me. But don't judge until you have read the rest of this post.


I remember distinctly several good cries I had that were unexpected. I will share one. It was three years after my father had died suddenly at the age of 59. I was at my cousin's wedding surrounded by family. It was a happy occasion. The master of ceremonies was my dad's best friend. Before he began he said something nice about my dad and how he would have loved to have been there for this special occasion. My tears began. I thought I could just wipe them away, but no, they would not stop. I quietly inched my way backwards out of the crowded room and went off to have a good, unexpected cry. The tears would not stop for long time. I was totally overwhelmed with grief as though my Dad had just died.

I was not in control of those tears. They were in control of me. But if they were there, I guess they had to come out right? Once I stopped, I stopped, I was finished crying and able to take part in the happy event once again.

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Depression Waterworks: How You Can Benefit from Tears.

Did you know you can benefit from tears? Now there is a tear for you! One single precious tear. I wonder what happened to produce that single tear? 

"…crying is the vehicle the body and system uses to clear out and release old held emotional energy."

There is more to a good cry than my mother realized. It is necessary, natural and good for you. It provides some emotional freedom. The benefit from tears is worth knowing.

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