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Depression Review: #1 Keyword is Diagnosis

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Depression Review with Eight Keywords

set-of-keys-vectorFor 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.

Have you got the right diagnosis? This is key. There is no point in going any further until you have the right diagnosis. Don’t get discouraged, the first step is often the hardest. It is all worth it. Keep thinking about recovery and how wonderful that would be.

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 Getaway’ Launch Party


Welcome to Depression Getaway! I am so glad you came.
As you come aboard and find your seats you will notice several things in your cruise package. The first thing is the most important.

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Writing for Healing #2: Freewriting


Every Friday we will do an exercise from ‘One Year of Writing and Healing’. I hope you enjoy this one.  You can jump in anytime and join us.

Last Friday was about choosing a place to write which is a good idea. I could tell you what I chose, but the truth is, I will change it every week. Routine is something I can’t seem to stick to. How about you, did you pick a special place?

Now here is this week’s exercise. It’s really quite easy. Have some fun with it.

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Journaling for the Right Diagnosis: Part Four

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis

working in garden

I remember my first few attempts at a vegetable garden. I had no clue and didn't realize I was planting in hard clay! My second garden was better, the soil was excellent and I grew some great stuff, but I not only had not realized how much work there was but also didn't face the fact that I just didn't have the time to do it. There were more weeds than produce. By the time I attempted my third vegetable garden, I had done a lot of reading, I had more time and went into it informed and ready. It was beautiful to look at, a joy to work in and I took a lot of wonderful vegetables out of it.  

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Journaling for the Right Diagnosis: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis


girl-writing-in-journalYour doctor’s ability to help you is based on what you share with them. The more information you have for them, the more they can come to a proper diagnosis and get you the right kind of medication.

If you don’t get the right diagnosis, you won’t receive the right treatment. If you don’t get the right treatment, you won’t get better.

We’ve been talking this week about how journaling can help you to get a right diagnosis. By recording your thoughts, your activities, your feelings and your medication reactions, you can have a wealth of information to take to your doctor’s appointments with you.

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Diagnostic Journaling: Detecting Clues

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis

Diagnostic journaling could be a great job for a detective.

My doctor has a gift for detective work and I am glad she does. When she first began treating me, she would start me on a small dose of the medication and then continue to increase it to the ‘recommended therapeutic dose’. Sometimes I would start to get better and when she increased it I would get worse. Puzzled by this, she took my chart, reread all of her notes and noticed that I always did better on a smaller dosage than the one recommended. If she didn’t have good notes, she would not have been able to figure that out.

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Diagnosis Through Journaling: Digging for Secrets, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Journaling for the Right Diagnosis

Diagnosis may not be as complicated as you imagine.


Do you remember when you first realized you had some symptoms of depression?

Here was my initial experience. 

I was going through a stressful time in my life (divorce), but coping, or so I thought. One of the ways I dealt with stress was through exercise, particular, walking. One day, while on my walk, I felt like I could not go at my usual pace. The only other time I remembered feeling that awful was when I had anemia. So, assuming that it was the same thing this time, I went to my doctor.

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Writing for Healing

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Journaling: Cheaper than Therapy

Writing for healing is the bottom line of this series on jouraling. 












After three days of writing about journaling and its benefits for us all, I am ready to introduce Diane Morrow. She will help all of us to write by providing suggestions and guiding us through easy, useful exercises.

Here is the introduction to her lessons on writing for healing.

“Welcome to One Year of Writing and Healing, a site designed to explore connections between writing and healing–and to facilitate your own exploration.

Here, you'll find writing ideas, recommended books, and food for thought, all grounded in a growing body of research on expressive writing and health, and also grounded in my own work–as a writer, a teacher of writing, and as a physician.

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Scrapbook Journaling: Cutting out Feelings

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Journaling: Cheaper than Therapy

Scrapbook while you journal? It may be be a little less intimidating for some of you than only writing.


Scrapbook joined with journaling can be more fun than you can imagine and today I are going to show you how.

We have been chatting about journaling and the benefits for depression. I have cited several articles on the subject. For those of you who enjoy research, an even more in-depth scientific article called ‘Emotional and Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing’.

But for those of you who are tired of the serious aspects of this subject and wish it could be made to sound like a bit more fun, I will refer you to my sister’s blog. She has a creative way of journaling which just might make it more appealing for some of you! She scrapbooks with her journal.

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Therapeutic Journaling is Free!

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Journaling: Cheaper than Therapy

'Therapeutic writing' or 'journaling' is something that most good therapists will ask you to do. Teenage girls have known about the comfort of a diary without having to be taught.  A diary was a safe place to record confusing feelings, feelings that you didn’t want anyone else to know about.


It is the same for those of us who suffer from depression. We experience all sorts of thoughts and feelings that seem too bizarre to share. Getting them out and on paper can be helpful.

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