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Depression Review: Eight Keywords for Depression Recovery, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Depression Review with Eight Keywords

'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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Would you like to be “AS HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD”?

Finger painting was always popular when I was a elementary school art teacher. Who doesn't like squishing wet gooey stuff between their fingers? When I taught a painting class to the older children they loved to play with their paint trays after they were done, making a wonderful mess out of the remaining paint. And don't get me started on paper mache, always a hit with any age. You could really lose yourself in that gushy paste!

Pigs might love paint or paste too if they had the chance, but they instinctively know that mud is the superior ecstacy.

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Working with your Therapist: It takes Two!

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Beware! Therapy can be Risky Business

Wow! These guys seem to have a great technique for one of the most difficult races of all time, the three-legged race.

Now this would be more typical, two trying to work together but pulling each other down. Maybe they had communication problems.

One time a few years ago, as I returned for my three month visit with my psychiatrist, I sat discouraged, in her office as she reviewed my file to get up to speed on my situation. She said "last time we were together you said you were managing".

"Yes, I guess that is true" I replied "but all I do is manage. My full time job is managing this illness. It takes up all of my life to do just that." I explained how I attempted to walk every day, eat healthy and stay away from people and situations that were negative for me. I told her that to a certain extent that was helping and yet I was still depressed most of the time.

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Therapy: One Size does NOT Fit All!

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Beware! Therapy can be Risky Business


One of the great things about therapy, if it is working for you, is that once a week, or once a month you know you are going to spend time with someone whose only purpose for one hour is to listen to you and focus on you. That is a luxury. And during that time between sessions, if something comes up either in your circumstances or your symptoms, you know you will have an upcoming opportunity to discuss it with someone you trust.

The counsellors that were the most helpful for me were the ones who already knew me and my situation. My family doctor and my sister knew me the best and I trusted their judgement. I did not trust my own judgement. 

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Do I Need Therapy?

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Beware! Therapy can be Risky Business

The first time I went to a therapist I didn't give it much thought ahead of time. I was desperate. Experiencing an unwanted and unexpected divorce, my life was falling apart and so was I. I was questioning everything I ever did and wondering what happened to lead me to this confusing place. I just needed to be in a room with someone compassionate who would listen to my sorrows, over and over and over. I wasn't even depressed – yet. And so a lot of thought didn't go into this choice. Gratefully, the good Lord gave me a kind and gentle therapist who had probably listened to many other women cry their way through divorce and knew more about such things than I did. It was comforting.

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Beware! Therapy can be Risky Business

Recently I decided to try a new therapist. I had hit a particularly low period which was lasting too long. I was desperate. Feeling depressed, vulnerable and needy, off I trotted to a stranger's office. I figured there was no way I could feel worse than I was already feeling, and maybe, just maybe a new therapist might have some fresh insights. It turned out to be a poor choice. We often make poor choices when we are feeling our worst.

Confession: I am a skeptic when it comes to any kind of therapy. There are few people who I will confide in, few people I trust. I would normally rather suffer alone than suffer at the hands of an ineffective therapist.

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Five Lessons from my Mother’s Flower Arrangements

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series What Kind of Company does your Misery Love?

My mother looked a lot like Betty White.

Last time I wrote about my mother's flower arrangements. I can still picture her doing that. I loved watching her use her hands, I can see it like it was yesterday. Whether she was straightening my shirt to make me look better, rearranging the books on a shelf to make them look pretty, using a paint brush to create a beautiful painting or just patting my hand, my mother's hands were magic to me. This picture is not actually my own mother, but she was pretty like Betty White and she did work in a florist shop for awhile, so it makes me think of her.

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Happiness Soup

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Happiness Therapy

eatingsoupAs we finish up my 'Happiness Therapy' series I am reminded of yet one more thing that makes me happy – MAKING SOUP!

I am sure there are a lot of you who wouldn't enjoy such a task but I do!

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Flowers Make Me Happy!

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Happiness Therapy
Have you seen the movie "Bed of Roses"? It is a lovely movie with a happy ending and lots of flowers!
The main character owns a flower shop and occasionally chooses to make his own deliveries just so he can see the looks on the faces of the people who receive the flowers. That is my favorite part of the movie. We get to go along with him. Each face shows a special reaction.

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What is Wet and Sparkly and makes me Happy?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Happiness Therapy

waterfunWater! Did you already guess that before you saw the picture?

We are doing a ‘Happiness Therapy’ series and I am sharing some stuff that makes me happy.

It is good to know just what makes YOU happy so you can access some of those things for a little ‘happiness therapy’ in order to make some of your very own personal ‘depression getaways’.

Just because you have depression doesn’t mean you can’t get a touch of happiness now and then. I absolutely recommend it!

Water makes me happy. A water view, the sounds of water, getting into the water on a hot summer day, swimming laps in a big indoor pool or getting into a nice hot bath! It’s all good for me!

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you enjoy water? What else do you enjoy? Have you done something that makes you happy yet today? What are you waiting for?

I am so glad you dropped by today!

 Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

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