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Sharing – Nicole Phelps on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ depression

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I was so glad to see that Nicole is seeing her own therapist and developing her own support, and that the article refers to her own trauma. It is trauma to deal with the possibility that your loved one will not be here anymore because of what their own depression is doing to them. We should take that very seriously, and act accordingly.… Read More

Sharing – A new study has found being angry increases your vulnerability to misinformation

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Really, there are two things you can do to fight falling for misinformation. You could try to never be angry, but I don’t think that’s realistic. There are things to be angry about, rightfully. We can’t go through live just not feeling anything.

The thing I think we can do, and the thing I work hard at myself, is staying humble. Never assume you “know” everything, that you never make mistakes, that there is nothing more for you to learn. That’s how you fight misinformation, and it’s also really helpful when it comes to fighting negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, etc.… Read More

Sharing – Antidepressant use in England soars as pandemic cuts counselling access

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This is not great. Medication can be incredibly helpful, but it’s really not a “fix” for depression.

“Lucy Schonegevel, the deputy campaigns director at the mental health charity Rethink, said there was a “big risk of antidepressants being prescribed with no support”, adding that such medications should “go hand in hand” with therapy.

Her concerns were echoed by the mental health campaigner Natasha Devon, who said: “People are going to their GPs with symptoms of mental illness and being sent away with a bag of medication, having been put on an 18-month waiting list.””… Read More

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 3, 2021

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