More articles in category: Depression

Embrace the Struggle by Sharing Your Story

“People realize that everyone has been through major tragedies; everyone has behaved in ways that cause shame. However, that realization doesn’t create an impression of weakness; rather, it builds a sense of strength and freedom, when hope returns.”-

Ken Falke & Josh Goldberg in “Struggle Well: Thriving In The Aftermath of Trauma”


In my r...

When Mental Health Services Fail the Suicidal

“I heard you were a bad girl and got arrested” a neighbour said to me when I got home. On our quiet cul-de-sac street there had been no missing the three police vehicles, nor the uniformed officers who’d pounded on my door. Many eyes had seen me leave in the back of a police vehicle, as tears streamed down my face. “Everybody’s talking about it! What di…

Why You Might Want To Test For Pyroluria

Pyroluria is a disorder with numerous symptoms including migraines, insomnia, poor morning appetite, loss of libido, mood swings, sensitivity to smells and sounds, fatigue, food sensitivities, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, and overeating, just to name a few. Conditions associated with pyroluria include but are not limited to acne, allergies, depression, anxiety, postnatal d…

“Depression: Healing in Unlikely Places”

“I told them about my most vile behavior, and they said, ‘Me too!’ I told them about my crimes against the innocent, especially me. They said, ‘Ditto. Yay. Welcome.’ I couldn’t seem to get them to reject me. It was a nightmare, and then my salvation.”

—Anne Lamott, Small Victories, Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.

Debbie Hamp…

Open Letter to the Suicidal

I’d like to tell you that everything will get better. I’d like to tell you that you’re going to have your happy ending.  

I’d really like to, but I can’t.

Life is hard. For some of us, it’s really crazy horribly painfully hard! We feel like no matter what we do, we get it wrong. We fail. Again!  And we always end up alone. It hurts!  It hu…

“Mental Illness: Inexplicable yet Hopeful”

{Long story short:   Part Two of “The Weight of Being Judged By Your Weight” may resume later. I’ve simply lost my stamina to continue on that heavy topic}

So, this article will take a different turn and focus on the types of mental illness with which I am most familiar: anxiety, depression and paranoia.

My newest b…

Mental Clarity

I had written something already but this was tugging at me to write. Psychiatry diagnosis depression: a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.Sadness or depression grips a lot of people these days. They might feel like they are broken inside, but they are not. How…

YOU ARE HOPE: A Letter to PTSD Partners

“I’m not asking for the fairy tale. Not the pumpkin. Not the dress. But I expect that both of us are going to show up to this thing like gladiators. With shields. And swords. And cool armor. And all the things it would take to fight FOR one another. Over & over & over again.”-@hannahbrencher on Instagram

Spouses + loves of someone in the depths…

Depression, Anxiety – It’s All Real…

This first appeared as a post on Facebook but I wanted to reach as many people as possible so I slightly modified it for the Infinity Coaching Leadership Blog where the original article appears. I wanted to also share the content here on the Go Read platform as well. If you’re more into the visual world, y…

Why I Hate Inspirational Quotes

You know the quotes I’m talking about; the uplifting words typed over a serene image that tell you “you can do it!” and “just stay positive!” If you type “inspirational quote” into google images you’ll be met with thousands of images that show the same messages about positive thinking and just working a little harder plastered over someone else’s landscape photo. On …

Last Train to London

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Is life always awesome? Have you been through some really crappy times when you wondered if things would ever improve?

….. I certainly have and I want to share a few thoughts of two absolute extremes.

Yesterday I travelled to London on business with my beautiful wife to be; ...

How To Renew Hope When All Seems Dark

“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.” -Emily Dickinson

Have you ever looked back on a difficulty you faced and wondered how you got through it?

I had a great discussion with Rich this week about hope being a part of our spirit. The essence of the d…

At The Brink Of Another New Year!

“Your story could be the key that unlocks someone else’s prison. Don’t be afraid to share it.” Author Unknown

Another year was coming to a close. Since my teens I had been battling depression, and over the years it had gotten worse to the point that I could no longer continue to live like this. Something had to give?

It was December 2014, and I had just move…



  • Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in each year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun; 62(6): 617-27)

  “   As in the picture, tears of sadness fall down my cheeks as, I battle depression as I cry myslef to sleep. Oh, if I coul…

Crisis Relapse Prevention and your Plan

  Every year, as reported by, one person dies every 12 minutes from suicide. Some of these deaths could have been prevented had these individuals developed and utilized a CRPP, or Crisis Relapse Prevention Plan.

  As a Mental Health Professional of 16 years I have worked …


 Article by Kenneth Shores

The following stories are taken from real live true examples with names and places not given.

First Story:

Image a parent that cannot find something they need and blame their child for taking it. No matter how much the child is questioned, the child cannot answer where the item is. The …

Bipolar Disorder Vs. Narcissm in relationships

You fell head over heels in love with someone you invested so much time into. You gave them so much of your emotions and your heart. You now feel like they were only giving you false hope or you were just getting played. Now you’re in this phase we all like to call: The Break-Up Phase. What a roller-coaster ride. You forget why you love each-other and the only thing your fri…

The Two Wolves

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pr…

I might need a cuddle!

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Busy doing research for my next book and came across these statistics via MIND in the UK

  • One in four emergency service workers has t…
Drowning at the Bottom of the Bottle

Have you ever loved someone who suffered from an addiction?

Whether it be a mother, father, friend or spouse? You are probably familiar with that stifling feeling of trying to breath under water. Always reaching for the surface but it never seems to come. Treading so fierce towards an end that always seems to extend further and further. 

Thats exactly how it fe…

What do they think of me?

Did you know that?

  •         Nine out of ten people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination?
  •         That 37% of men are feeling worried or low. Yet their wives, partners and other relatives and friends may have no idea that there’s a pr…
Are Your Anti-Depressants Working?

Did you know that there are different kinds of depression? Major depression is often treated with antidepressants, which force more serotonin to remain in the synapse between neurons, increasing a sense of well-being. But this solution doesn’t often work for chronic depression, or low-grade depression that is often referred to as “treatment-resistant.”…

The Look of Depression in Men

Clinical depression—in women or men—can cause sadness and a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities. But depression can sometimes manifest in different ways in different people. While the symptoms used to diagnose, depression are the same regardless of gender, often the chief complaint can be different among men and women. You can’t go after one symptom, but instea…

Hakuna Matata- It Means No Worries

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Depression is a thief of time, your time.. You don’t just wake up depressed one day, it creeps up… If you are feeling down, have a read of this article and then listen to the song… it may go a little way to cheering you up!!

Unless you are one of those people who are fortunate enough to have no…

Mental Illness books for Teens

The other 5 books that I think adolescents should read about to broaden their perspective on mental illnesses would be:


I DON’T WANT TO BE CRAZY by Samantha Schutz

This is a great novel that shows a teen dealing with panic attacks.

COMPULS1ON by Heidi Ayarbe

This story of a teen, who has to use prime numbers in everything, is …

Mental Illness

Mental Illnesses have carried a stigma around with them for decades, and just recently have we started to be more open about them and start bringing more awareness like Bell Lets Talk Day that happened earlier this year. It is about time because mental illnesses affect millions of people around the world and most people act scared to talk about them. Here are a few g…

Keep Smiling: Misconceptions About Depression

Mental health is an issue no one likes to talk about. It’s uncomfortable, like letting a stranger read your diary or giving a tour of your mind. However it’s becoming an issue that can’t be ignored: in ages 15-34 suicide is the second leading cause of death, antidepressant pre…

Listening to The Inner Circle

If you have ever read Stephen Coveys book “7 Habits of highly effective people” You will recall him talking about “The Inner Circle” I found this intriguing but it also answered a lot of questions about how I thought about myself. It also gave me cla…

I have suicidal thoughts. But I am not suicidal.

I know. Stop. Don’t call the men in white coats. I am safe. I know that I’m loved. I know my family loves me. I know my friends love me. Sometimes even when I’m happy it’s there. I’m seeking help. I’m getting counciling. I’m taking medication. Just sometimes it’s an itch I can’t scratch. It’s a heavy cloud that surrounds me. It’s that constant whisper in my ear. “Your b…

#Let’s Talk

This is Chelsea Quintal’s story – (my 22 year old daughter). Worth the read for sure!

I’ve never gotten close to being this public about what I’ve gone through and this is one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. But it’s called Let’s Talk, so I feel like I should finally open up and share a bit of what I’ve gone through with my depression and an…

The Unwanted Experience: Suicide

I still remember the phone ringing just after 7am on May 15th, 2001 with some of the worst news of my life. I had just had another fight with my sister because she turned the music on in her room and then went into the bathroom where she couldn’t hear it and woke me up. After our screaming match, I decided to catch some more sleep before I had to get up for school (unlike h...

Remove those labels

     Labels where meant to be put on things not people. To inform people about the products. We need to remove these tags and labels. I know we are so use to seeing that label that says “Do not remove under penalty of law.” But did you know that you can remove these tags? It is the store that can’t .

     Well enough about product labels. I’m talking about people l…

Inclined to Prescribe

Difficulty forming relationships weighs on each and every one of us in some way or another, especially those who live each day with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Mis-diagnosed countless times since the mere age of 13, the struggle to understand my misdemeanours was left masked and swept under the carpet with a variety of wrongful medication….

Coming Out of the Dark

“You’re so boney Jessie. Yeah, and flat too!” “You’re so skinny you make the beanpoles jealous.” “Hey Wyce, just like rice!” “Hey Wyce, look there’s a penny, go pick it up. What? Aren’t you a Jew?” “You’re so ugly you make the garbage can jealous!” “Are those your grandma’s clothes, they look so old.” “Wow your hair is so long and boring, can…

This too shall pass.

As I took another bite of my toast, my eyes welled up with tears, my breath caught in my throat. I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and sad this morning because of some things that were happening in my life – nothing huge, just the stuff of life, what I sometimes refer…

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Holiday Blues

The holidays are a time of joy, fellowship, and peace. Yet many suffer from headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, and conflict with family and friends. The stress of holiday events, over drinking, overeating, and the demands of shopping, cooking, travel, house guests, family reunions, and office parties can deprive of us of joy & peace.  Below are some …

Why You Should Share Your Story

Have you ever felt like you wanted to share your life story? You see each one of us has our own unique story that many simply never tell. Many don’t know how someone so close to them actually felt during a certain period in their lives.

Over the past ten years my life has changed dramatically several times. I was married with two children, newly qualified as a Comm...