Understanding Depression Helps …

'one day we'll look back on this and cry' by Martin Grover
“If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling” – Dr R.W. Shepherd.

Dealing with depression is tough – whether it’s your own or a loved one’s. But it’s even tougher if you know nothing about the illness.

TooDepressed.com aims to help you understand depression by bringing you:

  • Clear, unambiguous, well-researched information
  • The perspective of depression sufferers
  • Strategies for getting help and for helping yourself to overcome depression.

You can follow my own depression story in my depression blog and read more about the background to the site here. TooDepressed.com is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: ‘One day we’ll look back on this and cry’ by Martin Grover

The irony of depression: what the eucalyptus tree can tell us

A Depression Blog

I haven’t written much on here lately. Partly because I’ve been busy on other work. But partly because I’ve been too depressed. Odd isn’t it? I can only write on my website Toodepressed.com, when I’m not too depressed. Actually, that is precisely why the site is called Toodpressed.com. In fact, I think that depression’s ability […]

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Dads in Distress – help for divorced, separated and vulnerable fathers

Depression in Men

I’ve been working on an article on suicide, but I’m finding it hard to get it done. It’s not a subject that we usually want to talk about or even think about. But it is a subject that needs to be raised because suicides, in western countries especially, account for a significant number of deaths […]

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Lack of sleep and depression: which is the cause and which the effect?

Causes of Depression

An interesting report on lack of sleep and depression caught my eye today. Insomnia is often cited as a symptom of severe depression, but is not usually said to be involved in causing depression. Although there was some earlier research from the University of Western Australia, which I looked at here on TooDepressed.com, which did […]

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Vulnerability and resilience: get yourself ready to bounce back

Depression Self Help

This post on vulnerability and resilience is a guest post by Joy Payley. Joy is a freelance writer with some very useful insights into coping with mental illness. I especially like her tip to “Get Informed”, because fundamentally, that is what this site is all about. I genuinely believe that the more informed you are […]

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Sugar and Depression: the Steve McCrosskey update

A Depression Blog

It’s now just over 4 weeks since I started this sugar and depression experiment. To recap, in a bid to regulate my moods I decided to give up processed sugar. With that, I therefore gave up all the sweets, cakes, desserts, chocolate and lip-smacking loveliness that I had hitherto relied on to make me feel […]

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Medication for depression – Is it all in the mind?

Depression Medications

An interview with Jay Fournier, leading researcher into the effectiveness of anti-depressant medication In a previous piece on anti-depression medication, I looked at the findings of some recent studies that seem to call into question the effectiveness of modern medication for depression. The Kirsch study Some of the leading work in this field has been […]

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The Sugar and Depression Experiment – Part 3

A Depression Blog

The calm before the sugar storm I am now one week into my sugar and depression experiment and the last few days have been quite encouraging. To recap, I have always had a sweet tooth but recently I seem to have relied more and more on sweets, cakes, chocolates and the like as comforters. I […]

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The Sugar and Depression Experiment – Part 2

A Depression Blog

Cold Turkey So, it’s only been 2 days since I gave up the sugar, but it seems like a lifetime. I’ve been fighting off cravings like I did when I gave up smoking. The difference is that I’d had hypnotism then but I’m going stone cold turkey now. I’ll give you an idea of the […]

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Sugar and Depression, the Bittersweet Symphony of My Life

A Depression Blog

Sugar and depression. These were always two of my closest companions, the one always there picking me up and the other effortlessly dragging me back down. But it seems now that they might in fact have been closer companions to each other than they ever were to me. I’ve heard that they could even be […]

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Anger? Depression? Is it Joe Strummer’s fault?

A Depression Blog

I’ve always liked anger. Not ugly, violent, uncontrolled anger. But the beautiful anger of the righteous, the anger of youth, anger with the establishment, anger (as John Lydon put it) as an energy. This is the type of anger that spawned whole political and artistic movements that, in many ways, defined the latter part of […]

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