Top 10 blogs dealing with depression

Psychcentral have compiled a great list of blogs dealing with the topics of depression. I’ve listed them below. Those which are marked with a (T) maybe be triggering to you if you are in a fragile state.

1. Una Vita Bella

Amy has been the force behind the #mhsm Mental Health and Social Media hashtag and chat, and a great deal of mental health inspiration and organization. Her blog and Twitter feed about depression and chronic illness are absorbing and friendly. When you see the smile and spirit in her avatar it’s hard to know that she suffers so much pain, as do so many others she represents. In caring for Amy’s health, and all the mental health bloggers on this list, you care for your own too.

2. Dr. Deb: Psychological Perspectives

Dr. Deborah Serani is a practicing psychologist/psychoanalyst blogging about the treatment of trauma and depression. She’s a reliable source of psychological info, news and tips in a style that’s easy to read and share. Always helpful and trustworthy.

3. Storied Mind (T)

A beautiful and uniquely classic blog, still publishing frequently. We adored everything about this blog when we gave it an award years back, and still do today. Gorgeous images complement absorbing and stylish writing.

4. My Postpartum Voice

A new voice and a comforting one, Lauren is also known for organizing support chats for peers online (see her blog for info). She’s prolific, sensible, positive, and strong. Well-organized and efficient, I wonder what would happen if Lauren and Katherine combined powers?

5. Postpartum Progress

A sleek, professional blog on postpartum depression. Informative, straight up, and powerful. There’s no stopping Katharine. Advocacy, communications, she does great work. I’ve nearly tied her with a strong newcomer, but it’s not because she’s slipped at all, just the opposite, it’s testament to how strong the newcomer is.

6. Draw That Beast (T)

A writer with depression has created a virtual gallery space for depictions of depression by outsider artists. People with lived experience of depression are invited to visualize it and send their images to the blog for posting. The result is a diverse collection, but with much in common. An elegant blog featuring visual art from and for the world.

7. Mayo Clinic Depression Blog

Psychiatrist David Mrazek, M.D. blogs for one of the most prestigious consumer medical names on the market – Mayo Clinic (also branded on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). Latest research news and perspectives and tips on depression. Popular and trusted, with the weight of peer-reviewed science behind it.

8. Depression Marathon (T)

Doing too well? Fantastic news. A long-time (2 yrs) blogger worries that as she’s written herself well, is there still purpose? And yes there is, as the archives and awards attest: just having a suicide hotline number on the blog even though Etta’s no longer personally suicidal, might save a life. But her story of marathon racing and determination in the murkiness of depression recovery are inspiring as well.

9. About.com Depression Blog

Nancy Schimelpfening has been About.com’s Guide to depression since 1998, providing research summaries, news, tips, holiday guides, and more. She’s been a consistently integral part of the online mental health community, and her stories are always concise and relevant.

10. Pick the Brain

A popular site for motivational quotes, self-help articles, and other non-scientific inspiration. It’s colorful and well-designed with plenty to look at, so if you feel a little bored, sad and listless (depressed in the popular sense of the word, but not clinically diagnosed) and want to graze around some articles to perk up, this is a good place to start.

2010 Depression Blog Honorable Mentions

Fighting the Darkness: My Secret Battle with Depression (T)

A talented personal blogger who’s been fighting depression since age 12. Jamie only manages to write intermittently now. “I can’t even put my feelings into words,” is a typical phrase when someone is suffering from severe depression. We wish her a fast recovery and hope she posts again soon.

Depression Getaway

Headaches from viewing the monitor ultimately kept this blogger from updating, but it was a great blog about depression and creativity and worth checking out the archives.


 

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SpunOut.ie – The Mag – Fiction & poetry – A person called Depression

SpunOut.ie – The Mag – Fiction & poetry – A person called Depression.

So here I am once again,
Losing contact with the real world outside,
Fighting to breathe in a world underground,
Here I am chained to the ground,
Willing to open the closed trap door,
To experience the real world,
Where I feel I’ve never been before.

But I feel you here;
You’re cold and dark,
You make me feel alone and ashamed,
That the cause of this,
I am the one to blame.
So I find a solution -self harm,
Where you really tear me apart,
This is when you seem to always leave your mark – scars.

So here I am,
On my hands and knees,
Trying to defeat you;
This common disease.

I hate the way you play on me,
Twisting my mind and thoughts,
Was it me that brought this on?
Do you act cruel to be kind?

Do you not think that it is the time?
To put me up there so high,
Right up there into the bright blue sky.
Where in the day,
I would be part of a cloud,
Where in the night,
I would be part of a bright wee star.

The force to let go of these chains,
To break through this trap door,
To feel the warm breeze of relief,
Of being set free.
But to be set ‘free’,
Only appears to me as dreams.
So reality is that it seems,
I’m no soft white cloud or a star so bright.

This way you make me feel is not being me,
I feel like a different person,
Whom I’d like to call Depression.

You might bring me down today,
But we see who wins tomorrow.

#503 Walking into class and seeing a substitute teacher (via 1000 Awesome Things)

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Make My Day- Spunout.ie

Check out some of the SpunOut Crew along with a bunch of lovely volunteers from Google Ireland spreading the good vibes and lifting the spirits of unsuspecting passersby.

Take a peek here for more on SpunOut’s Make My Day campaign!

When asked ‘May I give you a compliment?’ some said ‘No thanks, I already have one’, or ‘Not today, thanks’ thinking we were selling something. Eek!

Thankfully, most realised that the only thing we were ‘selling’ was free compliments and honest to goodness positive messages.

Check it out:

And a little ditty about us in the Irish Times: Goodwill Galore on Grafton Street!

You can keep the Make My Day campaign alive and kicking by passing on a compliment of your own to a friend, fam, neighbour, or even a stranger.

Trust us, the feel good factor goes both ways to giver and receiver of the good vibes!

Today’s Youtube video- Spunout.ie interviews Childline

Ireland’s leading Youth website www.spunout.ie speaks to the folks at childline about their online support service that they operate for young people.

The video speaks for itself, so no need for me to say anymore!

But if you are looking for some support both spunout.ie and Childline are excellent resources.

Useful links and numbers  http://www.SpunOut.ie/help

http://www.childline.ie Phone: 1800 66 66 66