To feel down or discouraged when receiving bad news or encountering a failure or significant disappointment in life is normal.
But depression is different. It is a weight. A ball-and-chain around both ankles, that must be effortfully dragged with each and every step taken. Fatigue, listlessness, hopelessness, indifference, numbness, irritability, annoyance, overstimulation, withdrawal from the world, deep and lingering sadness, constant exhaustion, ongoing anger, callousness, bitterness, and chronic fatigue can all be symptoms of Major Clinical Depression.
Living can feel like torture, and the abyss feels unfathomably deep.
There is help. There are people who do understand, and want to walk with you in your pain. There is no condemnation, and there is comfort.
There are articles here that are open and transparent, sharing about the same kind of pain and suffering that has been your unwelcomed companion. There are also phone numbers and resources below for you to find other helpful connections.
This site was created with you in mind. It was created to help those who need help at times finding their way to peace and joy.
Links and Resources on Depression
Strategies and techniques for overcoming depression are found throughout the many articles that are categorized on the left under "Categories," and can also be located under the "Tags" heading (click on any word in the tag cloud for a list of articles that are relevant to depression).
Additionally, links and resources outside of this site are listed below, which you may find helpful:
- CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
CAMH operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. They also have 26 locations throughout the province of Ontario that provide communities with education and support for program development, health promotion and prevention. The main site in Toronto is:CAMH1001 Queen Street West and 30-60 White Squirrel Way (Queen and Ossington)
M6J 1H4Tel: (416) 535-8501
Designated Visitors Parking Area located off of Shaw Street.
Paid Parking: Cash only
University of Massachusetts Medical CenterCenter for Mindfulness419 Belmont Ave. 2nd floor
Mindfulness Meditation Practice CDs and Tapes
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.,P.O. Box 547
Book: Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., available at Amazon.ca, Publisher: Delta (May 1 1990); ISBN-10: 0385303122; ISBN-13: 978-0385303125
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