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    Letter: Don’t let mental health stigma take someone you love

    If you, or someone you know is struggling, please seek help.             Curtis Vanderloo asked SooToday to publish the following letter about his mother's death last year in the hope that by sharing her story, it might help someone else suffering from the stigma of mental illness.   ************************* On March 31, it will be the one year anniversary of my mother’s death.  She passed suddenly and unexpectedly, only she didn’t pass suddenly.  She died by suicide. She killed herself. She took her own life. She died by her own will.   Only it wasn’t unexpected, she was depressed.  She was suffering deep grief related…

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    No more excuses: Move it or lose it!

      It’s time to dump the excuses For a Healthier Lifesyle     By Cindy Brauer     Sore knees keeping you from a brisk walk through Valley Forge? Waiting out an aching back before hitting the Y? Ironically, lack of exercise is likely the reason your body is inflamed. Waiting for it to magically heal itself is not only dangerous but could be making it worse. It’s time to dump the excuses and start cycling, hiking and even singing your way back to a healthier and happier lifestyle. You would be surprised at how quickly and favorably your body will respond to even a moderate, low-impact workout. Reality check…

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    How Depression Warps Your Sense Of Time

    Time may fly when you're having fun, but it can feel as though it's screeching to a halt when you're depressed.     People with depression actually perceive time as going by more slowly than people who are not depressed, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in January. To investigate the link between depression and time perception, German researchers analyzed data from 16 previous studies on more than 800 depressed and non-depressed people. Most of the studies assessed time perception by asking participants to gauge the length of time that they had engaged in different activities, such as watching a short film or…

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    Demonize Mental Illness – And What to Do About

    Stigma and Mental Illness everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/demonizing-mental-illness/ Samantha Eyler   Originally published on Role Reboot and cross-posted here with their permission. (Trigger Warning: Ableist slurs.) Last week, the Washington Post ran a version of my last Role Reboot column on how a nervous breakdown helped me to come to terms with my Facebook addiction.   Excited as I was to see one of my own articles in a national paper, I was pained to discover, when I first looked over the post, that several dozen commenters had already weighed in with the consensus that I am a “nut job” who really needs to get out of her parents’ basement. As a woman whose…