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Depression

Depression is one of life’s many misunderstood challenges. More than just a period of feeling sad or down, it is a painful experience of disconnection that affects millions, each of us differently. Depression brings with it feelings of hopelessness, unworthiness, and dissatisfaction. It can arise from situational and biological factors and last for short or long periods. The good news is that whatever the cause, there are many small (and large!) ways we can help our brains and minds reconnect to our vibrant lives.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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What Is Depression? - Helen M. Farrell

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea.

Parting the Clouds

Raison believes depression isn’t a single thing but a cloud of related mental and physical states unique to each person; there is no one symptom that every depressed person experiences.

Anything that tends to make us elated is inevitably going to throw us into depression.

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This Could Be Why You're Depressed or Anxious | Johann Hari

In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world - as well as some exciting emerging solutions.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms.

Depression: Causes and How to Overcome It

Sadhguru explains why depression happens, what happens to you when you are depressed and how to come out of depression and use it as a means to one’s growth.

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.

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Depression, the Secret We Share | Andrew Solomon

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression.

The Recovery Letters: Addressed to People Experiencing Depression

In 2012, The Recovery Letters was launched to host a series of letters online written by people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently affected by a mental health condition.

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