Making Friends by Becoming a Regular

(A part of the making friends and friendship series) Think about how most people make friends. You meet people at school or work. You meet people at summer camp. You meet the close friends and relatives  of people that become close friends or that are married to another family member…

I Hate My Life – Is Suicide the Answer?

I hate my life – there is nothing good, everything sucks and even if something good happened, something else bad will happen and makes it all shit again. I am sick of life sucking and just want to die. Life is so pointless anyway- we all die eventually, why not…

Change your Life – Fighting Depression

Nothing ever changes until something changes.  It seems like such a simple statement that it almost does not even make sense. It is so obvious it does not even really even reach full cliché status, much less the lofty heights of being a proverb. On its best day it might…

Making Suicide Look Like an Accident

What is it like to want to commit suicide? To want to die in a horrible accident rather than face another day? What do you do when it hurts so much to be alive that you would rather not wake up ever again than face another day? You think about…

Advancements in Mental Health Research – Have Your Say

Ik”When I was 15 years old my step-father took his own life. This was, and still is, an extremely emotional experience, but since I have been determined to further my understanding of the psychology of suicide, to learn of the stressors faced by individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and…

Do Antidepressants Work?

Part 3 of 5 part series – The compliance issue and why Medications fail Never has there been an area more argued in the fields of science and medicine than that of the effectiveness of medications for treating common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and feelings….

Does Talking Really Help?

Everybody says that people should talk about problems and not bottle them up. Is that good advice? According to both old adages and modern psychologists the answer is a clear yes. Talking through things that are bothering a person allows them to define the problem, keep it in perspective, and…

Choosing a Future

Depression has often been compared to sadness as “with sadness you cannot see a way for things to be worse, while similar in feeling, with depression you see no way for things to ever be better.” In the end, whether it is simply “a rut” that you need bouncing out…