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"If you are going through hell, keep going."
-- Sir Winston Churchill

Whether you're feeling down, or are suffering from clinical depression, know that you are not alone, and I promise you that things can get better.

We live in an age with more knowledge and treatments for depression and other mental illnesses than ever before! We live in an age with more compassion and understanding towards mental and emotionall well-being than any other time in the history of mankind!

No matter what you're going through, no matter how hard it feels right now, you have the power to make things better - this section includes a wealth of information to help you on your journey.

Talking Bipolar
Bipolar Disorder over 3% of Americans suffer from it, but few know of the impact that this oft-times misdiagnosed illness can have on the lives of those who battle it.

Young and Bipolar
Once called manic depression, the disorder afflicted adults. Now it's striking kids. Why?
Reprinted with permission from the August 19, 2002 Vol. 160 No. 8 issue of TIME Magazine.

A Review Of Techniques In Managing Your Depression  updated December 31, 1969
Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression.

About Loneliness
We are all lonely sometimes. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to arrange our lives to be sure it doesn't happen regularly.

About Shame
Shame comes from being taught that we are worthless or bad or something similar. People who've been deeply shamed need to be fully loved and accepted and valued!

Are You Highly Sensitive?
Do you often feel overwhelmed by your environment or the people around you? Has anyone ever called you shy or worse: too sensitive? Do you care deeply about EVERYTHING? You may be a Highly Sensitive Soul.

Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day
October 9, 2003 is "National Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day" sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill along with Abbott Laboratories. This day is set aside during National Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-11, 2003) to raise awareness of an illness, which affects over 2.5 MILLION Americans.

Dark, Rainy Days May Affect Your Mood
Seasonal Affective Disorder and The Winter Blues

For about about 4 to 6 percent of Americans, a seasonal pattern of mood changes has a dramatic effect on their lives. Called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, reports of this disorder have appeared in the psychiatric literature for decades.

Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Depression, at some level, will hit every adult eventually. While most depressions are brief, with our serotonin gradually returning as stress decreases, when depression comes and stays you may need professional treatment to recover.

Early Warning Signals You May Overlook
There are many early warning signals of depression that are usually overlooked or attributed to other causes.

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