Hi Meredith, I was in a long college relationship. We were head-over-heels for each other in the beginning, but then we faced a lot of problems. First, there was a lot of distrust and jealousy. She was very jealous of my ex and other female friends. It wasn't that she thought I would leave her for them, but she didn't like that they would be getting attention I could have been giving to her. We were both working on ourselves when we got together, but she definitely had a lot of underlying issues that I was unaware of before we started dating. She struggled with self-confidence issues, and although she was never treated for depression, I noticed some of the symptoms. Throughout the relationship she would make threats of self harm, thankfully never following through with it. I think that over time I felt that I could not focus on my own mental and emotional well being while also tying to be there for her and supporting her. It would just lead to numerous arguments and fights. I think we … [Read more...] about Should I be helping my ex get over the breakup
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Jim Webster, The Washington Post Published 10:49 am PDT, Sunday, October 28, 2018 Dee Snider of Twisted Sister performs with the band in 2013 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister performs with the band in 2013 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Dee Snider of Twisted Sister performs with the band in 2013 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister performs with the band in 2013 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Live and loud, concerts are my ticket to … [Read more...] about Live and loud, concerts are my ticket to fighting depression
Colorado schools will soon divide $400,000 into small grants to pay for suicide-prevention training for all campus employees, including teachers, front-desk attendants and custodians. The training, supporters say, is designed to bolster the fight against a rising tide of suicides by youths. But a more comprehensive suicide-prevention measure that backers say would have done more to help troubled teens was nixed by Colorado lawmakers during the 2018 sessions. The proposal was attacked largely over a provision to lower the age from 15 to 12 that children could get therapy without parental consent. “I just didn’t see any good reason for this bill to be killed, no reason,” said state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat who, with state Sen. Don Coram, a Montrose Republican, co-sponsored the failed measure, House Bill 1177. “The argument was that we were taking away parents’ rights and we were breaking down the fiber of the family. … [Read more...] about Colorado schools get $400,000 in grant funding for suicide prevention but many say much more is needed
By Maria Anglin Published 2:24 pm, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 All of my life, whenever I brought up something terrible that happened to someone else, the viejitas in my world me reganaban. “No lo llames,” they’d whisper harshly, as if mentioning the neighbor’s cancer or the coach’s divorce or the car accident that claimed my classmate’s older sister would bring those terrible things to our front door. “¡Ni pienses esas cosas!” they’d warn, shutting down all conversation regarding a celebrity’s death or a relative’s illness. Maybe it was the proverbial devil they wanted to keep away, considering the devil is always up to no good. Maybe they felt that talking about such things was a way of introducing bad ideas to the weak and impressionable. One could talk about heart attacks, of course, because before people had butter and manteca to blame, those were acts of God — but something such as suicide? … [Read more...] about Column: Talking can help those fighting depression
Through my job as director of content at Rocket Matter, I’ve learned a lot about this profession. One thing that has really stood out to me is how many lawyers are suffering. Our website recently ran a five-part series on depression, substance abuse and wellness in the legal industry. The statistics are staggering: Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to be depressed as people in other jobs, while the landmark 2016 American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study found that 28 percent of licensed, employed lawyers suffer with depression. The study also showed that 19 percent have symptoms of anxiety and 21 percent are problem drinkers. Many organizations are trying to help fight this epidemic. For instance, we’re hosting our first Legal Wellness Retreat in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts on July 18 to July 20. Also, the ABA provides a very comprehensive list of helpful resources for lawyers, judges and law students, along with links to lawyer assistance … [Read more...] about Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?