People Who Think About Suicide …

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[Extract from an article from Mental Health Matters – the South African Depression and Anxiety Group‘s magazine.]

People who are thinking about suicide might …

  • Say ‘I wish I was dead’ or ‘I would be better off dead’ or ‘what is the point of it all?’
  • Seem obsessive about death or dying by fantasising, writing letters or poems or draw pictures about it.
  • Be depressed, losing interest in things they usually enjoyed doing, excessive feelings of guilt, shame or failure.
  • Withdraw from friends or peers and isolate themselves.
  • Engaging in risk-taking behaviours such as drinking and driving, unprotected sex or substance abuse.
  • Have dramatic changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
  • Have recently lost a family member or loved one, or suffer a “major” disappointment in their lives or gone through a very traumatic experience.

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What Are The Signs of ‘High-Functioning’ Depression And Could You Have It? (This is a long read, but please make the effort.)

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Article by Annie Wright from The Mighty.

If I were to ask you to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?

Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone who’s calling into work sick because they can’t leave the house? Someone who is isolated from friends and possibly sleeping 10 or 12 hours a day? Someone who can’t stop crying and who is feeling hopeless?

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[Home Remedy] Home Remedies For Hiatal Hernias

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[Excerpt from Top 10 Home Remedies.]

A Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a small part of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm into the chest cavity. The diaphragm is the sheet of muscle that divides the chest from the abdomen.

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How To Get Rid Of Anxiety Without Medication

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[Source: Healthy Place.]

To get rid of anxiety can seem like an impossible dream when we’re in the midst of struggling with it. While medication is a legitimate treatment option, it doesn’t work for everyone and some people would rather not have to take it. To get through anxiety and come out on the other side, think in terms of things you can do, ways you can be, and how you can replace it with something else to get rid of anxiety without taking medication.

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[Baking Wednesdays] Pumpkin Roulade With Ginger Buttercream – By The Barefoot Contessa

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Ingredients for the cake

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, plus extra for dusting

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Healthy Self-Esteem When You Have Bipolar

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[Article by Natasha Tracy from Healthy Place.]

I think it’s hard to have healthy self-esteem when you have bipolar. Sure, you can have grandiose self-esteem when you’re manic or hypomanic but that’s not the self-esteem you carry with you into everyday life, nor is it particularly healthy self-esteem. No, I think people with bipolar have low self-esteem because of their illnesses.

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