Two year Bloggiversary Meet and Greet

Two year Bloggiversary Meet and Greet-come join the party!!!

From diapers and tutus to meetings and boardrooms

Meet and GreetTwo years ago I found myself searching for something. I was overwhelmed with trying to balance career and family back then. My priority being my career and moving up the ladder. Today, I am happy to announce that my priorities have changed. While I still work and provide a living for my family, I am out of leadership and leading a fuller and happier life. I am home for homework, dinner and bedtime every night and I would not change a thing. This blog has lead me to a path of self discovery in ways that I never thought possible. That is thanks to my loyal readers and community.

Thank you for at you give me each and every day. You give me encouragement, support strength and a Hey, we have been there. In honor of my two year celebration I thought we could have a little meet and greet…

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The Truth About Depression

To kick off the New Year I decided to share a link to an award-winning BBC documentary by Stephen Nolan, a film maker for BBC Northern Ireland.

Below is an excerpt from the Truth about Depression with a link to the YouTube Video.

Depression is not the normal feelings of sadness that one has in response to adverse events.

It is normal to intensely grieve the loss of a pet.

It is not normal to intensely grieve it for years.

Thousands of us will have a serious depressive episode; stigma will force many of us to hide the illness and to perhaps die from it without seeking treatment.

The stigma attached to depression, as with the stigma attached to most major and life threatening mental illnesses is that we who have them  are weak or attention seeking.

Depression affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotion.

Neuroimaging imaging shows that the hippocampus of people who experience chronic and untreated depression shrinks by about 25 percent.

Neuroimaging  also shows that when treatment works the hippocampus returns to normal size and functioning.

There is no one treatment that works for everyone.

Some people benefit from chemotherapy in the form of antidepressants.

Some people benefit from psychotherapy.

Some people benefit from behavioral interventions.

Some people, especially people for whom all else fails, benefit from electroconvulsive therapy.

Most people benefit from combined treatment approaches.

I think Nolan sums it up best: “For those of you who are doubters, there is evidence that depression actually exists in the brain.”

The Truth about Depression, Full Documentary