A New Storied Mind Is on the Way

Starting early next week, I’ll be updating this site with a new design and theme. The changeover will enable Storied Mind to incorporate several features that haven’t been possible until now. I’ve also decided to combine the Recover Life from Depression blog with this one. There has been a difference in emphasis between the two, but it feels artificial to split my work in this way. The combined site will […] Read the rest»

Self-Acceptance and Depression

Depression is the opposite of many qualities of well-being, and one of them is self-acceptance. Until recently, I hadn’t spent much time in that inner place. Self-rejection had been much more familiar. I came to know every corner of its neighborhood. There have been many times when I felt fine with my life, but later I’d realize I had been overlooking everything too painful to face. When I added all […] Read the rest»

Ecotherapy: Healing Depression in Wilderness and Gardens

Ecotherapy is more than a walk in the woods or watching a beautiful sunset. It’s an emerging form of treatment that can help with healing depression. It aims at restoring the connection to the natural world that is usually limited to high-speed glimpses of windshield scenery. Reconnecting to the literal earthly world is an important part of wellness, but reading a book on Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind seemed […] Read the rest»

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Becoming an Active Partner in Your Treatment

Most stories about getting life back from depression describe how each person had to become an active partner in treatment in order to recover. I know it’s not easy to think about being active when you’re deeply depressed, but there’s a lot of support for the idea. Dozens of research studies indicate that if you can take a leading role, your chances of improving are better. There are at least three ways an active role can help you. Read the rest»

Screaming Out my Pain

Depression and Anger: A Destructive Partnership

It took me a long time to understand the connection between depression and anger. One psychiatrist I visited would often ask a simple question toward the end of a session: How’s your anger? I couldn’t understand why he asked. I hadn’t been talking about anger. Depression was my problem. I’d usually respond with a puzzled, Fine. I’d leave his office wondering why he had asked about anger but soon put […] Read the rest»

Inability to Escape Depression

If You Can’t Escape Depression, You Can Try Making Do

It's hard to escape depression when it dominates your mind. The illness has many faces, but its most visible one is your own. You see it everywhere because you can't stop thinking about what's wrong with you. The illness is filtering out everything that would disturb your isolation - like brighter feelings, hope, the reaching out of a loved one, self-confidence, the energy to connect with people. It keeps your mind roiling with your flops, dumb mistakes, broken relationships, and acid self-contempt. When you're well, you can lose yourself in the daily flow of living, but when you're depressed you never lose yourself. Read the rest»