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Animal magic: how my pet saved me

From Wolfy the lurcher to Trixie the hamster, these affectionate animals helped five people get their lives back on track I put myself on peternity leave and we hung out: Kate Spicer, 49, journalist, and Wolfy the dog, 9, London There were a lot of things that were a bit awry about my life. The main problem was that I went out and didnt come home. Id go on these benders that were incredibly destructive to my wellbeing. And then when I was working, Id never leave the house. Id…

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As a psychiatrist, if I had severe depression Id choose ECT | Mariam Alexander

Electroconvulsive therapy is one of the best treatments available, says NHS psychiatrist Mariam Alexander It might come as quite a surprise to learn that, as a psychiatrist, if I ever had the misfortune to develop severe depression, my treatment of choice would be electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Why? Well, to put it simply, ECT is the most rapid treatment for severe depression that we currently have to offer with a recent study in the BMJ One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, this is understandable. But things have moved on a great…

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Watch Ahmed Best talk Jar Jar Binks, suicide, and reactions to his viral tweet

In July 2018, actor Ahmed Best, best known for his role as Jar Jar Binks, the controversial and much-maligned character from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tweeted about the backlash he faced and his thoughts of suicide following that reaction. Now, in a new video for SoulPancake (via io9), Best opens up even more about his career, from his experience filming Phantom Menace to his hope for the role. He details his shock from the “hate, venom and anger” directed towards him about the character and the impact that had…

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50 Powerful Illustrations By Japanese Artist That Will Make You Think (New Pics)

Avogado6 manages to create sentimental, vivid images by drawing feelings and emotions that are hard to describe with words. The illustrations might look simple at first glance, but they are incredibly deep and, usually, quite dark. More info: twitter.com #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/new-poetic-illustrations-japanese-artist-avogado6/

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Woman With Anxiety Tired Of Others Not Understanding What It Is, Decides To Explain It With A Powerful Post

“Anxiety is crippling. Anxiety is dark. Anxiety is having to make up excuse after excuse for your behavior,” Morefield offers as just a few examples of the complex issues she fights through each day. The entire anecdote, posted on her personal Facebook page and shared more than 418 thousand times across the Internet, reads like haunting spoken word poetry. Given that Morefield is also a mom, the pressure to keep her demons at bay is even stronger.

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What Its Like To Be In Love When You Have Depression

No one will love you until you learn to love yourself is an easy enough phrase to believe is true. But its terrifying, especially when you have depression. What if you never learn? As a teenager, it made me fear for my life as an adult. I was certain I would never be capable of being in a relationship, but I was very wrong. Honestly, I do not like myself very much, and in August of 2013, a boy fell very, very much in love with me. I have dealt…

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why do men suffer depression in silence?

When Kevin Braddock hit rockbottom, he had every intention of killing himself. He recounts what happened next and reveals why so few men ask for help It was a Monday when TV Tower: the gun, the noose, the blade, the pills, the bottle. The gun, the noose the mantra that would not stop. Since the only thing to hand was the nearby sptkauf (off-licence), Id resolved to drink my way to unreality. Id told the doctor my history of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, drink, drugs, meds, love and fear, my…

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How to conquer our obsession with eternal life | Matt Haig

Our anti-ageing quest only increases anxiety, says Matt Haig. Instead, we need to understand the tricks of time As a culture, we are obsessed with ageing. We have always been obsessed but now, paradoxically, in an era where we live longer than ever, we fear it more than ever before too. There is, of course, a whole industry devoted to capitalising on our fears of the natural ageing process and its a lucrative one. In fact, the anti-ageing industry, which is the largest part of the beauty industry, is now…

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From Viagra to Valium, the drugs that were discovered by accident

From Alexander Fleming onwards, the lives of millions have been transformed and saved by treatments that scientists were not even looking for When scientists in New Zealand discovered that a meningitis vaccine antibiotic, which he called penicillin. For his accidental discovery, he shared the Nobel prize for medicine in 1945 with Florey and Chain, Oxford chemists who perfected the process of penicillin mass production in time to treat infected battlefield injuries sustained in the second world war. When I woke up just after dawn on 28 September, 1928, I certainly…

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