Non-Negotiable Habits: The Power to Defy Depression

Vince Lombardi said, "Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing."

Aristotle remarked, "Excellence is not a singular act; it is a habit.  You are what you repeatedly do."

Dictionary.com defines a habit as "an acquired behaviour pattern regularly followed until it has become...

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Curing Depression - My Journey

depression mental health Jul 08, 2020

 

"None of us gets to choose our genes or our gender or our parents or our underlying brain chemistry:  Many risk factors for depression are out of our hands.  But no matter what life may have handed us, there's abundant evidence that WHAT WE DO can profoundly lower our...

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How I Dealt With My Depression At Christmas

How I Dealt With My Depression At Christmas

Last year, I had to put my beloved dog Sophie down on Christmas Day 2018. 

Christmas has never been the same since my brother passed away tragically in 1990 at the age of 25. 

And for me, Christmas has been a hollow shell of itself since my...

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Are You Feeling Left Behind?

Has Depression Robbed You of Your Social Life?

 

Three common complaints that I see in social media, from depressed people, is that they have no friends, no social life, or no support group.  In fact, quite often they feel abandoned by their friends and family.

What if I were to tell...

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Be that True Friend

How to Support a Friend or Family Member Dealing?

Great progress has been made in raising awareness about mental health and fighting the stigma, work still needs to be done.

One area that certainly could use some work is educating people on how to support and be friends with a person who...

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Depression Is A Cancer of the Mind! Why Aren't We Taking It Just As Seriously?!

Editorial

Let Us Define Cancer

I know my title choice has probably raised an eyebrow, or perhaps even made you upset.. but please bear with me as I draw an analogy between cancer and depression.

Dictionary.com defines cancer as:

Allow me to draw your attention to that last definition: "a...

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Am I Anti-Medication? Conversation over a good steak dinner!

The other night, I caught up with a friend over dinner.  We ended up at Barberian's Steak House in downtown Toronto.  They had a wine list that was 108 pages long!  Great food, excellent service.

During our conversation, of course we talked about my work here at Defying...

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Anxiety and Depression: Victim or Survivor

"If there is something wrong, those of us who have the ability to take action, have the responsibility to take action."

-- Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, in the film National Treasure.

Perhaps you saw National Treasure and remember that line, as Ben and Riley decide that they must steal the...

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