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San Francisco, California
My name is Christine. I have been living with several mental illnesses since childhood. Over... Full Bio
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My Loving Husband by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I'm horrible at expressing myself sometimes... especially when it comes to my husband.  Like most men, he's not that great at communicating, but I can't blame him for that - ... Read on »
Emotional Rescue Footage of Chilean Miner Mario Sepulveda by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health What have I been doing all day? I've been glued to the TV - watching as each and every miner has been raised to the Earth's surface... witnessing each expression on their f ... Read on »
The Chilean Miners ~ Truly Inspirational! by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I'm currently watching live feed of a rescue worker being lowered down (in a capsule) into a hole in order to rescue the 33 miners that have been trapped underground for 69 ... Read on »
Surviving Depression: A Mindful Way by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Are you looking for something, anything - that will give you a moments worth of peace from the constant negative thoughts swirling around in your head?  Then take a moment t ... Read on »
The Brief Moment When The Dark Clouds Lifted by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For the longest time I haven't been able to see the beauty in anything.  I used to love going for a car ride just to take in the beauty of nature that was all around me.  I ... Read on »
Help! I Can't Escape My OCD - Not Even On This Blog! by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For those of you who stop by my site on a somewhat regular basis I'm sure you've noticed the constant change in my page layout, etc. (or maybe you haven't - who knows).   It ... Read on »
The Cracked Pot by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I kept coming across the words "The Cracked Pot" through various sites and never took the time to see what it was all about, until today.  I absolutely love this poem.  ... Read on »
The Influence of Culture on the Expression of Depression by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A study conducted by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada, compared groups of people, one in Canada and the others in Asia, as to how ... Read on »
Letting Go of What Others Think of You by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I was told by my doctor that he believed I should be on disability due to my mental health it kind of flabbergasted me.  I never in my entire life thought that I, at th ... Read on »
You Are Your Own Best Advocate by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health If you want to get the best treatment possible you need to be your own best advocate.  Throughout the years I have experienced way too many errors by doctors that have cost ... Read on »
Dexedrine vs Adderall (Pros and Cons) by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Recently my doctor switched me from Dexedrine to Adderall (well - the generic of Adderall) and the BIG difference between two two is that the generic Adderall is NOT an exte ... Read on »
Why I'll Never Commit Suicide (and Why You Shouldn't Either) by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I'm not going to lie - there have been plenty of times when I've thought about killing myself just to end the misery and pain I was in.  I've thought about it ever since I w ... Read on »
The Power of Positive Thinking by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Positive Thinking Your Key to Success by Remez Sasson Positive thinking brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and sati ... Read on »
Death & Dying ~ PART 2 of 2 ~ Lessons Learned by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health So I last left off with the devastating loss of my much-loved Grandmother... After she died all I could think of was "please God, don't take my Grandpa too".  However, after ... Read on »
Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 3-9 by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Across the country, NAMI advocates are gearing up for Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) 2010, which takes place October 3-9, to educate the public about serious menta ... Read on »
Death & Dying ~ PART 1 of 2 (*Warning: Contains Sensitive Material) by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In my 34 years of life I have gone to waaaaay too many funerals.  I've been going to them since I was just a kid.  I know lots of people go to funerals all the time, after a ... Read on »
Suicide Ads Projected Under Bridge Jumpers by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health By David Kiefaber on Sep 28 2010 Marketing stunts can be a lot of things—funny, weird, innovative, maudlin, he ... Read on »
Self Harm - Helpful Information by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Definition By Mayo Clinic staff   Self-injury is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's not meant as a suicide att ... Read on »
My Story of Self Harm by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This isn't easy to share because I still feel ashamed and embarrassed by my actions, but if telling my story can help others to better understand why people self harm and  t ... Read on »
Suprise! Surprise! Trying New Meds! by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Okay, so I'm finally back from my psych doctor appointment (and after waiting for at least an hour at Walgreens to get the new meds filled).  My depression meds have changed ... Read on »