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For Sally

by: Jay Henningsen My exposure to people suffering from depression has been a long, strange trip. Several members of my mother’s side of the family have struggled with various degrees of clinical depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder for large portions of their lives. As an adolescent, I honestly never really paid much attention to their […]

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Striving podcast on depression

Striving_Episode_27 Shawn and Karla discuss how depression has affected her life and their relationship. (Originally released as Episode 27 of the “Striving” podcast on November 8, 2011. Shared by special request.) Contact this author http://www.takethis.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Striving_Episode_27.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Get Over It

by: Jay Posey No one ever told me depression felt so much like anger. Not an explosive anger, or even a focused one.  Just a low-intensity burn, always simmering beneath the surface.  A pressure, like someone sitting on my chest. And boredom.   Never interested in what I was doing, never looking forward to whatever […]

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I’ll Never be a Normal Person

by: Anonymous When I was 12 or 13, I told my parents I was really stressed out. I don’t remember why I said it, but I remember lying in bed every night, wide awake, my mind racing with worries that would probably seem absurd now, and I couldn’t make it stop. I didn’t know how […]

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People Are Important

by: Pete Davison People are important. That knowledge didn’t really sink in until two years ago, when I really needed them. And they came through, probably saving my life in the process. Some context first of all: I have struggled with depression, social anxiety and self-esteem issues for as long as I can remember, though […]

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Welcome to the Take This Project

by: Russ Pitts I was never a big believer in mental illness. I would know people who would say they had problems, or who would take this or that drug for this or that disorder, and I would politely condescend. I would smile and tell them how sorry I felt, and then silently remind myself […]

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Take This Project Mission Statement

“It’s dangerous to go alone.” An acknowledgement that the world can be a difficult place for anyone. “Take this.” An offer of help. Mental health is a hard thing to talk about. Depression and anxiety can be overwhelming, but so easily dismissed as “just feeling sad” or “needing to relax.” It’s far too easy to […]

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