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If depressed thoughts (symptoms of depression and anxiety) spoke to you online, how would you cope? Your answer could be the key to real-life recovery.

(The purpose of this video is to externalize & normalize depressed, anxious, or even suicidal thoughts, with the aim of giving a new -- and hopeful -- perspective on how we experience and deal with mental illness.)

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Mike's personal channel:
http://www.youtube.com/tmikemartin
(Mike is also a Young Adult novelist. His book, THE END GAMES, is available at all online booksellers, including Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062201816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0062201816&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=CF4ULRBEW6LATV3C)

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COUNSELING AND MEDICATION RESOURCES:
THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE --
1-800-273-8255 (U.S.)
For information on international hotlines, please see http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

Depression Support Groups:
http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home
http://www.supportgroupscentral.com/depression/

Depression Test:
http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1308

GoodRx (a site that gives you free discounts on many medications): http://www.goodrx.com/

The lightbox I use:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=WLDD3DAO3WFTFPI5

Psychology Today's therapist search engine: http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/
For additional searches (including free therapy), see http://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help/

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BOOKS ON DEPRESSION AND/OR ANXIETY...

BEFORE HAPPINESS (a great primer on Positive Psychology): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BVJG2P6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BVJG2P6&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=NILJ4D3K7IOCNJR3

THE DEPRESSION CURE:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738213888/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0738213888&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=N3SIJRVRPMTCXJG2

FEELING GOOD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009UW5X4C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009UW5X4C&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20

THE FEELING GOOD HANDBOOK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452281326/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0452281326&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=APGAABL6ZM7W3OFC

FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING: http://www.amazon.com/Full-Catastrophe-Living-Revised-Edition/dp/0345536932/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1409318752&sr=8-1

THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH DEPRESSION:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593851286/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1593851286&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=RSJ25LUDVWCWH4PW

THE NOONDAY DEMON: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684854678/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0684854678&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=FBFNGEMBEHH36RFR

SAY GOODNIGHT TO INSOMNIA:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/yourstore/home/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=YC32SEDJVLQTSPKK

UNDOING DEPRESSION:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316043419/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0316043419&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=G32TSEBFETOARBFH

AN UNQUIET MIND: A MEMOIR OF MOODS AND MADNESS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679763309/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0679763309&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=RXKTJ5L3XTQGMFG3

WHEN PANIC ATTACKS:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076792083X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=076792083X&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=5OSUDYLUPJD5XZDM

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EXERCISE:
Mayo Clinic's Guide to Exercise and Depression: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

P90X3:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GSBMW2Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00GSBMW2Y&linkCode=as2&tag=tmicmar-20&linkId=QQ6FOG4WUXBJNG4F

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OTHER VIDEOS:
Andrew Solomon's TED Talk, "Depression, the Secret We All Share": http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_depression_the_secret_we_share?language=en

ASAP Science's "The Science of Depression": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOK1tKFFIQI

"I Had a Black Dog, His Name Was Depression": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc

National Institute of Mental Health, "Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments of Depression": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlNCavst2EU

"The Power of Vulnerability": http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

"This Emotional Life" (3-part PBS special): http://video.pbs.org/program/this-emotional-life/

"Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDl6-lyfMY
Mike: Hey. So in the last few weeks there's been a lot of discussion online about something that doesn't get discussed very often. And that is Depression.

I am really not sure why depression is so hard to talk about but (Getting a call from Skype)
Sorry
M: Hello
Your own worst thoughts: Whaddup loser
M: - Ahhh
YOWT: Just want to let you know you're a big ole failure and people are going to think way less of you for making this video.

M: Depression is a disease as diabetes and cancer are. It is the number one disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people every year. Symptoms include loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, sleep and appetite changes, lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities. Depression is not being blue or grieving. The opposite of depression is not happiness, it's vitality. 

What does it feel like?
For me, it is a numbness that hurts. It is an incremental fragmentation of my hopes and self and connection to the outer world. It feels like the compass broke and the lights blew out.

First let's acknowledge something- when you are depressed doing anything is hard. Although there are many good treatment options, one of the main symptoms of depression can be feelings of hopelessness which might convince you not to try treatment at all.

This is like if one of the main symptoms of food poisoning was a ravenous desire to eat more spoiled oysters. It tells you that the pain is going to be forever and that any good feelings are fleeting (Background - Oh No).

And so if you are in pain, what I want to say to you just with all my heart is that treatment can help you in ways that your mind can literally not currently imagine. Depression can be kind of self-obsessed. 

YOWT: You are alone. Unloved. You are alone. Unloved. You are alone. Unloved. GRRRRRRRRR

M: Which is why it can be so incredibly helpful to share what you've been going through with somebody else.

Now truth be told you probably have encountered some people in life who have kind of a judgmentally air about them. Those aren't the ones you want to share with. But if depression has you in it's grips and you are still afraid to talking with everyone in your life about it, that is a strong sign that you should talk to a professional with a non-judgmental, non-bias ear. We were not meant to fight alone.

There are many paths to recovery. For me personally, it started with seeking out a professional. Specifically, a therapist who specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been shown again and again to be extremely effective against mental illness. 

The psychology today website has a wonderful search engine that can help you find a therapist in your area. One thing I want to point out is that if money is an issue, please don’t assume that you can't afford therapy. Many therapist have a sliding scale for lower income. Another option is that if there are graduate schools in your area they have extremely reduced rates because you'll be seeing someone who is technically still a student but they are being supervised by a licensed professional. If you have health insurance and mental health benefits then the company should be covering your costs according to your plan. And there are also free mental health clinics in many communities.

What about medication? Well, me personally, I was very much against taking medication for a long time. I thought it was a crutch that would manufacture a false self or make me less creative. None of them’s right. Before I started taking medication I went through many periods where I was too depressed to write or make anything at all. And I actually think that depression is kind of the opposite of creativity. Creativity if it is anything is the process of making choices. Depression is kind of defined by the seeming inability to have choices. And frankly, the ultimate creative act is the day to day process of shaping your own life.

If you're lower income some drug companies will give you your medication at lowered or no cost. There are also great sites like goodrx.com that can help you get discounts for free.

I have also been helped by using a light box or P90X or getting enough sleep, depression support groups, a mindfulness practice. I can’t honestly tell you that you will find the perfect medication or therapist on the first try. It might take a while. It did for me. And in the end it might be art therapy or animal therapy or any other number of treatments that help you.

I know the information in this video might seem overwhelming but ultimately it’s just here to tell you one thing: Adulthood is not something that happens to you. It’s something you make. So, what kind of adulthood will you make?