Deborah Gray, Patient Expert

Deborah Gray wrote about depression as a Patient Expert for HealthCentral. She lived with undiagnosed clinical depression, both major episodes and dysthymia, from childhood through young adulthood. She was finally diagnosed at age 27, and since that time, her depression has been successfully managed with medication and psychotherapy.

ADHD, Distraction and Finishing Things

When I was a kid, every once in a while I would hear my dad swear as he hit his head on a cabinet door I had left open. It was a really bad habit of mine. I would open cabinets doors and never, I mean never, remember to close them. Actually, nothing’...
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Depression and Thyroid Disease

Did you know that Linda Ronstadt, Mary-Louise Parker, Oprah, Kim Cattrall and George and Barbara Bush have thyroid disease? Probably not. Thyroid problems don’t make the news, at least not as often as mental health issues do. But if you believe that ...
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Using a Light Box for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most people with winter-onset SAD can benefit from light therapy, but in light therapy, the devil is in the details. A very basic, bottom line description of light therapy is that it consists of light entering the patient’s retina from a prescribed d...
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Decluttering My Desk: How Did the Mess Get Here?

So, I was finally fed up with not being able to find anything on my desk. I keep throwing things on it that never leave, and since I have a very small desk area, it doesn’t take much in the way of neglect to make it look like this (the bottom part is ...
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How Depression May Change Your Life

When we’re trying to diagnose depression in ourselves or someone else, we often look at how we person feel. We feel sad, hopeless, exhausted, empty and so on. But sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint how we feel, and we’ll get more insight into our condit...
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The Link Between Vitamin D and Depression

Two years ago, I spent nine months with sinus infections. I had one after another, and if I didn’t go to the doctor and get antibiotics, I got so sick that I would throw up. None of the doctors I saw could figure out why all of a sudden I was so pron...
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Personality Traits and Depression

I’ve been a very self-contained person from an early age. When I was two years old, my parents separated, and my father moved out. If you don’t have much experience with young children, you’re probably thinking that it was good that he left when I wa...
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