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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.

Latest by Deborah Gray

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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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10 Tips for Staying Sane When Your Partner Is Depressed

Being in a relationship with someone who is depressed has its challenges. Here are 10 tips for securing your own well-being while trying to be a support system to your loved one.

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Taking a Vacation with Your ADHD Child (and Staying Sane)

Although children with ADHD may seem to be inherently anti-structure, they actually function best in a structured, familiar setting. But vacations and travel are all about getting away from the familiar - new places, new schedules, new people. As the ...

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Looking at Mike Wallace's Contribution to Our Understanding of Depression

“I didn’t know what was the matter with me. All I knew was that I was feeling lower than a snake’s belly…I remember we used to go to restaurants, and I’d say ‘Everybody’s pointing at me, the cheat, the fraud, the fake.’ You really believe these thing...

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Meditation and Yoga for ADHD

Do you ever wish that there was some way that you could slow your racing thoughts, learn to focus your attention better and calm your life down? If the answer is yes, what about meditation and yoga? Okay, you can stop laughing now. I’m serious. Reall...

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Five Ways to Keep a Child with ADHD Organized and On Track

For me, parenting a child with ADHD is two parts love and one part frustration. I find myself saying, “But how could you forget to do that?” almost as many times as I say, “I love you, honey.” We know from experience that simply telling an ADHD child ...

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Adult ADHD and Disorganization: My Messy House

As I mentioned in a previous SharePost, I tend to collect paper into piles. I wish it was just paper that ended up that way, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Let’s take a tour of the house I share with my son and husband. Living room - there’s ...

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A Tale of Several ADHD Medications

My Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) wasn’t diagnosed till I was in my late thirties. By that point, as you can imagine, I had developed coping strategies to get me through life, especially at work. So when my doctor asked if I would li...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children

Did you know that children can suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? I’m embarrassed to admit that I just found this out recently, after years of writing about mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that can cause depressi...

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What to Do When Your Partner is Depressed

Relationships with our partners can be complicated when both people are mentally and emotionally healthy. When one person becomes depressed, it can play havoc with the dynamics of a relationship, even one that was previously stable. As the person on ...