Istikhara for Future

Istikhara for Future

Istikhara for Future Istekhara for Any Purpose Ad-Duha Surah #93 | Makkah, Al-Quran  Ad-Duha Surah #93   Ad-Duha English Transliteration By the morning hours And by the night when it is stillest, Thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee, And verily the latter portion will be better for thee than the…

Istikhara for Future

I’m Depressed, Not Dangerous

Therese J. Borchard

Just-Because-Im-Depressed-Does-Not-Mean-Im-Violent-722x406Every time there is a tragedy like the Germanwings crash in which the murderer is suspected of (or is documented with) mental problems, my job as a health advocate who tries to educate the public about the complexity of mood disorders gets much, much harder. Why? Because the connection of depression and/or suicidal thoughts is once again made with violence. So all the progress that we, as a society, have made in trying to understand an invisible illness is lost. Once again, the ten percent of Americans who take antidepressants become dangerous.

The wall gets higher.

Between those who can handle their emotions.

And the “cray-crays” who may go postal at any moment.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings crash who had received treatments for suicidal tendencies before getting his pilot license, is merely the most recent poster boy for depression and all disorders that fall under…

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How Much Should You Challenge Yourself With Depression?

Therese J. Borchard

Texas_Hold_'em_Hole_Cards“When you’re emerging from a depressive episode, how do you know when to push yourself—in terms of commitments and challenges—and when to be gentle with yourself?” someone asked recently on my depression community, Project Beyond Blue.

That’s one of the toughest questions people who have repeated depressive episodes face. Because no matter what they choose, they are sure it was the wrong choice. If you don’t take that night course, you feel like you wussed out. But the stress of studying for exams when your cognitive functions are in the toilet doesn’t really get you far either.

It’s the third part of the Serenity Prayer: knowing the difference between those things that you have to accept because you can’t change them (your illness, your limitations), and the things that you can change (appropriate challenges).

It’s about wisdom, which is different than knowledge. Leo Tolstoy said it best: “We…

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