Letting Go

TDP Episode 70 photoEpisode 70:  Connection, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guests, Destany and her daughter, 7, each tell the story of their depression and how they are getting out of the cycle of abuse and poverty through therapy and their strong mother-daughter connection. Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Destany’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlkSzi3GA-3FB82kxV9j4g




TDP Episode 69 photoEpisode 69:  Connection, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Austin, tells the story of his depression and how getting a sense of perspective and practicing gratitude helped him focus outward on what he could do to help others, rather than focusing inward and feeling depressed. Sunday, October 8, 2017.

10 Ways to Deepen Your Connections With Others (excepts)


1. Smile

Smiling at another person is one of the simplest ways to connect with them, and it only takes a second.

2. Make Eye Contact

When you make eye contact and choose to be completely present with other people, it cultivates a level of trust and safety that allows them to open up even more.

3. Schedule Quality Time

In today’s world, there’s a bigger emphasis on running around and getting things done than there is on making time to connect with others.

4. Listen With Your Heart

When you can listen from your heart rather than your head, you’re able to be present while someone else shares. When you feel heard—really heard—by another, it deepens your level of trust and connection with them.

5. Actively Love

The art of actively loving happens when you turn love into a verb instead of simply viewing it as a state. Practice doing things for—and with—people that demonstrate you love them.

6. Communicate Consciously

Relationships require open, compassionate, and conscious communication. Effective communication asks that you show up in the conversation without engaging in melodrama or blaming others or yourself.

7. Dig Deeper

Through doing your own personal development work, you come to know and understand yourself at a deeper level. As this journey unfolds, you inevitably learn more about those who play a role in your life experiences.

8. Be Present and Focused on the Other

Ask people about their lives, their families, their hobbies, goals, and visions. Then, really listen to what they have to say.

9. Establish Go’s and No-Go’s

Another profound way to connect with others is to dip below the surface and explore the deeper level conversations that reveal other people’s likes and dislikes.

10. Be Authentic

Another profound way to connect with others is to be authentically you. Practicing authenticity means being vulnerable.

Reaching Out

TDP Episode 68 photoEpisode 68:  Reaching Out, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Francesca, tells the story of her depression and how rejecting the label of “depression” helps her manage her symptoms, allowing her to accept her emotional state and be honest about how she is feeling. Through yoga and her blog she helps others find their own way through depression. Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Francesca’s website: http://www.francescamichelle.com/
Francesca’s blog: https://www.frenchygold.com/

Except’s from this week’s show from Psych Central:

Reaching Out

4 Ways To Reach Out When Depressed By Graeme Cowan


1. Talk to those around you

You don’t have to formally inform someone that you feel like you have clinical depression.

Instead, you can simply say that things have been a bit tough for you lately and that you’re struggling to cope. Ask if they can listen to you without judging for a little while, and then tell them how you feel and what you’re going through. You may be surprised how supportive, empathetic or understanding your family member or friend may be.

2. Join support groups

There is nothing like being able to talk with people who really understand what you are going through — fellow travelers — those who also live with depression or bipolar. There are specialized depression or bipolar groups, and those that support all mental health challenges.

3. Call a support line or reach out online

These provide total anonymity and support from either trained counselors or people who have been through depression and survived.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S. (800-273-TALK), or the worldwide network BeFrienders (http://www.befrienders.org/need-to-talk). Tucson HOPE Warm Line, 520.770.9909

4. Read others’ stories

Reading the documented struggles of others from all walks of life when it comes to depression can help provide you with a sense of both perspective and scale. Not only are you not alone — many more people are afflicted than you may have initially thought.