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How to Talk to a Loved One about Depression

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Spiritual Assistance by H. Grobe

When someone we love is suffering, we want to help. But when he or she is suffering from a mental illness, that help can be hard to give.

Depression alters a person’s sense of reality and makes other people’s perceptions difficult to believe. Read the rest of this entry

How to Have a Happy Holiday When You Aren’t Feeling Very Happy

Songs, movies, magazines, and advertisements all tell us that the holidays are the happiest time of the year. But, for millions of people, the focus on friends and family is just another reminder of what they have lost. I am one of them. And maybe you are, too.

My beloved grandmother died just days before Christmas–I have vivid memories of a terrible Christmas Eve spent opening the gifts she had already bought. The holidays have never been quite the same for me because, amidst the joy and fun of Christmas, I can’t forget that a piece of who I am is missing. Read the rest of this entry

10 Ways to Support a Friend with Depression

It is difficult to watch someone we love suffer without knowing how to help. When a friend’s parent dies, we bring a casserole. When she has been in a car accident, we pick her children up from school. But how to we help women who suffer from an invisible illness it is difficult to understand? Experimental Wifery brings you ten suggestions compiled from therapists, psychiatrists, and Alison’s own experience on the giving and receiving end of a supportive friendship for someone with depression. Read the rest of this entry

5 Tasteful Bachelorette Parties That Won’t Break the Bridesmaids’ Budget

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Women have thrown parties to celebrate their friends’ weddings for centuries. But the modern idea of a bachelorette (or hen) party modeled on mens’ bachelor parties has only been around since the 1960’s. With the advent of the sexual revolution came the desire for men and women to have equally sodden and debauched parties to say farewell to the single life.

It isn’t too late to reclaim the older tradition—a happy, wholesome celebration of friendship that doesn’t leave the bride-to-be embarrassed or hung over just days before her wedding. These five tried-and-true ideas are all great ways to show a friend your love and joy. Read the rest of this entry

Being a Good Old Friend to a New Mom

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The first new mom in a group of twenty or thirty-something friends is always a cause for celebration. But enthusiastic singles and newly-weds often find themselves wondering how they can be good friends to someone who is about to experience something so wonderful and different. What’s a single girl to do?

New moms need their girlfriends like never before. Friendship makes pregnancy and motherhood more fun and a strong support network is one of the best ways to protect the mother and baby’s health by helping to prevent post-partum depression.

Read more at Verily Magazine…

The Best Kind of Friend: Aristotle on Friendship

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Being a woman can be a lonely business. Young women have to strike out on their own and make lives for themselves—often far from home. Most moms must make the painful choice between missing their children from work or missing adult companionship while home with their kids. Older women cope with many different kinds of loss when their children move away from home or a spouse or beloved friend dies.

Friendship is what carries most women through these difficult transitions in their lives. In fact, the great philosopher Aristotle describes friendship as “most necessary with a view to living.” Read the rest of this entry