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Beyond Blue

I kind of hate to go here, but I need to for those who are EXTREMELY depressed and their loved ones. One symptom of severe depression is a lack of all self-care, and, in particular, personal hygiene. In retrospect, I think it’s funny that my therapist told me during one of our sessions that I stunk. It’s an indication of how far I sank, but also how much progress I’ve made (no one has told me that I stink in two years!).Of course taking care of yourself goes beyond bathing and wearing deodorant (actually, I still don’t use deodorant–I take my chances, I guess). Taking care of yourself means giving priority to the person that you refer to as “me” or “myself” or “I.” of making sure her needs are met along with everyone elses. To view my YouTube video, “Beyond Blue: When Was Your Last Shower?” click here.To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click here.

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