Becky Castle Miller

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Getting Help For Depression

You know yourself, and you know what’s normal for you…and you know if you’re not feeling “normal” right now. Acknowledging that was very hard for me, because I wanted to think I was fine. It was so freeing to say to my counselor in an early session, “I am not okay.” Part of the difficulty with depression is just not having the energy to DO anything to fix it. That makes seeking help doubly tough. But I encourage you to take active steps toward health. Five things to consider are: Diagnosis, Support, Insurance, Counseling, and Medical Assistance.

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When Is Medication Necessary for Depression?

I am not a fan of unnecessary medical interventions. When I have a cold, I prefer vitamin C and vaporizers to antihistamines and decongestants. Only when I’m absolutely miserable and can’t sleep do I take cold medicine. That’s the same reason I opted for natural childbirth (four times)–I don’t like the medicalization of birth, and I don’t like the side effects for mother and child of most birth interventions. So I was cautious about taking medication for depression in 2010. It wasn’t something I even considered until both my marriage counselor and personal counselor suggested it and my midwife also thought...

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What Going Mad Feels Like – Video of My Talk

In 2009, I had an emotional breakdown and postpartum depression. This is my story of mental illness and recovery. My 7-minute talk was given at a PechaKucha event in Maastricht, Netherlands, on 9 December 2014. PechaKucha (Japanese for chit-chat) is a worldwide event where speakers spread their ideas in a format of 20 slides, 20 seconds each. Watch the video on Vimeo.