Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset? Let me ask it this way: do you avoid challenges, give up easily, anticipate effort will prove fruitless, ignore criticism, or see others' success as a threat to your own? If so, you might have a bad case of a fixed mindset. Don't worry, though. You're not alone.
I took to my Facebook page to ask friends and followers a simple question: What products have helped you with depression and anxiety? The response I got was so extensive that, despite my original intent for the question, I opted to share their answers on Dadding Depressed. There are A LOT of great ideas in…
Wow. That picture is random. Well, so is this post. Here are a few of my favorite random links I’ve found lately.
Because guys tend to call depression by the names anger, irritability, stress, nights alone, promiscuous sex, pornography, masturbation, one-more-drink, most mislabel the deeper issue and, in turn, fashion themselves into ticking timebombs. Words like depression, anxiety, suicide simply aren't in the vocabulary of a macho-man, and internalization is all we know.
Everybody has a shadow, and we would do well to shine a light on this silent epidemic. Still, how do we shine a light into a season of such thick darkness when we are baffled and heart-broken. And, when suicide hits home like it did for me a few days ago, how does a shaken community appropriately respond?
If, like me, you're in a funk, or perhaps in preparation of one, let's join together and challenge ourselves in these 7 ways. They are activities that have helped me in the past, but, Lord knows, I need a reminder of their benefits.
When life gets hard, or when you're confronted with shame, or when you need to get something off your chest, or when you're seeking advice or a shoulder to cry on, do you have a friend to call? Depression and loneliness often go hand in hand. And, let's be real, a lot of men are lonely.
Though most men don't wear makeup, we are all masters of disguise. We cover up nagging habits and deep insecurities with feigned confidence, or we craft a grin to hide the darkness raging inside. To keep up with the Joneses or to get that promotion or to seem strong for our family, we revert to faking it until we make it because we all know no one likes a cry-baby or a wimp or a wuss or a pansy. So, we man-up, tightening our belts, duct-taping our mouths, and straightening our aching backs as we hesitate to accept a dreadful fate: machoism.
When in dismal or anxious times, music can be a sound of hope. Here's Dadding Depressed's May Playlist to help you get through this month's darkness.
The first article I posted on Dadding Depressed was called "The M-E-N In Mental Illness." It was good, but 200 posts later, I look back at it like it's a buck-toothed middle school selfie. June 21, 2017, I wrote "Why The Words Matter More Than The Numbers Ever Could," in which I talked about learning…