Can You Work So Hard That You Forget About Your Depression?

Have you ever thought about diving into something and immersing yourself so completely so that you don’t have to worry about the thoughts going through your head? If so, I did it for you and learned that it’s not a great thing to do, so I don’t recommend it. I’ve been very busy with everything going on in my life that it’s hard for me to focus on the stuff that I know makes me feel happier, such as talking with my friends and family, writing, making content for Acceptable Madness, and more. This last week has amounted to me working almost exclusively on my masters classes and other daily responsibilities, and although I was able to get everything done in time, the act of putting my mental health on the backburner to focus on it was hard… and putting it frankly, it sucked. So, to answer the main question of this episode – no, you can’t work so hard that you forget about your depression. In this episode, I dive deeper into why I think that is.

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Acceptable Madness’ 100th Birthday!

It’s been a long road – after a little over 2 years, it’s time to celebrate Acceptable Madness’ 100th birthday. In that short amount of time, I’ve talked for hours and hours about different topics such as loss, friendship, sleep, rejection, and so much more. I’ve told you more about myself than most of my closest friends know about me, and I’ve uncovered more about how my mind works in that time than I ever could have imagined. In this episode, I’d like to talk about how much I’ve changed over that time, how I feel about it, and what I’d like to see moving forward. This episode is special for me, not just because of it being triple digits, but because it means I’ve been able to start something and follow through with it, no matter the challenges that life (and that pesky depression) throws at me. I hope that I’ve helped you through whatever struggles you’re having, and hope that the lessons I’ve shared with you will keep you moving forward through life with optimism and strength, because life is tough, but you’re tougher. Thanks for listening, and I can’t wait to talk to you in another 100 episodes!

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How Does Depression Affect Love?

Love and depression are like potato chips and chocolate; they seem like they shouldn’t go together but they’re actually a magical combination. Huh? Only I like chocolate-covered potato chips and most people think it’s weird? Oh… the more you know I guess. What I mean is that love and depression, although many people would think they don’t mesh, they actually do and in a perfect, weird kind of way. Even though you might not feel love in the traditional sense – full of hearts and smiles fluttering across your face – I’m sure you feel it in different ways. No matter how you feel love and other strong emotions that are special to you, just know that they’re real, they matter, and even if you feel emotions differently than some others, it doesn’t mean you’re an unfeeling robot. I can say that with confidence because I am a recovering unfeeling robot. Listen to this episode of the podcast to learn more about my thoughts on how depression affects love in your everyday life.

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Falling Shorter Than You’d Like

There are so many things in the world that we are amazing at, average at, and terrible at. Now, I like to focus on the things that I’m amazing at, and I’m sure you do too (and I’m sure there are a lot of things that you’re amazing at,) but no matter if you’re great at something or awful at it, there is always the chance that you’ll fall short. Whether it’s a test that you thought you got a 100% on but you actually got a B, or you were working on a project at work that didn’t go as planned, we’ll occasionally fall short. For the longest time, I couldn’t get passed that and would hold myself to the unrealistic task of being perfect all the time, but I’ve recently had a change of mind. In this episode, I talk about how it’s okay to fall short on things, and it can actually be something that really helps you figure out what you are good at, and how to prioritize your time.

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Mentally Preparing for the Future

Hi! I hope you’re ready to sit back and relax while we talk about the future. A friend of mine recently told me that to feel better about the world and their current situation, they just stopped thinking about the future, and instead focused entirely on the present. That inspired me to make this episode, where I really dive into how I look at the future, how it’s probably not the most productive way to do it, but how I’m hoping to change my mindset to be a more happy individual. The future can always look scary, especially when you have so many things that you hope to accomplish in life, but taking it one step at a time, knowing that what you’re doing is the best thing for you in the moment, is probably the best way to fend off those fears. Thanks for listening.

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Setting Deadlines for Yourself

Okay, hear me out with this one. No one likes deadlines, I know. At work or school, they stress you out. If you miss one, it can feel very defeating. But dang, when you accomplish whatever deadline you have, it feels pretty good. That’s what this episode is all about! Setting realistic deadlines for yourself is a great way to give yourself a reason to get out of bed and do something. In the past, I’ve talked about setting the goal of simply getting out of bed and showering, and although that is a worthwhile and very difficult goal on some days, it’s important to have other things that keep kicking you in the butt to keep moving forward, too. If you don’t you might not be able to find a way to move beyond simply getting up and showering.

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When Your Motivation Takes a Vacation

We all know the feeling. You feel inspiration to chase something new and exciting in your life, and the second you get ready to work on it, the motivation disappears. This thing that was driving you mere seconds ago is gone, and now you feel empty and directionless, a fleeting feeling in its place. That’s what this episode is about. I talk about what happens when the motivation vanishes without the courtesy of saying goodbye, and you’re left with nothing but the desire to lay in bed and eat chips.

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Lessons From the Avatar

I’ve been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and through all of the awesome fighting and world building, the character that sticks out most to me is Uncle Iroh. The once great Fire Nation General turned tea-loving mentor is a complex man, and no matter the situation, he always brings the calming presence of wisdom. In this episode, I talk about some of the quotes he had throughout the show, and how applicable they are to our lives on the outside. I never thought I’d make an episode of a mental health podcast about a children’s TV show, but hey, I think it turned out pretty great! Thanks for listening.

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What It Takes to Be Happy

Ever wonder what the “Scott McKinney Solution to Happiness” (Patent Pending) is? Well here it is in all of its glory! But for real, I talk about what combination of things make me happy, how I discovered this magical combo, and how with work and hope, you can find what things you need to feel better too. Plus, my book, Trying Not to Kill Myself, is coming out on Friday, July 17th, so please check it out then!

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Feeling Like a Burden

There is no clear-cut definition for depression that encompasses everyone who struggles with it since it affects everyone differently; however, there are similarities that exist within most people that have it. It’s easy to feel like you’re going it alone, especially when swamped by suicidal thoughts, but I learn each day that most people are more like me and you than you’d think, such as feeling like a burden to those around you.

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The Effects of Burn Out

We’re all stuck at home. We’re all tired of being stuck at home. We’re all stressed for a multitude of different reasons, whether it’s from being unemployed and searching for a job, missing family, or just exhausted at our jobs. It’s a hard time for everyone, and in this episode, I talk about what’s been a struggle for me and how I’m trying to overcome it.

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The Joy of Progress

Hello and thanks for tuning into another episode of Acceptable Madness! In this episode, I talk about progress, and how progressing or improving in something that you care about feels delightful – and maybe even happiness-inducing. Yeah. It’s that good.

I also talk about how the Carousel of Progress broke down when I was riding it with my family, creating the most ironic thing that I’ve ever lived through.

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Why People Like Things

Hello and thanks for checking out another episode of Acceptable Madness! Although the title of this episode seems kind of weird and super not detailed, this episode is about exactly what it says. People like different things for different reasons, and for the first time in my life, I was able to understand that instead of quantifying or questioning it, simply accepting that people like something is enough – and there’s no reason to fight that.

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What If You Don’t Have Hobbies?

I know that in the past, I have talked about hobbies as almost entirely creativity-based ventures, and I believe that that is shortsighted. In this episode, I talk about hobbies of all shapes and sizes, ranging from watching the massively overrated Tiger King documentary to baking, and how no matter what you do with your free time, the only thing that ultimately matters is finding things that make you happy.

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Trying Not to Kill Myself

This week, I talk about the new eBook that I’m going to publish in the coming weeks titled Trying Not to Kill Myself. I read a few of the shorts that are in the 100 story compilation and talk about what compelled me to write them, along with how they made me feel. I hope you like what you hear! If you do, keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram to hear updates about the project. I’ll also mention it here so that all of you wonderful podcast listeners are kept in the loop. Thanks for your support over the years and for the coming years as well.

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Thinking of Those That You Miss

As we enter another week of quarantine, I talk about how I’ve been holding up so far and how I’ve coped with the isolation. Along with that, I look for the positive in the mess that the world seems to be in right now, and then decide to never talk about Coronavirus on my podcast again because information is coming from all directions and I want this to be more of a break from that as opposed to another source of worry. Thanks for listening, and keep an eye on my Facebook page (link below) to see when I release my first self-published book, Trying Not to Kill Myself. Stay safe and healthy out there.

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Quarantined and Cooped Up

It’s a weird time for everyone right now. Stores, restaurants and businesses are closed, people are stuck at home, and most everyone is scared to leave their house, even if it’s for the most essential of items. Right now is a hard time on everyone, and trying to stay happy through all of it is difficult as heck. So this week, I talk about how I’ve been trying to stay happy and healthy while I’m locked in my apartment with Alex, a cat and a dog with more roundworms than I ever hoped to see in my whole life.

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Living Amidst the Coronavirus

I know everyone has already been talking about COVID, but I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring too. Stay healthy out there and try not to let this thing scare you too badly. It’s obviously a big deal, but so is acting rationally and doing everything in your power to handle it responsibly and without screwing over your neighbors (stop hoarding toilet paper.) Here are my thoughts on the virus and how it’s affected me mentally.

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Old Happiness Vs. New Happiness

In a recent episode, I talked about what happiness means to me and how I see it affecting other people. In this episode, I talk about why I was at least partially wrong in that belief, and how I’ve been trying to evalute what happiness really means to me now.

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Simple Things Pt. IV

Why part four? Well, because I’ve written about the simple things in the past in a book I’m currently editing with Alex. Hopefully it’ll be edited in the coming months but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself, plus, I don’t want this to be an advertisement. I just wanted to let you know I wasn’t going crazy. This week, I talk about the simple things that make me happy. I’ve been having a rough few weeks and this podcast isn’t a platform for me to vent, but rather a platform to share tips and tricks on how to be happier. So, I want to talk about what’s been making me happier. I hope it can help you like it helps me.

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