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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The Importance of Education

Past Scott would beat me up for this episode, but I have to admit that education is awesome. No matter why you learn, whether it’s to become better in your field of expertise, beat someone in trivia, or develop a higher sense of understanding in the world, learning is great. It’s an amazing way to show and feel personal growth, while also seeing the world in a way that you may not have considered before. I used to hate school and dreaded going to class every day to see people there that were smarter than me, but now, I crave learning and think that furthering your education, no matter the medium, is a valuable, life-changing experience.

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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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Looking Forward to the Next…

The next what, you may ask? Well, the next… anything! It’s not always easy to keep pushing forward through whatever you’re dealing with. Life can be a bit bipolar, so sometimes it’ll treat you like royalty, and other times it’ll do it’s best to keep you down. When it’s trying to keep you down, I think it’s best to find something in the world that makes you excited, whether it’s a TV show, new video game release, or the fact that you’re having chicken salad for dinner (which I’m having on Wednesday, so I’m pretty stoked.) There are so many things in the world and your future that you can look forward to, so let’s take a dive into what they are, and how you can use them to push through the dark times.

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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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Taking a Much Needed Break

Taking a break seems like it should be such an easy thing to do. You just… do that thing that makes you feel relaxed, right? But it’s not always that easy. That thing that makes you relaxed might not be accessible, you might be feeling too down to do it, or you might simply not know what that thing is supposed to be. Well, I struggle to figure out how to relax sometimes too, and that’s what this episode is about. Listen to this week’s episode, where I talk about what relaxing is to me, the stress of not being able to relax when you need to, and I attempt a weird analogy about a skateboarder on a halfpipe, even though I’ve never skateboarded a day in my life.

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Bullet by Hollywood Undead

This week, I wanted to try something a little different. Instead of talking about what’s going on with me and my life, I talk about the song Bullet, by Hollywood Undead, and what I believe the band was talking about when they wrote it. It’s a song that’s all about suicide, the implications of it, and what it meant to the character/person that was singing it. My thoughts definitely aren’t written in stone, and I hope that while you listen to it, you find some areas that you disagree with, because I’d love to hear your opinions on it! I hope you like it!

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How to Manage Your Stress

Stress isn’t an easy thing to manage. It’s one of life’s many “things” that seem to beat all rational, and prevent you from thinking clearly, figuring out what you want, and feeling better. This week, I talk about my approach to managing my stress. My system may not necessarily work for everyone, but it works pretty well for me the majority of the time, so maybe it can work for you, too. I hope that something in here can help you out and make the rest of your week a little easier.

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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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I’m Publishing a Book!

My book, Trying Not to Kill Myself, comes out THIS FRIDAY! It’s been a long process, from writing, editing, cover design, formatting, and everything else that goes into self-publishing a book, I’m glad to say that this project is wrapping up and launching! I’ve been excited about getting this thing out there for years, and it’s finally happening. This feels like a massive milestone for me, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. In this episode, I talk about what it took to make this bad boy, and how it’s helped my mental health. Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you like the book!

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Bitter With the Sweet

Ya know, not everything in the world is great (as I’m sure you’ve already noticed.) That doesn’t make the world bad or terrible to live on, but it means that there are some less than perfect things that happen, whether it’s a dispute between you and a friend, some burnt mac n’ cheese because you forgot to add water to the Kraft you were microwaving, or you have a dog that WON’T STOP BITING YOUR SHOE LACES NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU TELL HER NOT TO, but I digress. Not everything will be great, but as the great musician, Carole King, said, “you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet.” In this episode, I dive into what that actually means.

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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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Stop and Smell the Roses

There are a ton of things happening in the world right now, and they’re things that many of us likely never expected in our lifetimes, our kid’s lifetimes, or even our grandkid’s lifetimes. There is a lot going on, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be caught in the endless streams of overwhelming news that’s coming at us from all directions. In this episode, I talk about what’s making me happy right now, and what you can do to find some happiness in your own life.

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The World as We Know It

It’s a weird time to be alive. There are protests all over, COVID-19 is still being a butthead, and the rate at which unexpecting things happen doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. This podcast is about mental health, and topics such as the riots are very polarizing, but this is a safe space. I tried my best to give my honest opinions about everything that’s happening and how I feel I should react to it all, along with how I’m trying to find the bright side. It’s a hard time for everyone, and focusing on mental health is more important than ever. Thanks for listening and I hope this can make you feel even the tiniest bit better, or at least show you a new perspective.

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Sooo, I Got Engaged

Whoa, I’m engaged! That’s pretty exciting, right? Being in a committed Whoa, I’m engaged! That’s pretty exciting, right? Being in a committed relationship is something that I never thought I’d be able to do, let alone get engaged. In this episode, I talk about the super unromantic way I started the proposal, the proposal itself, and how I overcame countless fears and embraced a long-term relationship (and sexy fiancée.)

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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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