Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jihadists: NGO

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Beirut (AFP) - Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday.

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 The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for around $1,000 each to IS fighters.

The group said it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women had been kidnapped and transported to Syria by the jihadists, but it had so far documented the sale into marriage of 27.

"In recent weeks, some 300 women and girls of the Yazidi faith who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war to fighters from the Islamic State," a statement said.

The group said it had documented several cases in which the fighters then sold the women as brides for $1,000 each to other IS members after forcing them to convert to Islam.

"The Observatory documented at least 27 cases of those being sold into marriage by Islamic State members in the northeast of Aleppo province, and parts of Raqa and Hassakeh province," the NGO said.

It added that some Syrian Arabs and Kurds had tried to buy some of the women in a bid to set them free, but they were only being sold to IS members.

The Observatory said it was unclear what had happened to the rest of the 300 women, and strongly denounced the "sale of these women who are being treated as though they are objects to buy and sell."

Both UN officials and Yazidis fleeing IS advances in Iraq have said fighters kidnapped women to be sold into forced marriages.

UN religious right monitor Heiner Beilefeldt warned earlier this month of reports of women being executed and kidnapped by IS militants.

"We have reports of women being executed and unverified reports that strongly suggest that hundreds of women and children have been kidnapped –- many of the teenagers have been sexually assaulted, and women have been assigned or sold to 'IS' fighters," she said.

Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking minority who follow an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism, are dubbed "devil worshippers" by IS militants because of their unorthodox blend of beliefs and practices.

The IS emerged from the one-time Iraqi affiliate of Al-Qaeda but has since broken with that group and espouses an interpretation of Islam that has been widely rejected.

It has pressed a campaign of terror in the areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, which it deems an Islamic "caliphate," carrying out decapitations, crucifixions and public stonings.

In June, the group launched a lightning offensive in Iraq, overrunning parts of five provinces.

In August, it captured Yazidi villages in the area of Mount Sinjar, prompting an enormous outpouring of the minority amid reports of executions and the abduction of women.

Chinese boy can't hear his cartoons, cuts high-rise worker's safety rope

SARAH EBERSPACHER | 9:50AM EDT

Saturday cartoons are very, very, veryimportant to one 10-year-old Chinese boy.

A worker was installing lighting on the outside of a high-rise apartment building when a boy appeared at an eighth-floor window and began sawing through the worker's safety rope. Apparently, the construction racket was drowning out the kid's cartoons, and he decided this would be an effective way to restore some silence.

"I shouted at him to stop, but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken," the worker told Chinese new outlet Xinhua. "That's when I called to my workmate for help."

Forty minutes later, several firemen rescued the worker from his precarious position. Police questioned the boy, who eventually admitted to his actions. The kid's dad came home and apologized to the worker.

He also gave him a new safety rope.


 

 

Sarah Eberspacher

Sarah Eberspacher is the assistant photo editor for TheWeek.com. She has previously worked as a sports reporter at The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus and The Arizona Republic. She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Biltmore-House A Place of Fairy Tales & Magic – The Biltmore Estate (#Checkitout)

NUZZLED SNUGLY, DEEP WITHIN THE PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST AND ENCIRCLED BY MOUNTAINS THAT BREATHE BLUE SMOKE IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THIS PLACE OF FAIRY TALES AND MAGIC.

The opulent and somewhat imposing French Renaissance, Châteauesque-styled mansion called Biltmore Estate stands proud and illustrious, enveloped by 8,000 acres of forest and lush gardens. The acreage is split down the middle by the third oldest river in the world, the French Broad River, and lies not too far from historic Asheville, North Carolina. The lavish estate, the largest private residence in the U.S. still to this day, is a main attraction for the Asheville area, attracting 1 million visitors a year.

It was the height of the American Gilded Age when George Washington Vanderbilt decided to buy an enormous tract of land just outside scenic Asheville, North Carolina. Then he hired the ‘premier’ New York architect  Richard Morris Hunt to design the largest home in America.

Finally in 1889, one thousand workers began construction on the 178,926 square foot, 250-room home that would ultimately take 11 million bricks to complete. The construction of the mansion was such a monumental task that the small village of Biltmore, NC was constructed to house all the workers. The village remains today and is very popular with shoppers and tourists.

Biltmore construction
Six years later, on Christmas Eve 1895, it was officially opened to family and friends. The Biltmore Estate started out as the ultimate bachelor pad for George, the first three years he lived there he was single.

Unfortunately, George would only live to enjoy his “little mountain escape,” as he was fond of calling it, for 19 years. In 1914 he died unexpectedly after complications from an appendectomy.

The estate was a technological wonder back when it opened in 1895, it was fully electrified and centrally heated, unheard of for the time.

Vanderbilt loved to travel to Africa, Asia and Europe, and when he was on those trips he purchased hundreds of pieces of rare art, Sheraton and Chippendale furniture, rare books, expensive novelties and tapestries which now adorn the four-acres of floor space in the estate! That’s more than five football fields of space.

The mansion has thirty-five bedrooms, forty-three bathrooms, and sixty-five fireplaces. In the banquet hall, there is a forty foot-long table that seats sixty-four, and in the library, my favorite part of the house, contains more than ten thousand books. The Vanderbilt art collection contains one hundred and eighty-five paintings from artists such as Renoir, Sargent, Whistler, Pellegrini and Boldini.

Banquet Hall
The Library
Some of Edison’s first light bulbs illuminated the home, and indoor plumbing was available throughout also.

A few other highlights of the mansion are: Indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, a chess set owned by Napolean while he was exiled on St. Helena, and gymnasium.

The Inside Pool
The Indoor Bowling Aley
Napoleans Chess Set
THE GROUNDSVanderbilt originally purchased 125,000 acres of land for his estate, and he hired the most celebrated landscape architect in the world at the time, Frederick Law Olmsted, to plan Biltmore’s magnificent grounds and gardens. After Vanderbilt’s death, most of the land was sold, leaving the estate with the present day 8,000 acres. The landscaped gardens cover 75 acres. There is a vineyard on the grounds that covers 94 acres and supplies the on-site winery with 75,00 cases of wine (900,000 bottles) annually.  The surrounding forest — composed of azalea, mountain laurel, dogwood, redwood, and oak trees — appears as wilderness, but it’s actually a strategically designed woodland garden.

The Grounds

The Gardens
BILTMORE WINERY: Stop by the winery for a lesson in wine production and samples, then take home a few bottles of Biltmore’s finest. The winery is a must see (and taste).

LEGACY EXHIBITION: “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” is a very interesting exhibit that contains rare treasures from the Vanderbilt collection and focuses primarily on the lives of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. The collections were obtained during their many trips abroad and give visitors a close-up look into their personalities. Also part of the exhibition is a short film that shares the family story, from the past to modern day. The exhibition can be found in the Antler Hill Village’s Legacy building.

Vanderbilt Exhibition
ANTLER HILL VILLAGE: Here is where you’ll find the Winery, the Vanderbilt exhibit, a shop and a couple places to eat: Cedric’s, the Bistro and the Creamery. Antler Hill Village and the winery are included in the price of your ticket to the Estate, so be sure not to miss out.

Antler Village
Biltmore Winery
THE INN ON BILTMORE ESTATE: There is a fabulous hotel on the grounds here at Biltmore, it’s rated Four Diamonds by AAA and offers guests a luxurious stay on the grounds of Vanderbilts grand estate. It’s pricey – prices range from $199 – $499 a night for their 213 rooms. Includes a fitness center, outdoor pool & hot tub, gift shops, and many outdoor activities to choose from.

The Inn on Biltmore Estate
*Audio Guide (headphones) – $10+admission
*Kids Audio Guide – $10+adm
*Guided 90 min. Tour – $17+adm Book ahead
*Architects Tour – $17+adm Book ahead
*Plus many more specialized types of tours

Hours of operation-  9am – 4:30pm
-ADULTS – $59 (cheaper if you buy ahead) $74 during Xmas time
-SENIORS – $44 (Check for discount offers @ Biltmore.com)
-YOUTH – $29.50 (10-16 yrs) Children under 9 free

A visit to the Biltmore Estate is a chance for you to submerge yourself in the opulence of the Vanderbilt family and to see firsthand what it was like to live in such a way. You will see things here that will blow your mind!

Bring some good, comfortable walking shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking here! You can bring your camera but no pictures are allowed inside the house unfortunately.

If you are in the Asheville area, the Biltmore Estate is a must see.
Have you been to the estate? If so, what was your favorite room, or piece of artwork? Would love to hear from you below in the comments.




 
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Losing My Religion



Karl Wilder 08/19/14 12:54 AM ET

When I was a little boy, I was taught to love Jesus. Jesus would save me from sin and guarantee my place in heaven.

Early on my mother's husband "Bob" gave me a picture of Jesus with a wooden frame. At the time I did not realize that it was a cheap bit of laminated crap. I loved my blond Jesus with a beard who was going to save me from suffering.

Except he didn't. I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming.

I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer. I went to Sunday school. I went to Lutheran grade school, and always I prayed.

"God please make him stop. Please! I will do anything, I will pray more and go to church every day."

I believed harder and harder and harder.

In the first grade, I had access to a large library of books and magazines and a teacher I very much liked. I asked Mrs. Johnson why kids were starving all over the world.

She told me that God wanted to take them home to him to live in heaven so they could eat as much as they wanted.

Not satisfied with the answer I asked the pastor.

"If you have faith you can move mountains, you need to pray for them."

And I prayed.

I shared a bedroom with three brothers and I went into our large closet, sat on the floor and prayed.

I told God how much faith I had and how I believed mountains could move and please, stop the starvation and make Bob love me, and stop.

I listened for the voice of god and prayed every day.

Life did not change.

I was often at the doctor, a slight endocrine disorder was grossly magnified by stress. I was over-treated, over-medicated and as a result often sick. I remember asking Dr. Ulrich if I would die, hoping that I would. I wanted so badly to go to heaven.

It might have been then I was put into therapy. The memories and episodes of abuse tumble all together. I remember in a doctor's session putting the doll of Bob in the oven. I put my eldest brother in as well. He had chosen to align with the abuser and be abusive to me as well.

If I could not die I wanted them dead.

If Jesus did not want me in heaven, I would pray differently. I began to pray that he would take my brother and Bob. Let them live in heaven and I could live on earth with the remainder of my family.

Life did not change.

That is not to say there were not good times. I loved playing cards with my mother and sister and making them laugh. I would do funny voices and do everything I could to bring the mood up.

I adored my grandparents and the families of several of my friends. I liked food and cooking and cookbooks.

So I changed my prayers.

I prayed that I would be sent to live with Grandma and Grandpa. I had faith that would move mountains.

Life did not change.

I then prayed to go live with my Aunt Phyllis. She loved me and my mother would visit and I could be happy. Phyllis died from a brain aneurism soon after.

I tried to believe god wanted her in heaven, but could not understand why he hated me so much.

In Minnesota I had hope with Pastor Schweigert. After a particularly bad episode, I called him and begged for his help. He was a pastor and a good Christian.

He called Bob instead, told him that he was head of the house and that he needed to 'deal with me.'

I was in my basement room. I remember him coming down in a rage and little after that.

My mother would try to intervene. "Bob no, Bob stop, Bob please."

And on it went.

I began to think maybe Jesus was not the answer. I think I was 12 when I went to the library and started reading other religious books. From Enke to Jehovah, I read them all. I began to wonder if anyone had the answers.

I finally read the Bible, cover to cover.

The god that was revealed was a horrific and evil creature. He ordered rape, murder, unborn babies being cut out of the stomach of their mothers.

They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings - Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba - died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho. (Numbers 31:7-18 NLT)

This is god?

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

This is god?

Could the Jews not see they were being deluded into going to war and that leaving cooked meat on the alter meant they were cooking for some guy? I guess being told you are "God's chosen' will make you do anything.

And the contradictions were legion.

There is but one God Deut 6:4 There is a plurality of gods Gen 1:26/ Gen 3:22/ Gen 18:1-3/ 1 John 5:7

The Resurrection story had even more contradictions depending on what chapter you read.

Could it be that it was all written by men who could not get their stories straight?

I read more, I read the 'myths' Mithras and Orsis etc. I discovered that the bulk of the Jesus story was lifted and that his image came from Mithras, a white European god.

I refused my confirmation in the Lutheran Church, I stopped praying and things got better.

I found friends and mentors in school who helped me. Judith James, Roger Franzen, Bob Kuhlman, they all gave me the parenting I needed, the strength to go on. Roger Franzen was a Lutheran paster (no longer) who came out of the closet late in life and had the 'Christian' church he was a part of steal his pension after immediate termination.

My mother filed for divorce.

I was no longer praying and Bob was finally gone.

I went to the judge with my brothers and sister and told him why we wanted NO visitation. It was granted.

Was not praying the answer?

I did have one final prayer. I prayed that I would turn out nothing like Bob. I wanted never to fly into a blind rage and hurt someone. I wanted to learn and travel and be nothing like this evil man.

The prayer was answered.

I answered it myself.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Yahoo 8 Tips to Make You an Expert at Pinterest

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If Facebook is a place to keep up with friends, and Twitter is a place to discuss what’s happening now, Pinterest is where people go to dream of a future filled with delicious casseroles, intricate pillow shams, and idyllic vacation spots.

Perhaps it’s this dreamlike environment that has helped Pinterest grow so quickly. It has more than 70 million users and, according tosome studies, it’s the second-highest traffic-driver to outside websites after Facebook. Its enthusiastic base — an 83 percent female group known as pinners — isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And for good reason! It’s a great resource for shopping, trip planning, interior design ideas, and general visual inspiration. But you may not be using it to its full potential. Below, a list of useful things you might not have known how to do on Pinterest.

1. Pin faster.
Many enthusiastic pinners probably already know that you can add a Pin It button plug-in to whatever browser you’re using to surf the Web. Then, when you find a cool image, you can immediately add it to one of your boards.

But you might not know that this button allows for a wonderful shortcut. Before pressing the Pin It button, highlight a snippet of text you think works as a description. It’ll automatically be populated into the description section of your pin. That way you don’t have to waste time describing it yourself if you don’t want to.

2. Find everything that’s been Pinned from a specific website.
If you’re curious how well-pinned a website is, you can enter that website into the search bar on the upper-left side of the Pinterest site.

Then it will automatically generate all pins from that source. 

3. Keep your Pinterest profile away from Google.
Say you’ve been searching for something embarrassing on Pinterest. Like, I don’t know,post-apocalyptic survival tools. And maybe you don’t want your profile showing up in Google searches. You can hide your account from major search engines by clicking your account name in the upper-right corner of the screen and selecting Settings.

Then scroll down to Search Privacy and toggle the button to say Yes.

At any time, you can go back and make your profile public again.

4. Keep your recent searches from prying eyes.
In the same vein, if you’re casually browsing $5,000 wedding dresses, you probably don’t want your boyfriend of two weeks to see that. If at any time you want to clear your recent searches, go to Settings and click the Clear Recent Searches option. Your history will go bye-bye.

5. Send direct private messages on Pinterest.
Recently, Pinterest added the option to directly message pins to people inside and outside the social network. It works by hovering your mouse over the image you want to send until a Send button appears at the top.

Once you click it, you’ll have the opportunity to attach a personal message, and then you can choose whom to send it to. You can type the name of someone you follow on Pinterest, attempt to find friends via your other social networks, or email the pin. 

The next time you go to send a pin, the people you contacted most recently will auto-populate when you type in the recipient box. So the friends you communicate with most frequently will be just a tab button away.

6. Edit your notifications.
If one of your pins or boards has become so popular (*hairflip*) that you’ve been inundated with an endless stream of notifications, you can quickly adjust who’s pinging you by going to the double thumbtack icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.

From there, you can see who’s interacting with you on the network. But you can also adjust what notifications you see by clicking on the pen icon in the upper-right corner of the box. 

A message will pop up, allowing you to adjust what you’re alerted for. You can then choose whom you get notifications from.

7. Ensure that Pinterest isn’t tracking your online behavior.
This one all depends on how comfortable you are with the Pinterest gods (aka data engineers) having access to your search information at all times. I, personally, want to keep my daily search habits separate from the time I spend on Pinterest dreaming of a prettier apartment. No matter your preference, you can control how much access Pinterest has by going to Settings.

Once you’re there, scroll down to a section called Personalization. This is where you can control whether Pinterest tracks your search history on the Internet.

Pinterest has a whole blog post dedicated to explaining what it actually does with this information, but to make a long story short, Pinterest uses your Web surfing history to recommend pins from the sites you’ve visited. So perhaps you’re contemplating the purchase of a new pair of boots from Anthropologie. You’ve glanced at them a few times online, but you want to think on it. When you log in to Pinterest, chances are those boots will show up in the Recommended Pins section.

In sum, it’s a good way for brands to stalk you even when you’re not on their pages.

That being said, Pinterest stores your search information for a span of only 30 days. So it’s not quite as sketchy as other online social networks that use this info for more nefarious purposes

8. Map your future vacation.
A lot of people use Pinterest to collect images of dream vacations (even if they might not have the cash in the bank for that plane ticket). The Places tool takes this one step further, allowing you to create a board based on a map, search for things based on a location, and automatically add images in their correct geographic spots.

To make a map-based board, go up to the +button at the top of the screen and selectCreate a board.

You’ll then be asked to fill out the basics of your board: its name, description, and so on. At the Add a map? section, toggle Yes.

Your blank slate will then appear in the form of cutesy cartography. You can start pinning things based on their location by selectingAdd a place.

As you start typing in your search, Pinterest will auto-populate image and business results. If you don’t have a specific place in mind, you could always just search for “art museums near San Francisco” or “sandwich places in Noe Valley.”

Once you pin an image, it’ll show up as an adorable red marker right there on the map. You can float your mouse over it to see more.

And that’s how you pin like a pro. Now go and fill your boards with gorgeous beach sunsets and French macarons. I’ll be here staring at my computer, wishing I could physically live on Pinterest.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

21 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Depressed So you’re sad all the time and don’t want to do stuff.It’s actually way more complicated than that.

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1. Most of the things people will say to help you are profoundly and dangerously unhelpful.

Thanks to a plethora of misinformation about what depression actually is, people often seem to think that saying things like "just be happier," "don't be depressed," and "just try harder" are legitimate pieces of advice. They are not.

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2. It physically hurts.

In the human body's least amusing attempt at metaphor, many depressed people report physicalsymptoms like muscle ache, joint pain, and stabbing sensations in the chest. If you are depressed and feeling pain, check with your doctor to discuss possible causes.

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3. Asking for help feels counterintuitive.

One of the many lies depression will tell you is that nobody cares about you, so you won't want to "bother" people by reaching out to them. Fight this lie. Wrestle it to the ground. Punch it in the face. Somebody will listen to you.

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4. Your relationship with food changes to “it’s complicated.”

Whatever moderation there is between "forgetting to eat for a day" and "eating all of the things" just isn't on the menu anymore. Poor eating habits can make depression worse, though, so seek medical help if your diet becomes worrisome for you.

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5. Some “friends” might ditch you (and that is OK).

Some of your so-called friends won't know how to be around you and will vanish in the haze. Let them go and keep doing you. It's the people who stay that will make a difference.

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6. You feel like you are absolutely losing your mind.

Depression is a shape-shifting mental disorder; it co-manifests with panic attacks, compulsive thoughts and habits, social phobia, and any number of other issues. Remember that you are not "crazy." You are sick and you can get better.

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7. Everything will start to annoy you. Even you will start to annoy you.

Irritability is a symptom of depression that doesn't get enough attention. Feeling grumpy is just a part of the process, and you shouldn't be made to feel bad about it.

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8. Everyday tasks will feel overwhelming.

Something as simple as making a bowl of cereal suddenly has too many steps and now you'refrustrated with yourself and oh dear, don't cry...

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9. It’s nearly impossible to tell when it’s just your “depression talking.”

Trying to tell your healthy, rational thoughts apart from the stuff that wouldn't cross your mind if you weren't depressed is like scooping only the pee out of a swimming pool, but being able to tell that differenceis an important step on the road to recovery.

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10. Depression will wreak havoc on your sleep schedule.

You can't sleep when you want to, but when you actually have somewhere to be you get knocked out with a completely unplanned, five-hour nap.

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11. Depression can also mean not feeling anything at all.

If you're depressed it's assumed that you're sad, but depression can also make you feel numb and/or emotionally exhausted. No matter what other people say, that's still depression; if you feel emotionally numb or blank you should report it to your doctor or therapist.

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12. It’s incredibly boring.

Imagine that you can only watch one thing on Netflix, and it's an 80-season show with 24-hour episodes. Imagine that you have no interest in this show or its characters or its plot. When you are depressed, your life might feel like that TV show. Try to distract yourself for brief periods of time with anything that will hold your attention and stave off the boredom, however temporary the distraction is.

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13. You’ll feel guilty.

What's worse than being depressed? Feeling like you're a selfish, ungrateful failure for having a disorder you can't control. This is a common depressive thought, and is not true. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you identify depressive thoughts and emotions (like guilt) and can give you tools to work through these feelings.

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14. Probably because people will tell you things that make you feel judged.

Yes, people are starving. Yes, there are people with "real problems." That doesn't make you any less sick.

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15. Your dreams get weird.

Some studies say that as people move through the stages of their depression, the content and quality of their dreams fluctuate.

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16. Mirrors become your worst enemy.

Low self-esteem is a symptom of depression, so your mirror can remind you of how much you dislike the way you look or who you are. Sometimes it's best to just cover them up for a few days.

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17. Depression will seem like a “logical” state to be in.

Some studies show that depressed people have an unusually realistic worldview, so you might rationalize your depressive thinking ("I am a bad person") as an incontrovertible fact. This is not true, and therapy can help you understand how depression flaws your logic.

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18. So you will earnestly argue with people over how terrible you are.

"I think you're awesome."
"NO YOU DON'T, I'M CLEARLY THE WORST PERSON EVER GO AWAY."

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19. Trying to reenter society after being depressed for a long time is very awkward.

It might be a while before you feel good around peopleagain, so it's OK to take your time and slowly reintroduce yourself into social situations.

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20. You won’t be able to think clearly about your future.

Not only does this nuke your capacity for hope, it also renders meaningless the idea that at some point things will get better. If you feel like this, please take steps to seek medical help or talk to a trusted friend or counselor.

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21. Depression will make you feel that you are alone. You are not alone.

If you need information on depression or want to talk about your depression, you can call the Crisis Call Center at any time of the day. Their national number is 1-800-273-8255 and all calls are free of charge.

If you don't like talking on the phone but still want to be heard, forums like the Reddit boards r/depressionand r/anxiety have strong communities of people who may be working through an illness similar to yours.

For more information on your depression, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has up-to-date research in the field of psychology as well as articles and fact sheets on mental illness.

To find a doctor or support group in your area, try searching on the Healthfinder for nearby support groups or use this GoodTherapy online tool to locate therapists in your area.

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