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April 6, 2009

'Depression bloggers': Going online for their mental health

Posted: 11:07 PM ET
By Justin Piehowski/minnpost.com

For years, doctors have suggested that patients struggling with depression turn to journals to write about their feelings...[consider] the Web as a 21st century version of a diary that many of us kept under our pillow. The difference, of course, is that this it is wide-open for the world to read.

"It is definitely becoming trend," said Dr. John M. Grohol, founder of PsychCentral.com, who has rated the "Top 10 depression blogs."

Grohol started the first large-scaleonline mental health self-help support community and social network in 1996 and helped bring one of the first online therapy clinics to popularity in 2000.

Writing about very personal experiences and feelings has always drawn readers on the Web. Celebrated blogger Heather Armstrong — she has been called the most popular personal blogger on the Internet — takes this approach at Dooce.com and recently published her memoir, "It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita,"

Grohol said that blogging can be a healthy form of expression because it mimics the therapy process in some ways.

People are able to receive feedback and support on their feelings through comments, much like a therapist would offer a patient. And just like advice from a therapist, bloggers will often tune into the comments that feel right to them and reject the ones that don't.

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joey   April 7th, 2009 4:36 am ET

WONDERFUL, blog away if this is away for people to let out their frustration about the economy then by all means please do so this can help prevent someone from commiting mass killings or killing their entire family because of the stress they are going through so blog blog away and have fun doing it.

and hey who needs a diary when it's more fun to spill your juicy details about your life to someone who you may never meet and to some one who knows nothing about you or where you live so hay spill the beans i'll read it. plus it's fun blogging their are benefits such as improving your typing skills, you become a speed typer after a while, and you become more familiar with the internet for you may have to go to other sites to link with someone. look i could go on and on but i won't
so just have fun and be safe.


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