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We All Could Use A Hug

Photo taken by a mother who primarily struggles with depression, but also deals with increasing social anxiety and panic attacks.

About this photo: “My depression has left me homebound majority of the time. Leaving feels impossible most days, but I have a toddler, so I have to force myself out whenever possible, even if it means medicating and isolating. On the plus side, it is so wonderful to see her out and about. She is so bright and effervescent. So friendly with kids often three times her age. Witnessing moments like this, my little one hugging another little girl, I find to be so beautiful and inspiring. It definitely makes me want to be able to get out more, reconnect with people who the depression made me push away, and definitely makes me want a hug!”

I think we all need a good hug once in a while. : )


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13 comments on “We All Could Use A Hug

  1. Nancy
    August 21, 2012

    Incredibly touching.


  2. missdelight
    August 21, 2012

    People who suffer from Depression know how bad the day to day struggles can be. How simply things like just getting out of bed are a fight. I really liked this entry a lot. It made me remind myself I am not alone.


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  4. southinkuknowme
    August 21, 2012

    I hope that woman is doing well. I can relate for many reasons. I send her a “cyber hug”, because as you say – we all need one every once in while. Even from strangers.


  5. theacrimoniousphysicist
    August 21, 2012

    The worst feeling is feeling like you’ve pushed everyone away, and that there’s no one out there who wants to give you a hug, but the best is when someone sees past it and gives you one. I send you all an internet hug.


  6. Mitch Elder
    August 22, 2012

    Very cute.


  7. Home Inventory London
    August 22, 2012

    Oh this photo is adorable! And the woman is right that everyone needs a hug but not once in a while – every day!


  8. thehappyhugger
    August 22, 2012

    *here’s a huge hug for you*


  9. Scriptor Obscura
    August 22, 2012

    This post and this lovely photo, so sweet!, reminded me of these songs here. I hope that you enjoy them, and that they will put a smile onto all of your faces:


  10. Maria Fitzgerald
    August 23, 2012

    Great post. Thank you.


  11. Syncopated Eyeball
    August 24, 2012

    I like this image very much and the written statement too. Did me good! Thank you.


  12. ssrijana
    August 26, 2012

    yes we all need hugs…lovely post


  13. The Lioness
    August 28, 2012

    Hugs work wonders. I just posted a pic of a sculpture of 2 stone figures hugging on one of my blogs, Cardtales By The Lioness (
    The picture of your daughter making friends is priceless. I hope you are feeling good and keep being involved!
    The Lioness


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