What can I do that might help with feeling depressed?

It has been a little over six months since my mom suddenly passed away after 7 years of being sick with an illness she was supposed to be able to live with. It seems like things should be getting better by now but they are not getting any better. It has been really hard to focus in school and I am always tired. It just feels so pointless sometimes. I feel sad and depressed often, and usually without a known reason.

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Triggers

There are going to be conversation topics, movies, words, songs, scents, items, and places that bring you back to the time when your parent died. These things can suddenly bring you back to a day, a week or just a moment. Whenever I smell strong cleaning products, I go back to that Tuesday night in the ICU room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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How am I supposed to calm down, quiet my mind, and focus?

Losing a parent is a very traumatizing situation; afterwards many children begin to form new and different fears, which can result in many types of anxiety (nightmares, not being able to focus, anger, etc.). What is a good way of calming oneself down when he or she is feeling apprehensive, or feeling unable to achieve common, everyday tasks such as sleeping and focusing?

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How To Get Lipstick off Your Face

At your parent’s memorial service or times that follow, there will most likely be a fair amount of strange old ladies wearing far too much lipstick who'll want to give you the big ole smooch. Unfortunately, there's a chance that you won't know these lovely old ladies. That's too bad for you; they'll kiss you anyway! You'll wind up with an array of pink and red lip marks sprinkled on your face, but fortunately, I have found several effective ways to clean such lipstick splotches of love off your face:

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