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“15 Affirmations for Depression”- from Therese Borchard of Sanity Break

mountain of depressionFor those with clinical depression, every day can seem like a daunting mountain that needs climbing. If you suffer from depression, it is my hope that you can not only climb the mountain daily, but really rejoice when you get to the top. Keeping a list of affirmations on hand like this one from Therese Borchard of Sanity Break can help you make the most of each day.

 

 

 

 

1. You are valued even when you’re not productive.

2. You are loved despite your sadness. Continue reading

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

behavioral therapyCognitive Behavioral Therapy

When I am not spending time with my family and friends, writing blog posts, and finishing my book, I am working in a private practice as a cognitive behavioral therapist. Although there are many different psychotherapy treatment modalities, I find cognitive behavioral therapy to be one of the most helpful to my clients.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence based practice which has proven to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy can be just as effective in treating mild and moderate depression as antidepressant medications. Research also shows that a combination of antidepressant medication and cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective way to treat major depression.

Dialectical behavior therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy) is another one of my favorite treatment practices. I find DBT to be especially helpful for people who have a difficult time with anger management and people who have a difficult time tolerating upsetting emotions and events without acting out in self-destructive ways.

One especially effective approach in cognitive behavioral therapy is getting people to recognize and challenge certain irrational beliefs that do nothing but cause them distress.

Take a look at some common irrational beliefs.

  • I must be perfectly competent to be worthwhile.
  • It is a terrible catastrophe when things are not as they should be.
  • There must always be a right or perfect solution.
  • It is easier to avoid certain difficulties than to face them.
  • It is essential that a I be loved or approved of by everyone.
  • Unhappiness is caused by outside circumstances, and I have no control over it.
  • Dangerous and fearful things should be continually dwelt upon.
  • It is easier to avoid difficulties than to face them.
  • I should be totally dependent on others to take care of all of my needs and make me happy.
  • Past experiences and events are the determinants of present behavior; the influence of the past cannot be eradicated.

*When treating depression and anxiety- avoid looking for the ONE magic cure. Look at the treatment as a combination of things- similar to puzzle pieces. One puzzle piece does not complete the puzzle. It takes many. A combination of things is needed for the treatment of mental health issues as well. Always remember that exercise needs to be part of the formula to feeling better.

If you are interested in learning more about cognitive behavioral therapy check out this link: webmd.com

If you would like to know more about dialectical behavior therapy you may want to check out this link: psychcentral.com

 

10 Questions to Help Depression

downFighting depression is hard! It requires a lot of work. What may seem like a simple task to someone who is not depressed, may be terribly difficult for someone who is.

If you are feeling depressed, ask yourself, “Am I doing everything that I can to decrease my depression?”

If you do not like the way that you are currently feeling, you may need to do something different, no matter how difficult, to get you snowballing in a different direction.

If you answer no to any of the following questions, you may not be doing enough to decrease your depression. Continue reading

Don’t Trust Depression

Doing what depression makes you feel like doing can have you quickly spiraling down hill in a direction that you never intended to go.

Girl Looking Out the Window

Girl Looking Out the Window (Photo credit: madlyinlovewithlife)

You are not depression and depression is not you. But depression can attack you. Depression is a sneaky little character that will change the way you think, feel, and behave. Depression is a parasite that attaches itself to you and attempts to suck the life out of you. Continue reading