If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, you’re probably familiar with the sudden mood swings. One day you’re happy and content, the next you feel like the world is crashing down on you for no apparent reason. And, no, this does not make you crazy. This is something that everybody who struggles with depression encounters. Depression is a serious mental illness that should be treated by a professional, but there are also many strategies you can implement yourself in order to manage your moods.
Depression is an incredibly difficult disease to navigate. It can leave you feeling isolated and alone even when you’re surrounded by the people you love the most. Unfortunately, many people (loved ones included) without a history of depression are unable to empathize with the disease; their only comparison is the feeling of sadness. While [...]
CBT is effective in treating mental illnesses including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and addiction. The reason it’s so successful is multi-faceted. For starters, it is a very goal-centered approach. In therapy, we begin by addressing which behaviors you are engaging in and setting goals to counter those behaviors in order to change your life. From there we can fill in the missing blanks. These blanks include the negative thought patterns that led to your behaviors, what those behaviors do for you, and how they are impacting your life.
One definition of mindfulness is, “The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are, and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Sounds simple right? The definition itself includes the word “basic”… so why is mindfulness such a difficult concept for some of us to comprehend and engage in?
With over three million U.S. cases per year, depression is one of the most well known mental health disorders. But how much do you REALLY understand about depression? You’re probably aware of some of its symptoms: prolonged feelings of extreme sadness, low energy levels, and a lack of self-esteem, just to name a few. But depression is a complex disorder with a slew of multifaceted approaches. Because of its complex nature, the first step to overcoming depression is to fully understand it.
Depression is more than experiencing a bout of sadness. It’s more than having a bad day, being bummed out or a little moody. Depression is a serious mental health disorder that, according to experts, “affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.”