Depression

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DIY Psychological Detective Challenge

February 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously written (e.g., here and here) about how people generally understand that their Thoughts/feelings impact their Behaviour But often fail to recognize how their Behaviour impacts their Thoughts/feelings In my experience, even very smart...

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This post is a long one because it contains instructions for one of the most important Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills. You might want to print it – If you click on the blog post...

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How to Measure Your Happiness

January 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously written about how people make mistakes in predicting how happy something will make them (The rate of divorces is a good example of this mis-prediction). Or to put it another way, people make...

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Planning to do at least one thing each day you’ll look forward is an important part of treatment for depression, or for anyone who wants to be happier. On most days your looked forward to...

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10 Tips for When You're Feeling Depressed

December 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

When people start Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment for depression, low self esteem, or stress, they often start to feel better within the first few sessions. (It’s been widely shown in research studies that many people...

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I write a lot on this blog about balanced thinking skills. The following is one easy experiment to try. Step 1: Think about something that causes you worry/anxiety. Pick a specific worry (e.g. how a...

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched an interesting Fora.tv talk by psychology PhD Dr Matt Walker (a Professor at University of California, Berkley). Most of the talk was about how sleep affects learning and...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: What Am I Feeling?

November 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Something EXTREMELY important (and reasonably simple) you can do to improve your psychological health and coping abilities is to improve your ability to correctly identify your negative emotions. Identifying what specific emotions you’re feeling is...

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A couple of months ago I wrote about Julie Powell – the real Julie from the Julie & Julia movie (you can read my earlier post here). Julie’s year long cooking project, and the blog...

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Depression Skills: Self Monitoring

November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) activity that might be useful for people to do as a self help activity. It’s usually used as part of depression treatment but is potentially useful for anyone...

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