Environmental Causes of Depression

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Environmental causes of depression are concerned with factors that are outside of ourselves. They are not directly related to brain function, inherited traits from parents, medical illnesses, or anything else that may take place within us. Instead, environmental events are those things that happen in the course of our everyday lives. These may include situations such as prolonged stress at home or work, coping with the loss of a loved one, or traumatic events. Sometimes researchers refer to these as sociological or psychosocial factors since they bring together events that happen out in society with the inner workings of a person’s mind.

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Are You In Control of Your Destiny?

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Locus of control refers to the extent to which people feel that they have control over the events that influence their lives. When you are dealing with a challenge in your life, do you feel that you have control over the outcome?  Or do you believe that you are simply at the hands of outside forces?

If you believe that you have control over what happens, then you have what psychologists refer to as an internal locus of control.

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Which Therapy is Best for Depression?

 

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Whatever the therapy happens to be called, therapy for depression must incorporate the following elements:

  1. A therapist who has an up-to-date and accurate clinical understanding of what depression is. (You can check this by learning yourself through the Depression Learning Path.
  2. A therapy which is time-limited, active and focused on learning skills, not personality change.
  3. There should be a significant improvement in symptoms within 6 sessions, and usually earlier.
  4. A therapist who you feel you can work with.

There are well over 400 different types of psychotherapy on offer for clinical depression. This can be confusing to say the least. Continue reading “Which Therapy is Best for Depression?”

Psychotherapy Guide for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The Talking Cure”

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Psychotherapy is a popular form of treatment for generalized anxiety disorder(GAD). This type of treatment can be performed by a variety of mental health professionals. Though “talk therapies” share a number of features, different approaches are guided by differing theories and emphases.

Individuals with full-syndrome and sub-threshold GAD are likely to benefit from psychotherapy, which can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction withmedication.

The following is a brief description of the most popular talk therapy treatment methods for GAD.

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Why You Always Wake Up at the Same Time

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Have you ever wondered why you seem to wake up at nearly the same time every night or in the morning? Whether it is at 3 am, 4 am, 5 am, or another time—it occurs like clockwork. You might even wake up in the minute before your alarm clock is set to go off on a consistent basis. Why does this occur? Though some might ascribe this to causes that are paranormal, spiritual, or even related to shifts in the body’s energy systems, there may be more scientific explanations.

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How to Use Positive Affirmations to Manage Stress

 

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Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. The idea is to take positive statements of what you would like to see manifested and repeat them enough so that they’re part of your way of thinking and seeing the world. This operates in the same way that negative self-talk does, but in a way that benefits you. To come up with your own positive affirmations, use the following guidelines:

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