Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mood journal conquers depression

Depression. A miserable experience. When mild, it steals your dreams. When severe, it runs you over with stagnancy, painful thoughts, guilt, and shutdown. It's also not just a single emotion. Depression comes in dozens of flavors and intensities, if not hundreds, and can vary from day to day, if not throughout the day.  One minute… Continue reading Mood journal conquers depression

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

100 ways to conquer depression

Often when I see a patient with depression, I show them the List*.  It's just a basic run-through of available treatments for depression.  It takes five separate angles -- biological, psychological, social, systems, and alternative methods -- and pulls them together onto one sheet. But this List is about more than just conquering an illness. … Continue reading 100 ways to conquer depression

Mood and anxiety · Therapy · Uncategorized

Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." -- Oprah Winfrey Cognitive therapy (CT) is a powerful technique therapists use to help their clients deal with life's tougher moments.  It's used worldwide to help individuals overcome psychiatric problems like phobias, depression, anxiety, personality disorders,… Continue reading Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mindfulness to the rescue

Do you ever race through life, struggling to keep up?  It’s about that alarm clock going off in the mornings, a quick jump in the shower, an even quicker rush through breakfast, and the oh-so-disturbing traffic on your way to work when you’re running late.  It’s that busy busy-ness that pushes you through the day,… Continue reading Mindfulness to the rescue

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Dealing with depression

Depression takes away energy, hope, and motivation to do things, making it hard to get out of bed in the morning, never mind cope with the pervasive sadness and loss of interest in life that comes along with it.  At times it seems hopeless.  Despite this, you have more control over depression than you realize. … Continue reading Dealing with depression

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Therapy · Uncategorized

What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think

This article is written for people who are too overwhelmed, sick, numb, or lost in depression to sort out their thoughts.  I say "thoughts" because a lot of therapies for depression require a person to examine and rearrange their "cognitions."  But what happens when mood gets so bad you barely have the energy to get… Continue reading What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think

Medications · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Medications for Depression

Antidepressants are used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.  They don’t cure depression, but they’re very effective at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.  Sometimes the first antidepressant you take will work just fine, but if it doesn’t reduce your symptoms or it causes side effects that bother you,… Continue reading Medications for Depression

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also called manic depressive disorder, is a mental illness that produces unusual extremes of emotion.  These mood states are severe enough to cause problems in the sufferer’s life.  Read on for more information. Does having mood swings mean you have bipolar disorder?  Not necessarily. We all have natural fluctuations in our mood.  There’ll… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · self-esteem · Uncategorized

How to build self-esteem

Many people feel bad about themselves at times.  Self-esteem is a complicated entity, influenced by many factors, including morality, spiritual beliefs, the approval of family and friends, environment, childhood experiences, and general sense of well-being.  Negative life events, physical illness, problematic relationships, and loss of control can all undermine self-esteem. If you believe you suffer… Continue reading How to build self-esteem

Coping skills & self-soothing · Guilt · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Overcoming Guilt

Guilt is about feeling bad, even disliking ourselves, over something we did or didn’t do in the past.  Guilt can be normal: the fact that we feel it proves that we have compassion for others.  At the same time, guilt can become so toxic and destructive that it overwhelms, and that's when it’s time to… Continue reading Overcoming Guilt