Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Depression Triggers – And What to Do

This article, posted at the blog care2 [make a difference], lists common depression triggers and what to do about them. Most are obvious and stark — divorce, job loss, death of a loved one — but these more extreme situations can be closely analogized to less dramatic episodes in your life that likewise make you […]

It’s Not THAT Depressing

Christine Stapleton, over at the Psychology Central blog, hypothesizes from various undisclosed data that 88 percent of the US population either will suffer from a major depression, has alcoholism, or is “profoundly affected” by someone who is suffering from alcoholism or depression. Problem is, those numbers don’t seem to be based in reality. 1. There […]

“Be Sad and Succeed”? Not Really

I like Scientific American.  It is an educational read.  But I take issue with one of its recent headlines:  Be Sad and Succeed!  I’m interested in the studies mentioned, but this title cannot state a medically defensible conclusion.

Lawyers – Built and Bred for Depression

Why, on a blog about life’s best practices, did my last post address depression? Depressive cognitive distortions are mind challenges that everyone faces from time to time.  Some of us resiliently address those symptoms.  Others do not, and suffer extended and deep depressions.  These cognitive distortions are a basic part of the mind’s function – […]

The Ten Major Distortions of Depression

When we feel depressed, our brains adopt well-worn “cognitive distortions.”  David Burns, one of the leaders in cognitive therapy, writes in his best-selling book, Feeling Good (on pages 32-43), that there are ten common thought patterns that cause or perpetuate depressions.  Here are the big ten: 1. “All-or Nothing Thinking.”  This is a “tendency to […]

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