ICD-10 Depression Symptoms | DSM-5 Depression Symptoms | Comparison of DSM-5 and ICD-10 Depression Criteria

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What are the diagnostic criteria for depression?  In other words, what are the “official” depression symptoms?  There are two main diagnostic tools for depression.  One is extremely prevalent in North America and is called the DSM-5.  The other is international and is called the ICD-10.  (More on those below.)  Although the …

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Books about depression – the 10 Best books on overcoming depression

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What is Bibliotherapy? One of the best ways to overcome depression is to read books about depression.  This article provides a list of some of the best books on overcoming depression.  Reading self-help books about depression as part of your therapy is called “bibliotherapy,” which is just therapy that comes …

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List of CBT techniques – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques

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Several people have asked for a comprehensive list of CBT techniques.  What is CBT in psychology?  CBT techniques refers to cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.  CBT is a very popular form of therapy because it has been proven effective for a large number of people suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental …

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Mental Health Resources for therapists and clients

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Mental Health Resources These are mental health resources for therapists and for people suffering from mental health issues.  These mental health resources include phone numbers, online programs and apps, worksheets, self-care resources, videos, blogs of people who suffer from mental illness, and other valuable mental health resources. My goal in …

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The Guest House poem: A Mindfulness Poem

The following poem, “The Guest House,” by Rumi is often quoted by mindfulness teachers because it gets at the core of the meaning behind being mindful: being peaceful with all of our emotions, whether positive or negative.  “The Guest House” poem by Rumi, although extremely relevant to our lives today …

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Am I Depressed Quiz: depression test

Am I depressed test Are you depressed?  Sometimes, it is hard to know if what you are experiencing is depression or just sadness or something else entirely, especially if you are not exactly sure what depression is.  This “Am I depressed Quiz” is not a substitute for medical advice, but …

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151 Self-Care Ideas – the Best Self-Care Tips

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The best self-care ideas… The best self-care ideas are self-care activities that resonate with you on a personal level. The best way to come up with a complete self care plan is to make a list of all the things you enjoy doing best for self care. However, many of …

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Do I have depression? – Causes of depression – How to deal with depression

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Do I have depression? Maybe lately you haven’t been feeling well and might be wondering, “Am I depressed?” but you are not sure.  And if you are depressed, you don’t know why or what type of depression treatment plan you should follow.  This article provides a depression test so that you …

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Self care blog: How to take care of yourself from the inside out


This is the first of several self care blog posts.  This one focuses on general aspects of self care that apply to everyone. You might have been told that you need to take better care of yourself, but advice like that can seem pretty useless if you have no clue how …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Exercises and CBT Worksheets: Where to find free CBT Handouts

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Both therapists & clients often look for free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy exercises – CBT worksheets – to complete as cognitive behavioral therapy exercises between therapy sessions as well as tools to discover underlying thoughts.  CBT activities can take many forms, but some of the best CBT interventions are cognitive behavioral therapy …

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