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

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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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Depression Treatment Plan: Why am I Depressed?

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Being depressed is frustrating, but there are some concrete steps you can take to help yourself get better. A good depression treatment plan is the key.   There is no blood test for depression, no easy way to “prove” that you are depressed, and sometimes you might even not fully acknowledge …

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CBT Worksheets: Where to find free CBT Handouts

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Both therapists & clients often look for free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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 exercises on CBT …

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Books on CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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This article is about the best books on CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy.  There are many books out there on this topic and some of them are specialized to a particular disorder or set of disorders, but this list aims to be the list of the best books on cognitive behavioral …

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Teenage depression test: How to know when your teenager is depressed

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It can be hard to know whether a teenager is simply feeling “hormonal” or whether they are truly depressed without a teenage depression test.  Counsellors, teachers, and parents may be looking for a way to check whether a teenager’s behaviour qualifies as major depression.  Or you may be a teenager …

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Is Marijuana a Depressant? Is Weed a Depressant?

Many people ask the question, “is marijuana a depressant?” without actually knowing exactly what a “depressant” is.  A “depressant” is a fairly technical medical term that means a drug that slows down the rate that your nerves send signals to each other.  Depressants decrease brain activity in certain parts of …

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Mental Health Resources

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These are mental health resources for therapists and for people suffering from mental health issues.  I will be updating this page as time goes on and I would appreciate your help in making it even better.  Please feel free to suggest the sites that you find most helpful in the …

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Depression Homework Activity 4: Remembering how to play

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Remember,  if you are in crisis, get help immediately.  You may already know how to do that locally.  If not, I have a link here to crisis lines worldwide. Also, if this is your first depression homework exercise that you are doing in this series, please read the brief introduction …

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Cyberbullying: is your teen being cyberbullied?

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Cyberbullying is a growing concern as more children and adolescents worldwide have access to more sophistocated technology.  It is complicated by the fact that often parents and teachers do not truly understand the most recent technology or its devastating potential for causing pain and humiliation to children and adolescents. Cyberbullying …

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Depression Homework Activity 3: The Power of Forgiveness

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Remember,  if you are in crisis, get help immediately.  You may already know how to do that locally.  If not, I have a link here to crisis lines worldwide. Also, if this is your first depression homework exercise that you are doing in this series, please read the brief introduction …

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