9 Unexpected Health Benefits of Gratitude Practice

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Health Benefits of Gratitude Practice What, if any, are the health benefits of gratitude practice?  Many religions and philosophies teach us that we should develop an attitude of gratitude.  However, for many, this idea that we should develop an attitude of gratitude is nothing but a platitude.  It can be…

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Best supplements for depression – foods that help with depression 

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Best supplements for depression What are the best supplements for depression and what are some foods that help with depression?  Or, rather, what is the best diet and/or supplements to prevent or lessen the impact of depression?  There is a wealth of scientific information linking poor nutritional intake to depression. There are…

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Your guide to mindfulness based stress reduction – What is MBSR?

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What is mindfulness based stress reduction?  What is MBSR? Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness based stress reduction program, also known as MBSR, is an education and training program that helps people with pain, illness, stress, psychological, and emotional problems.  Mindfulness based stress reduction training teaches mindfulness, a new way to relate to…

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The Ultimate List of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques

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CBT Techniques Several people have asked for a comprehensive list of CBT techniques.  What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in psychology?  CBT techniques actually refers to cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a very popular form of therapy because it has been proven effective for a large number…

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Best books about depression – the 12 Best books on overcoming depression

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12 Best books on overcoming depression: What is bibliotherapy? One of the best ways to overcome depression and work on your emotional health is to read good books about depression.  This article provides a list of some of the best books about depression.  Reading self-help books about depression as part…

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Depression test for teens – Teenage depression rates are almost double those of adults

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Depression test for teens: It is important to know whether your teen is depressed (or, if you are a teen, whether you are depressed) and therefore it is useful to have a depression test for teens.  It is an alarming fact that teenage depression rates are almost double those of…

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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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Am I Depressed Quiz: depression test

Am I depressed quiz 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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How to deal with depression alone – Do I have depression? – Causes of depression

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How to deal with depression alone: Many people wonder how to deal with depression alone or what to do when depressed.  You might be suffering from severe depression or you might be asking yourself, “Do I have depression?” Or you might be helping someone with depression.  Knowing how to deal…

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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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