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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151 Self Care ideas to increase mindfulness and avoid burnout

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151 Self Care ideas to increase mindfulness and avoid burnout 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…

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9 Assertiveness Techniques to use in any situation

9 Assertiveness Techniques It is important to be able to stand up for yourself using assertiveness techniques.  In my first article about assertiveness, I explained what assertiveness is and the difference between assertiveness and aggression.  In this article, I will expand on that and provide some specific assertiveness techniques and…

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What is the Assertive Response? – Assertive communication examples

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What is the Assertive Response? – Assertive communication examples Assertiveness is one of my favorite topics because it offers a very concrete set of tools, which I will explain in this and other articles.  The exciting part about assertiveness is that once you truly master it, it will improve your…

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How to handle arguments in a relationship

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Knowing how to handle arguments in a relationship is essential to a healthy, happy relationship. When we don’t have this knowledge of conflict resolution in relationships, arguments can become hurtful and trust in a relationship can begin to break down.  Even when there is a clear, open line of communication,…

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What is mindfulness in plain English?

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What is mindfulness in plain English? A lot of people talk about mindfulness, but often people are not clear on what mindfulness is or is not.  People have asked me, “What is mindfulness in plain English?” There is even a book by that title: The concept of mindfulness is quite…

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5 Unexpected Benefits of Addiction Treatment

5 Unexpected Benefits of Addiction Treatment Author: Kelly Fitzgerald Many people enter addiction treatment without knowing what to expect. They may be at the end of their rope, in mental and physical pain, devoid of hope or the energy to make it another day. A common misconception about addiction treatment…

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Motivational books to help you through depression and an existential crisis

Originally, I answered this question on Quora: “What are some motivational books to help you through depressiom and an existential crisis?” I have already written about the following (just click to read about them): Books about depression  Cognitive behavioral therapy books However, in terms of a book about depression that…

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Is Marijuana a Depressant? Is Weed a Depressant?

Is Marijuana a depressant? Many people ask the question, “Is marijuana a depressant?” without actually knowing exactly what a “depressant” is.  So, what is a depressant?  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…

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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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