Depression Homework Activity 2: Finding Order from the Chaos

depression homework

Today’s depression homework activity is about scheduling and routine.  It is a way to find order in the chaos that often becomes our lives when we are depressed. For many people, having a schedule or routine might seem boring or dull.  However, it doesn’t have to be. It can give shape…

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Depression Homework Activity 1: List Your Passions

Dedicate a private notebook/journal to your depression homework.  This can be for your eyes only or it can be something you share with a counsellor or psychologist. Today’s activity is listing your passions.  Passions are the things that ignite the flame within you. Make a list of all the things…

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How to overcome depression

overcoming depression

Someone asked me how to overcome depression.  This was my answer: There are many things you can do to start overcoming clinical depression, and which ones work best for you will depend on your personality: Make a list of all the things that have ever brought you joy. Do one…

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Your Thyroid and Depression

If You Are Depressed: Get Your Thyroid Checked! If you are depressed, make sure you have gotten your thyroid checked.  There is a strong link between the thyroid and depression: sometimes when people are hypothyroid, they become depressed.  Hypothyroid just means your body is not producing enough of the thyroid hormones.…

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Best books on hypnosis

There are a lot of books on hypnosis out there, but there is a wide variation in the quality of the information available in those books.  Some provide the latest hypnotherapy techniques while others are simply a rehash of old and outdated information.  This post will point you in the…

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Clinical hypnotherapy for mental health, etc.

clinical hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy exists on the fringes of modern medicine. There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence that clinical hypnotherapy works well to treat a variety of psychological (and other) disorders. Also, there have been some scientific experiments to prove its validity as a method and the prestigious American Psychological Association…

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Rules of a Fair Fight in Relationships

rules of a fair fight

The rules of a fair fight are essential to a healthy, happy relationship because when we don’t follow them, conflict can become hurtful as well as off-topic and not fruitful.  When there is a clear, open line of communication, conflict is inevitable, and that is actually a good thing (I…

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Are you afraid to open up to your counselor?

opening up to counselor

I recently had a question from a person who was having difficulty opening up to her counsellor.  She could not even look her counselor in the eye and felt she was her counselor’s worst client. Opening up to a stranger can be strange I wonder how many people are in the…

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Grief: How to process the loss of everything from your car keys to your loved ones

processing loss

I wanted to take some time to write about loss because it is pervasive in our lives and yet many people do not stop to acknowledge it or even think about it.  Here, I am not just talking about the big, obvious losses like when a loved one passes away.…

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