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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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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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.  You might be suffering from severe depression or you might be asking yourself, “Do I have depression?” Knowing how to deal with severe depression is not something obvious.  Although you might want to know how…

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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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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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Depression Homework Activity 2: Finding Order from the Chaos

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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

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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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