Insight - A Blog for the Critical Consumer of Psychotherapy

15 Proven Ways to Fight Depression (A Complete Self-Help Guide)

Are you or someone you know depressed? Not to worry... In this comprehensive, yet simple and practical, self-help guide, I will give you an overview of fifteen of the most effective techniques psychologists use to help their clients overcome depression. Let's go through each technique one at a time: 1. Get Active: When we become…
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What is Your Depression Telling You?

In my many years of experience as a psychologist and a psychotherapist, I have seen exceptionally few clients for whom depression was simply a disorder of the brain. In the vast majority of cases, once a person begins to examine their feelings and their life more closely, they discover that their depression has a meaning…
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What Is the Difference between Sadness and Depression?

It may come as a surprise to some, but sadness and depression are not the same. It would be easy to mistake the two if we simply listen to how people generally talk about their feelings when they are having a bad day or feeling down for some reason. Most people tend to use the…
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Low Self-Esteem and the Flight from Self

Many people in our society live lives that are not fully their own. They try to become their ideal self - an image of who they SHOULD be - rather than to be who they truly are. Although there is nothing wrong with striving to be better at something, sometimes these strivings secretly function as…
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The Myth of Major Depression: Why Depression is Not an Illness

The Rise of Major Depressive Disorder It has become common nowadays to think of depression as a medical condition. If you visit your general health practitioner, she might ask a few questions about your energy level, appetite, sleep, and mood and, if you answer these questions in a particular way, ┬átell you that you have…
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