Taking the Wheel: How to Gain Control Over Your Depression

Kick Depression out of the Driver’s Seat

What has depression done for you lately?Driving image

This might seem like a silly question. But the answer is, probably a lot! The truth is, our emotions do a lot for us. They motivate our behavior and signal us, and others around us, to respond in certain ways. This is helpful in many ways, like when we need to jump out of the way of something coming towards us or take a bit of time to nurture ourselves after a sad event. Continue reading

What We DO Matters: The Link Between Behavior and Mood

What We DO Matters to Our Mood!running man

The impact of depression on ones abilities is significant. In the US, depression is the leading cause of disability for adults (ADAA). The symptoms of depression themselves, including decreased motivation and fatigue, make it difficult to feel better or do the things we need to do. The good news is that what we DO (our behaviors) actually matters more than we may think.

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A Bad Day…Or Something Else?

A Bad Day…Or Something Else?rainy_afternoon

Have you ever had a bad day? You know, a nothing feels good, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, glass half empty kind of day? We’ve all be there, right? Most of the time, a bad day is just that: a day…or a few at most…and then we are back on our feet and feeling like ourselves again. But what if you aren’t? Could it be something more? Could it be depression? Let’s take a look at how to tell the difference between a bad day and major depression. Continue reading

Coping with Unwanted Thoughts

Coping with Unwanted ThoughtsThought bubbles

Has anyone ever given you the advice “just don’t think about it,” when you share worries, fears or concerns? For most worriers this advice can feel defeating and near impossible. While the advice may be well meaning, the truth is that “just not thinking about something” is not only ineffective, the act of trying to avoid thinking about something can actually make you think about it more! Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapies offer several effective techniques that can help you manage these unwanted thoughts. Continue reading

Real Threat or False Alarm: Understanding the Nature of Anxiety

Real Threat or False Alarm: Understanding the Nature of Anxiety

Real threat or false alarm?

  • Have you ever felt anxious “for no reason?”
  • Do you worry something bad might happen?
  • Are you anxious about getting anxious?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have experienced an anxiety “false alarm.” Read on to find out more about these errors and to learn the first step in stopping them from sending you into a panic. Continue reading