There are many myths about Depression, such as:
Its all in your head
People with mental illness are weak and vulnerable
A tragic event is the main reason for depression
People with depression can not lead normal lives
It’s been found that depression is not simply because of lack of love, attention, or the absence of care. Its an imbalance in your brain, and its common for you and/or people you care about to experience these thoughts and feelings. You are resilient, strong, and have the right to your feelings.
Depression looks different in different people, and can span across a spectrum of people.
You may wonder: Why do I feel this way? Everything in my life is great! I'm not normal since I feel so depressed.
My life is falling apart, how do I get out of the hole? Maybe there is no way out, I'm all alone in this.
I feel so disconnect from my life, nothing I do helps me feel better at all, why do I even bother?
Therapy goals for depression
Identify cognitive self talk that encourages depressive behavior.
Keep a daily record of dysfunctional thinking patterns, including each situation associated with depressed feelings and the thoughts or ideas that triggered those feelings.
Encourage the replacement of negative and self-defeating self-talk with realistic and positive cognitive messages.
Encourage positive statements regarding self and ability to cope with stresses of life.
Verbalize positive statements regarding the future.
Implement behavioral strategies to overcome depression. (i.e. exercise, healthy eating habits, daily grooming, social activities, etc.)
Express and verbalize unresolved grief issues that may be contributing to depression.
Assign reading books on overcoming depression.
Teach positive conflict resolution skills to resolve interpersonal discord and to make needs and expectations known. Through the use of Interpersonal effectiveness skills
Reduce frequency of negative self-talk and increase frequency of positive self-statements.
take the first step and welcome valuable help into your lifE.
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