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depression

A Psychologist’s Approach for Treatment of Depression

As a cognitive behavioral psychologist, I view most depressions as the result of negative or maladaptive thinking. However, whenever someone is referred for depression, I always take a full history and do a comprehensive evaluation to determine the type of depression and how...
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COGNITIVE THERAPY AND THE PLACEBO EFFECT

Cognitive Therapy and The Placebo Effect The recent CBS 60 minutes episode on “The Placebo Effect” sent shockwaves through the mental health community from cognitive therapy through psychiatry as Harvard researcher, Dr. Irving Kirsch, discussed his research on the placebo effect....
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COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOR THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF DEPRESSION

The lead article of the Journal, Depression and Anxiety summarized the major research studies of the treatment of depression by medication and cognitive and related therapy approaches. Here are some of the conclusions: 1.Half of the patients with major depression disorder derive...
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Treating Depression Without Drugs

Treating depression without drugs has become an increased reason individuals with depression are seeking counseling and psychotherapy in light of many unwanted side effects associated with anti depressant medications. More bad news for drug companies as lawyers have apparently...
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Overcoming Perfectionism

Overcoming perfectionism can help you live a happier and more productive life. Perfectionsim is the greatest stopper there is…. It’s your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.” Perfectionists are highly self critical and are...
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Emotional Perspective – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

As I write this blog, it’s one hour before I will be attending a funeral of an 18 year old girl who was killed in a car crash. I knew this sweet angel for many years and at one time, was very close to her and her family. I cannot imagine the grief, pain and suffering they are...
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Bi-Polar Disorder

I received a phone inquiry recently from a mother concerning her adult son. Apparently, he has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and has had numerous problems with school, drugs and the law as a result. He was put on medication but has stopped taking it and has refused any...
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of depression is rapidly becoming the gold standard.Depression impacts the lives of millions of people. Many individuals never seek treatment while others struggle to find relief through illegal drugs, abusing prescription drug...
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Coping with Loss

Coping with Loss, particularly when it involves the death of a family member or friend is tough. I learned last week that Dr. Gerry Elmore, a caring, compassionate and skilled chiropractor I had gone to a number of times over the years had lost his battle with cancer after...
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Coping with Depression

Depression is a major mental health problem and strategies for coping with depression abound. There are a great many causes of depression and the seriousness of depression can vary from mild to severe. For milder forms of depression, I am a big fan of incorporating natural...
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