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Writing Your Way to Well-Being, and Other News

January 23, 2015

The healing power of the pen is increasingly playing a role in therapy, support groups, and psychiatric hospitals. A number of studies, for instance, have found that writing can help improve symptoms of depression. The New York Times recently highlighted a number of studies suggesting that the healing powers of writing cannot be overestimated. In one study, for instance, African-American students who had trouble adjusting... Read More


Childhood Trauma Left Me Feeling Worthless and Depressed

January 23, 2015

Thank you for your question. Boy, oh boy were you put through the wringer. My heart ached to read of your experiences. I suppose the short version of my answer would be to see a therapist soon as you can, if only for the reason that you mention suicidality from your teens and depression today. This is not to be alarmist, but depression is something you don’t want to go unaddressed for long, more a sign of trauma than... Read More

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With Depression, the Wounds You Can’t See Cut the Deepest

January 20, 2015

I recently spent four days in the hospital recovering from surgery. I have a pretty large incision that’s visibly healing well. But the cut is not where the greatest damage is. Most of what was cut and stitched and cauterized is completely beneath the surface. They’re my invisible wounds. And when my doctor forbids me from lifting things, it’s not the visible cut she’s worried about—it’s the internal damage. The... Read More

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Homework that Helps: Using CBT Workbooks to Reduce Anger

January 17, 2015

Editor’s note: Tempus Bell is a continuing contributor to the Share Your Story feature on The Good Therapy Blog. Tempus Bell’s previous article is Stigma: Come at Me, If You Can! Just the other day I made a choice to stop going to a therapist that I haven’t seen in over three months. I stopped going to this therapist because they told me when I called to make a scheduled appointment that they were going... Read More

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Depression Could Be an Allergic Reaction, and Other News

January 16, 2015

A recent Guardian article highlights the mounting evidence that at least some forms of depression could be due not to an imbalance in brain chemistry, but to an allergic reaction. Some doctors believe that depression could be caused by inflammation in the body. Research suggests that cytokines—chemicals associated with inflammation—increase among people experiencing depression. Even stranger, a vaccine that temporarily... Read More

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When Sadness and Grief Take the Joy Out of the Holidays

December 19, 2014

This time of year is overflowing with bright lights, holiday parties, and a lot of hustle and bustle. Not everyone is joyous or excited about the season, however. Whether it is due to the cold and darkness of winter, a recent job loss or unemployment, the end of a relationship, or the death of a loved one, there are many reasons people struggle at this time of year. One of the most difficult things about grief and sadness... Read More

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression? Yes and No

December 14, 2014

Depression can make people feel like a dark cloud hovers over them, while the sun shines brightly on the rest of the world. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, major depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults each year, and as many as 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents experiences clinical depression. When people feel like they don’t have the strength to pull themselves... Read More

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Mindfulness Training as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

December 1, 2014

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been regarded as the gold standard for gaining quick relief from the despair depression brings. According to a new Swedish study, though, mindfulness-based group treatment could be just as effective at combating depression as individual CBT. Mindfulness for Depression Researchers evaluated a total of 215 people with depression at 16 health care centers in Skane, Sweden. After... Read More

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Adam Lanza’s Mental Health Care Inadequate, and Other News

November 28, 2014

When Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the tragedy sparked a national discussion about mental health. According to a new report issued by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, Adam Lanza’s mental health problems were left entirely untreated in the years leading up to the shooting. The report argues that Lanza’s mother, who was... Read More

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#WinterWellness Twitter Chat Scheduled for December 11

November 26, 2014

GoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat for the second time on December 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific. The theme of the December 11 discussion will be mental health concerns that accompany the holiday season, and we will be tweeting with the hashtag #WinterWellness. All are welcome to join! Follow us on Twitter @good_therapy and use #WinterWellness to watch the discussion and add your thoughts. We will be asking... Read More

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Stigma: Come at Me, If You Can!

November 23, 2014

Mental illness stigma is out of control. In past years we have been to Iraq; businesses have been bailed out; crazy oil spills have destroyed underwater life; people are just now waking up to climate change … and we have yet to really discuss mental illnesses or mental health on a broad scale. It’s the saying that everyone knows, but no one wants to admit: out of sight, out of mind. Is this really true, though? How... Read More

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If You Want to Manage Your Pain, Manage Your Thoughts

November 19, 2014

For people challenged with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other invisible issues, managing pain is a priority. Issues such as these generally do not have outward indicators, such as the use of a wheelchair or bandages. They present with symptoms of widespread musculoskeletal pain, problems with sleep, fatigue, weakness, and memory or mood issues. Although science hasn’t uncovered every link between chronic... Read More

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Can Depression Be Cured without Medication?

November 17, 2014

“Can I recover from depression without antidepressants?” This is a question that many people ask me. They search the web, talk to their doctors, and seek alternative treatments, hoping that they can recover “on their own.” The answer to this question is both simple and very complicated. It often depends on the severity and persistence of depressive symptoms. Few people, in my experience, recover spontaneously... Read More

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Video: ‘Kitten Therapy’ Is Heartwarming, Cute, and Effective

November 11, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to escape the misery of a stressful day by looking at photos of adorable animals, you’re not just procrastinating. In fact, animals offer myriad mental health benefits, so those hilarious photos of ironic cats and clueless dogs you love searching for just might be part of the recipe for a happier life. To demonstrate the stress-relieving effects of interacting with an animal, SoulPancake developed the... Read More

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