If there's a conversation killer in depression support groups its when someone says, "Its Chemical". What they mean is that their condition is genetically and biologically caused and there's nothing that they can do. Hope goes out the window. While it's true genetics play a role in susceptibility to mental illness, it's not the whole story. Genetic research tells us that our genes interact with our experience and express themselves differently for different people at different times. Go to National Institute for Mental Health for more information. Hope is always within your reach!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In our most recent Quick Boost poll we participants about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We asked about it because there is a tremendous amount of research that shows that it is very effective for treating depression. It has been made popular by a number of helpful books, not the least of these is Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns an psychiatrist.
The biggest response to our poll was "I don’t know what CBT is". A third of our respondents choose this. This is very sad because this is such an important technique for therapy and for self-study. Countless hours of therapy and personal work might be wasted by depressed people because they don't know about CBT.
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