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Cognitive psychology has shown us that the more we retrieve a memory (talk about it) the longer that memory lasts. If we want to feel good in the future, perhaps we should practice encouraging ourselves to talk about positive experiences today. If we do, we could eventually write a very different kind of autobiography. What kind of story about yourself are you reinforcing today?

By India Court MacWeeney
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Causes of Depression

It was surprising to see how people responded to our question about the biggest cause of their depression. In my experience it seems popular for individuals to say that their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in their brains. The largest number of our respondents in our poll said that trauma, death of a loved one or stress brought it on.

Trauma is indeed a cause of depression. The most severe version of can be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stress or anxiety can lead to depression because of the dysfunctional or distorted thinking that often accompanies both.   Read More »
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