Click on almost any standard health site, such as Web-MD, and look up “depression” and it will report that depression is different than normal sadness. The site will normally proceed to proclaim that, unlike normal sadness, depression is a "treatable medical condition." Unfortunately, differentiating depression from sadness by describing the former as “a treatable medical condition” does not really explain what depression is; it only tells you that you need to see a doctor. So, let’s be very clear about what depression is and then proceed to see why we can characterize depressive episodes in terms of depressive reactions, depressive disorders, and depressive diseases. To start, let’s follow the lead of Web-MD and other medical sites by acknowledging that it is absolutely the case that, although they are related, sadness and depression are very different entities. Let me give a personal example. … [Read more...] about Three Kinds of Depressive Episodes
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Source: Ryan Hyde, Flickr, CC 2.0 This article distills what has worked best for my clients who have a problem with time management and procrastination. Sometimes foundational to the problem is that the person doesn't care enough to manage time well. They know that a productive life is better led than a slothful one, but are impeded by depression or having been beaten up in life’s first rounds, so it’s hard to come out for the next round. Or their life is in such disarray that managing time better feels insignificant, like polishing the brass on the Titanic. Of course, those are tough situations, but if that's where you are, your best shot is to defer thinking about time management and instead first take baby steps to improve your life, whether it's to clean a corner of one room, take walks, decide to cut back even a bit on your substance abuse, get a job you can easily get, even if it’s barista, see the dentist, or help someone worse off. That can boost your … [Read more...] about Time Management and Procrastination: What works
Source: Pixaby As an eating disorder therapist, one common thing that I hear all of the time, is a person’s belief that they aren’t “sick enough” to have an eating disorder or to need eating disorder treatment. Eating disorders can often be “competitive illnesses.” For instance, your eating disorder may cause you to compare yourself to others who are struggling and will then tell you that you “aren’t sick enough.” Your eating disorder will say this in an effort to keep you trapped and under it’s control. Often for your eating disorder there is no “sick enough.” I’ve heard from people who were near death and still didn’t believe that they were ill. Additionally, some people with restrictive eating disorders struggle with something called “anosognosia” which is a brain-based lack of awareness, where essentially the individual is unable to see that they are ill. This is … [Read more...] about Are You “Sick Enough” to Need Eating Disorder Treatment?
“It doesn’t matter what I do for her; it’s never enough.” “I bought my Mom a beautiful gift for her birthday, but she took it back. She always takes my presents back. What’s with that?” “I hate Mother’s Day. I can never get it right.” “My mother’s feelings are forever being hurt. Why doesn’t she appreciate how hard I try?” Source: Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock Guilt-provoking mothers are everywhere. If you have one, you may react in a number of different, common ways, such as with anger, frustration, sadness, hurt, and guilt. If you feel guilty about not being "good enough" to your mother, or angry at her for “making” you feel guilty, chances are that your mother actually feels guilty, too. While she may not show it directly, psychoanalysts have suggested over the years that guilt-provokers are often guilt-sufferers … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Deal With a Guilt-Tripping Mother