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The ABCD of Managing Depression And The Benefits of Group Therapy

Psychotherapeutic methods like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, or Supportive Counseling are sometimes the best answers for depression management.

Depression is a condition that can be fully managed by a combination of psychotherapies, group therapy being an important one among them. People who suffer from depression often rely on ‘depression chat rooms’ where they have conversations with people who are in similar situation. This might not be the perfect replacement to speaking with a therapist, but it has proven helpful to an increasing number of people.

Group Therapy can be useful for treating depression in all age groups. It is sometimes under professional supervision, or it may be self-guided and informal.

The ABCD of managing depression

Managing depression with the help of any treatment or therapy ensures four basic things, which is known as the ABCD of depression management.

A (accept) — The preliminary focus of dealing with depression is to help the person gain complete insight to his problem. Sufferers of depression often blame the external causes, they fail to accept that they are going through a rough time and they cannot control it. Helping the depressed to accept his situation is the first step for management.

B (build hope) — Depression inevitably brings hopelessness that stops the person from looking at the brighter side of things. Any therapy for depression should focus on building back the hope and supporting the person to get over the grief.

C (challenge negative thoughts) — Any sadness becomes depression because of the negative thoughts we link to it. For example, if a person has recently gone through a breakup, he might start believing all relationships would hurt, or he might feel inferior and aggravate the sadness to a point he becomes depressed. Focusing on how to modify the negative thoughts is very helpful in depression.

D (develop interest) — It is very common that people become disinterested and apathetic in depression, they lose motivation and sometimes find it even difficult to get out of bed. Growing back their interest in things they loved to do motivates them and enhances their mood. That is the reason why depression therapies stress on implementing more pleasurable activities in the schedules.

Benefits of group therapy in managing depression

Eliminates loneliness – Being in a group therapy makes you feel you are not the only one who is in pain. It brings back hope and makes you feel a part of the group.

Widens perspective – In group therapy sessions, people discuss with each other about their problems. Knowing about the severity of others might make you feel you are in a better position and help in recovering from the depression. It lets you change the way you look at the problems.

Lets you be your judge – Many people who have undergone formal or informal group therapy reported that by the time the sessions ended, they could understand the faults in their thinking and could self-motivate themselves.

Allows meaningful communication – Talking to people who are sailing in the same boat is comforting for the sufferers of depression. They find it easy to confide in as they feel the others would ‘understand’ them. Communication leads to the exchange of thoughts and feelings and makes the person come out of the cocoon.

Brings back the energy in activities – Depression brings hopelessness and makes us lose the energy we previously had. Group therapies have well-planned activities where people participate in groups. It brings back the energy and motivation to work as a team and makes a happy ambiance around. At the end of group sessions, depressed people are seen making new friends and talking their hearts out with each other.

As Matt Lucas had said and we all should believe, keeping ourselves busy is essential if we want to fight depression. Idleness is the food for depression.

Remember that depression is an experience. It is not your fault and it is never going to last. So no matter how hard it seems at first, make your first move. Talk, share, vent out, eat, and do things that make you happy.

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Social Media Anxiety And Ways To Recover From It




“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.” – Erik Qualman.

Social media is the perfect way to communicate and keep in touch with friends. But the increasing need of being noticed and liked has created a vicious cycle whereby people are falling prey to. The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) or The Fear of Being Online (FOBO) are common concerns that social media creates.

Different sites facilitating Strangers’ Chat are in trend now which have some obvious adverse effects. People have become so comfortable with virtual conversations that they feel anxious to get into real conversations. But this only generates from the fact that social media makes a person cut off from all real life communications and one tends to feel lonely. “There are a lot of patients that need to talk to somebody, “ says Dr. Barnett.

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Avoiding Depression While Supporting A Depressed Person


We all want to be a support person to others especially for people who are very dear to us like our family and friends. But when times get rough and we want to provide support or take care of them, how do we avoid falling into the trap of developing depression as well? How do we keep our sanity despite the day to day challenge of handling and interacting with them? Here are some of the helpful reminders which can ease up the burden of taking care of people with depression. Continue reading “Avoiding Depression While Supporting A Depressed Person” »

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The Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health Disorders

Statistics and information made available by The World Health Organization show that mental health disorders are not uncommon and are widespread, yet, there are a large portion of individuals across the globe with mental health disorders who still fail to seek assistance and support due to the stigmas attached to these disorders. Mental health stigmas impose feelings of disgrace, shame on the individuals with these disorders and with the fear of being isolated or disgraced. Having to face judgment by others as well as being isolated by communities result in people not seeking professional assistance or support. In addition to the challenges of mental health disorders, having to endure the pressure and challenges resulting from these stigmas, while not having access to support will mean the individual will not find the balance needed to maintain good mental health, manage their disease and continue to live a happy, productive life. Continue reading “The Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health Disorders” »

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Confessions Of A Panicked Mind



A typical Sunday for me in my twenties was to take a shower, hear mass and spend the rest of the day with my family and friends. I always look forward to Sundays when my mom would cook special meals for us and when surprise visits from relatives or friends take place. But there was one Sunday that I can never forget. A surprise visit that I wish never came.

It was the most cruel Sunday visitor.

I woke up one Sunday morning in October with a headache. Not the throbbing kind that I would usually get when I’m at work or when I would have to beat so many deadlines in one day. It was a dull, steady pain that I couldn’t tell where it’s coming from. The day went by and the headache didn’t go away.  When it was time to call it a night, as soon as I laid down the bed, it happened.

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Mental Health In The Workplace



The workplace is one of the most diverse environments you will ever find and is one that encompasses a variety of races, gender, ethnic groups, age, personality and more. Finding balance starts with respect and the appreciation for these differences. But how does management deal with differences that are not physically or obviously visible like in the case of mental illness, one that already has such negative stigma attached to it? Continue reading “Mental Health In The Workplace” »

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Cultural Diversity And Mental Health Disorders



It is safe to assume that with most medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, regardless of location across the globe or the cultural upbringing of the patient, symptoms of these illnesses are quite similar. In most instances, the treatment would almost be the same as well. This, however, is not the case with mental health disorders. Mental illness is received very differently among cultures, and the manner in which cultural differences impact the person with the mental illness adds to the challenges being faced by the individual. In communities where interactions between a various number of cultures have exponentially grown, addressing mental illness has become extremely difficult due to stigma. In some, these illnesses can’t even be talked about without bias.

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How Mental Health Affects Families





Dealing with the changes and unpredictable behavior of a loved with a mental health disorder can be stressful and may leave family members feeling stressed and anxious. Seeing and dealing with the symptoms and effects of the disorder on someone we care for is a frightening and exhausting experience and could leave us at a loss on how to handle the situation.

The lifestyle changes and adjustments needed to ensure good mental health are changes that need to be made not only by the person diagnosed with the disorder, but the need to adjust extends to those around them as well. Family life can become unsettled, unpredictable and challenging but the key to finding balance starts with understanding and acceptance.

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Mental Health Disorders And Discrimination


Mental health stigmas give rise to discrimination. Discrimination results in the unfair treatment of people with mental health disorders. It can take on many forms and these include:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Discriminating against disability
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment and Victimization

Regardless of the form the discrimination takes, the result and impact are the same. They deny people access to services, employment, housing and mental health treatment due to social and cultural stigmas. In some instances, this discrimination takes on the form of harassment, violence, and victimization. As a result, people are often denied their basic human rights.

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Overcoming The Challenges Of Depression



Understanding Depression

With life, comes challenges and as humans, we all face them in one form or another every day. Life with depression means, those challenges are amplified and basic daily tasks or activities require more effort to achieve. Depression, also commonly referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is one of the most common mental disorders and is the leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide.

According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people worldwide are currently living with depression.

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