DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK, PART 2

UNDERSTANDING COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

Like many girls, Ana has suffered a heartbreaking number of traumas in her short life that have decimated her self-confidence, filled her with anxiety, and snatched away her joy. Once a ray of sunshine in the home, dejected Ana is only a shadow of who she once was. At the bidding of her family, Ana finally agrees to go to a psychotherapist that uses cognitive behavioral therapy. But as she enters the therapist’s office, Ana thinks to herself, “I will never get better. What’s the use?”

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK, PART 1

THE TEN COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS

“I’ll never feel comfortable with his family,” Alina bemoaned as she rested her face in her hands. Nicole leaned forward across the restaurant table and patted Alina on her sagging shoulders.  

“I’ve always been so self-conscious with his mother that I can’t imagine that she’ll ever view me as her daughter.” click here to read full article

In the US, Local Church Helps Drag Mental Illness Out of the Closet

“When I was diagnosed in 2001 with clinical depression, I was ashamed.” These were the words of Richard Smallwood, celebrated Christian musician and author of such gospel classics as “Healing,” and “Total Praise,” at the Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland, United States, on February 25. “It was a triple strike, as an African-American, as an African-American male, and as an African-American church-goer.”

Study shows depression becoming more common among U.S. teens

The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests.

For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 per cent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 per cent to 9.6 per cent during the study period.