Men’s Health put up a quick, useful read in response to new research on the success of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy even when antidepressants fail. They asked me for some quick tips for those who don’t have the time or money for traditional therapy. Below is an excerpt and click here for the entire article (note: the techniques work for women as well):
You don’t need to keep a teen diary, but the moment you notice your mood change, write your thoughts down in bullet points, Dobrenski suggests. “One of the hallmarks of depression is assuming that all of your thoughts are true,” he says. “And it’s been shown that with depression, people have skewed thoughts.” When you see your cognitions on paper, you’re more likely to recognize that they’re not all true — maybe they’re too global (“everything is falling apart”), or too dark (“this is the worst day of my life”). Realizing that your thoughts don’t match reality can help bring you back to reality.