Category Archives: Distress tolerance

Depression Forever?

Imagine (or recall) yourself as a second grader. It’s a Friday afternoon in May, and the weather is beautiful. After school is out, you will get to play late outside, and you have the whole weekend ahead of you. But … Continue reading

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Take Your Placebos- They’re Good for You

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/27/499475288/is-it-still-a-placebo-when-it-works-and-you-know-its-a-placebo I suggest using the following placebos, as needed: 1) Vitamin C supplements for colds, 500 mg every four to six hours; 2) Vitamin D supplements for depressed mood, 1000 units once a day (may be some clinical evidence in … Continue reading

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Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Your Self-Concept Is Out of Date

For those of you who follow this blog, bless you. I have been quite busy, but have a backlog of topics that I hope to discuss. One really interesting one is a somewhat technical article on the difference between grief, … Continue reading

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Teach Someone to Fish…

You may remember the allegedly Chinese proverb: (photo source; Wikipedia) “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” As someone with a background in … Continue reading

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We Miss You, Robin. And You, Too, Will Be Missed.

I was talking to a client about her depression and she said, almost sheepishly, that the death of Robin Williams had made it worse. It made sense to me. I miss Robin too, not least because I knew he had … Continue reading

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Spiritual Atheists

If you follow the buzz in certain circles, you’ve been hearing about various psychotherapeutic practitioners getting on board the spirituality bandwagon. This is, in some ways, amusing. Carl Jung was all over the spiritual side of things from the beginning, … Continue reading

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