Archives for Depression
Happy new year!! 2015 was a great year and I'm convinced that 2016 will be even better. Let's start the new year off right with some happiness exercises. I reviewed all of my articles from 2015 and found the 5 most popular posts.
"Joan" is a middle-aged woman I recently started working with. She suffers from depression and has been a frequent customer of psychotherapy and medication to treat her symptoms. For years she has relied on pills to help balance her moods so when I asked...
Using your top strengths – your signature strengths – has been shown to be effective to increasing happiness and decreasing depression. Several scientific studies have shown this. As a psychologist for many years helping clients with depression, I focused heavily on what was wrong. I asked my clients about the frequency-intensity-duration of their problems, the triggers to their conflicts, family issues, work struggles, and on and on. So many questions! Like most psychologists, I spent very little time asking about what was going right with my clients. Shouldn’t the focus on what is wrong and what is strong be at least 50-50?