3 thoughts on “Self-Efficacy: A Missing Link To Overcoming Depression?

  • November 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    What about people with anorexia/extreme exercise? Why isn’t there a physical activity program to address THIS condition? More exercise does not equal self-efficacy for us. With eating disorders being the #1 cause of death of all psychiatric illnesses, why isn’t the physical part being addressed? How does one deep in the throws of an eating disorder find self-efficacy? Why can we not find primary care doctors, nutritionists, psychiatrists, cardiologists (the list goes on) that have ANY knowledge of how to treat an eating disorder? It’s an epidemic and NOTHING is being done about it!

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    • November 10, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Hi Karen,

      Certainly eating disorders are a serious concern, and you are correct, self-efficacy in terms of physical exercise is not applicable, or helpful to those who are struggling. (Many times it makes things worse!).

      There are several reputable treatment centers, however, that do specialize in eating disorders, and understand the physical, as well as emotional and cognitive components of the disorder.

      As to your question about how one deep in the throws of an eating disorders might find self-efficacy, research has suggested that both yoga and meditation are helpful (I think we can describe this as learning to find a sense of peace within the body as it is). I have also found equine therapy (and finding self-efficacy through connecting and communicating with an animal) to be quite effective. For this reason, many treatment centers incorporate both of these modalities into their program.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Best,
      Claire Nana, LMFT

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  • November 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    So, as a person with MS, my sense of fatigue is due to hypochondria? It is not due to the disease?

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