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Depression information

“ Hope is the dream of a soul awake. ” - French proverb

Here are a few handouts that I've put together over the years to provide background information about depression.  The development/maintenance diagram is probably the handout here that I use most - both to explain issues about depression and also for many other psychological disorders as well. 

Introduction & monitoring

“ If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. ” - Anonymous

Here are a series of forms that I use almost every session with clients, or for screening and orientation at the start of therapy:

Diagnosis of psychological disorders

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

- John Donne

Making a formal psychological diagnosis can be a mixed blessing. It has several potential advantages. If many of my symptoms can be accurately grouped under a specific psychological diagnosis, it may well help to understand what is happening, to clarify the likely time course of my symptoms, and to choose treatments that have the best chance of being effective. It's worth noting that often people suffer from more than one psychological disorder at the same time - this is called comorbidity and it is common.

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