If your goals in life are to be your best and live your best life, then what happens when mental illness takes a hold of you and everyone you hold dear? More importantly, what happens when one of the best treatments for depression is no longer being used? It’s kind of like the philosophical riddle, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

If no ones using psychotherapy, is it still relevant and effective?

Our World of Psychology post on psychotherapy and its decline as a treatment for depression sparked a conversation yesterday on Facebook. I was surprised to learn that many of our commenters cited things like cost, convenience and comfort level (as in not having to deal with the difficulties psychotherapy often brings about) as reasons for the decline. It was very similar to what was suggested in the post.

It had me wondering if this is reflecting a shift in our values and views as a society. As we become more accustomed to instant gratification, are we beginning to gravitate toward easy fixes via medication instead of taking the time and hard work necessary to get to the heart of our problems?

As we end this week, you’ll see this question pop in a few of our top posts. In fact, you might notice that there is an urgency, a subtle request for you to pause and take inventory of the way you live your life. And in it, a desire to help you deal with the uncomfortable so that you can ultimately change your life and your circumstances for the better.

Hope you enjoy it! Thanks to our Facebook friends for the feedback and have a great weekend!

Better Relationships? Why Bother?

(Managing Depression Skillfully) – Is it me or do you think of Eeyore when you read the title of this post? It may not be far off to think so. Read this to find out why you’re much better off dealing with your fears of rejection or discomfort with connecting with others when depressed.

How Do We Treat a Mental Health Crisis?

(Bipolar Advantage) – Just because we’ve been doing something for a long time, doesn’t mean it still benefits us to do so. Take mental health crisis intervention, for example. Is there a better way than 5150 to help those in need? Bipolar Advantage thinks so. Do you?

Self is a Stereotype: Correct It!

(360 of Mindful Living) – Believe stereotype is about judging other people? This post will help you realize that stereotype is also a misjudgment of the way you see yourself. Read this to find out what I mean.

Can Hypnosis Enhance Creativity?

(The Creative Mind) – Did you know the way we perceive ourselves and our skills can negatively impact what we create? The good news is that hypnosis can help you improve your writing, painting, or other creative endeavors by lowering anxiety and helping you deal with negative self-talk. Read more about it here.

Mindful Recovery and Relapse Prevention for the Holidays

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – The holidays are coming! That’s a hard thing for someone either struggling with addictive behavior or those who have loved ones with addiction. Here are a few tips to help you all get along beautifully during the upcoming holiday.