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Articles – Self help, Mental Health and positive psychology

Browse through our directory of mental health related articles, all written, unless otherwise stated by George Maxwell, Principal CBT Therapist.

Articles from Depressioninnewdads.com, a series of articles looking at Birth trauma

Baby's toes in a white blanket

Date:

7th March 2017

Reading time:

15 mins

Birth trauma and post-natal PTSD

Traumatic births are a common experience.  Find out here how PTSD and other trauma symptoms can emerge following a traumatic birth.

The fight or flight response

Date:

17th January 2017

Reading time:

10 mins

Understanding your response to birth trauma

What are the symptoms of post-natal PTSD?  What should we look for in our partners or ourselves?  This article tells us all about what to look for in post-natal PTSD

Articles from Depressioninnewdads.com, all of the below focus upon Male Post-natal depression

Black and white photo of a white man holding a young asleep baby

Date:

16th March 2015

Reading time:

20 mins

Depression in New Dads

An introduction to Male post-natal depression – how common a problem is it and what are the signs to look out for?

Example 5 areas CBT model

Date:

27th March 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

CBT for Male PND

An introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, tailored to Male post-natal depression.

CBT low mood maintenance

Date:

27th July 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

Formulation – Male PND

Taking you through the steps of how to break down the symptoms of Male post-natal depression into individual elements for treatment.

Black and White photo of a man carrying a bike over rocks

Date:

1st October 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

Get activated – Part 1

Behavioural activation is a key part of CBT for depression.  This article explains what Behavioural Activation is and why it can be useful in the treatment of Male post-natal depression

Black and white photo of a man cycling a bike across a bridge

Date:

1st October 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

Get activated – Part 2

Once you understand how changes in behaviour can keep depression going, now it’s time to do something different.

Dart in the Centre of an unmarked dartboard

Date:

12th August 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

Setting your goals

Here we look at the importance of setting achievable goals within the context of male post-natal depression.

Compass

Date:

8th August 2015

Reading time:

10 mins

Understand your Values

“What am I even doing this for?” – If we don’t understand our Values, we can find ourselves caught in behavioural patterns that are never going to make use feel any better.  Understand your Values better using the Values assessment.

Diagram of the mind following thought challenging

Date:

28th November 2015

Reading time:

20 mins

Change your thoughts using CBT – Part 1

The first of two articles looking at how we can change negative thinking using CBT – From the perspective of Male post-natal depression.

Lit up picture of a brain

Date:

14th February 2016

Reading time:

15 mins

Change your thoughts using CBT – Part 2

Now you can catch negative automatic thoughts – learn the techniques to change them.

CBT Problem solving maintenance

Date:

23rd March 2016

Reading time:

20 mins

Problem solving in Male post-natal depression

When we’re depressed we can often feel stuck, not knowing how to move forward.  Learn how to use practical problem solving techniques here.

Relapse prevention graphic

Date:

30th April 2016

Reading time:

20 mins

Relapse prevention

Recovery is rarely a straighforward path.  Read this article to find out how to understand and deal with lapses.