Diathesis Stress

Most cognitive models of depression, and by extension cognitive vulnerability models of depression, are explicitly diathesis-stress models; these models argue that depression is the result of the interaction between cognitive factors and environmental stressors. The diathesis-stress approach specifies that, under ordinary conditions, people who are vulnerable to the onset of depression are indistinguishable from nonvulnerable people (Segal & Ingram, 1994). According to this idea, only when confronted with certain stressors do cognitive differences between vulnerable and non-vulnerable people emerge, which then turn into depression for those who are vulnerable (Ingram & Luxton, in press; Monroe & Hadjiyannakis, 2002; Monroe & Simons, 1991; Segal & Shaw, 1986). More specifically, most cognitive models propose that when stressful life events are encountered by vulnerable people, these events precipitate a pattern of negative, biased, self-referent information processing that initiates the first cycle in the downward spin of depression (Segal & Shaw, 1986). Alternatively, individuals who do not possess this diathesis react with an appropriate level of depressive affect to the event, but do not become depressed.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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