Idiographic Measures

Given the level of complexity in chronic depression, idiographic measures play a crucial role in assessing in detail the nature and extent of the patient's current difficulties. In this respect, idiographic measures should be introduced from the assessment stage onward. Typically the most useful tool to introduce at assessment is an activity schedule (Beck et al., 1979). This can be used in a standard way to monitor activity and to rate mastery and pleasure, or it can be used to gather baseline data regarding mood states, including depression, anxiety, or anger. It may also be useful if patients are using alcohol to manage mood or are consuming excessive amounts of caffeine. Such data can be vital in terms of making sense of patients' problems and in developing an initial problem list.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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