WHAT IS BEHAVIOURAL ACTIVATION IN MENTAL HEALTH ? (1)
In behavioural activation we are interested in the function of the things you do( i.e. your behaviours) . By function we mean the role that your behaviours play in keeping your depression going even if you are not fully aware of them and their impact on your mood.
One of the reason why depression persists is that you are experiencing fewer situations from which you might get some pleasure or good feelings. We refer to these as positively reinforcing situations: for eample , spending some time with a friend, having a long soak in the bath , enjoying a meal , walking in the park, making something- any activity that makes you feel positive about yourself . In general because you feel positive when doing this kind of activity, you tend to repeat it.
When you feel troubled and down, a nature response is to avoid things as…
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