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So I found a couple of interesting links today regarding depression and anxiety.

E-couch "provides information about emotional problems - what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life" and "is co-funded by Australia's beyondblue: the national depression initiative and the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University."

MoodGym, a sister site of e-couch, claims to "deliver cognitive behaviour therapy
for preventing depression."

Has anyone heard anything about them? I'm especially looking at you, aussies-on-my-flist. I've seen a couple online comments from people who say they definitely do get something out of it. Anyway, I signed up for e-couch so far. They ask you to take a couple of short quizzes to help determine your anxiety and depression levels. I thought it was interesting. Will update if I actually find them useful.

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On the anxiety scale you scored 8.
This score is in the HIGH to VERY HIGH range

Your score indicates that you experience high anxiety. e-couch may help you overcome some of your anxieties and insecurities.

You may also need professional help if you find these symptoms very distressing. There are a number of anxiety conditions that respond well to specialist treatment. These include panic disorder, social phobia, and post traumatic stress disorder.

In panic disorder a person experiences acute symptoms of anxiety (so severe that they may fear that they are having a heart attack). Social phobia or anxiety in social situations can also be very debilitating. For example, some people with this condition find that they can’t sign their name in public. Post traumatic stress disorder often produces very distressing symptoms, including flashbacks, where the person experiences very vivid images of previous trauma.

On the depression scale, you scored 7.
This score is in the MIDDLE to HIGH range

You have more depression symptoms than the average person your age. There are many reasons why you might have scored in this range. Perhaps you tend to become upset by events that others don't react to. Perhaps something unfortunate has occurred in the last few weeks and you haven't got over it, even though you normally cope very well.

In either case, e-couch may be of great interest to you, since it aims to improve the way you approach situations in life.
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