homework and conclusion
Thank you for completing all the activities today.  You have had to listen to lots of information, and take on lots of things today, so thanks for bearing with it.
As a final step in Module 1, we would like to quickly prepare you for the activities you’ll be working through in future SHADE therapy sessions by talking about mood monitoring.

A key step in taking charge of your thoughts is to learn how they are related to your feelings and behaviours.  In fact, that is what Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or CBT) is based on, and CBT is the type of therapy that SHADE is based on.

CBT is based on the idea that people with low mood, even depression, anxiety and problems with alcohol or other drugs tend to think in a typical way about themselves, about their environment and about the future. 

There is a close relationship between the way we think about ourselves, the environment and our future, and our resulting feelings, motivations and behaviour.  For example, when we are feeling depressed or stuck in a certain behaviour, we think in a more negative way – we have a negative bias in the way we interpret just about everything that happens to us, even if there are other ways of looking at the situation.  We often aren’t even aware that this is happening – it’s almost automatic.  These thoughts and ideas then feed back into our feelings and behaviour – we feel more negative, and less motivated or hopeful about our situation.  But, in many cases, there are other ways of looking at those situations, that are equally as likely to be true, but aren’t quite so negative.  So, this therapy will try to identify those situations where you have that negative automatic bias, and look at other alternatives to thinking about those situations.

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