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Interrupting the Spiral of Depression and Anxiety

Group Of Friends Enjoying Breakfast In Kitchen TogetherIn many ways, the convenience of the Internet has made our lives easier and more pleasant. From ordering groceries to a weekend TV binge, the Internet can provide for many of our needs without requiring us to change out of our pajamas. That very seamless convenience, however, can be hazardous for people suffering with anxiety or depression.

Jackson Connor, a contributor to, discovered that relying on Internet deliveries of food and other necessities exacerbated his tendency towards social isolation, creating a downward spiral of depression. Beginning to cook for himself was one way in which he was able to reverse this trajectory. In “Learning to Cook is Helping Me Battle Depression”, he explains the circuitous nature of depression.

As Mr. Connor explains, changing small aspects of daily life to fight depression is a tenet of behavioral activation therapy, one of the approaches practiced by The Family Institute’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy team (CBT). A CBT therapist helps a client identify a valued behavior — whether cooking, going to the movies or simply going for a walk — and then encourages them to engage in it as much as they are able. In time, this can help to pull them away from the alluring ease of the GrubHub, Netflix and the rest, and begin to reengage with life.


The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program at The Family Institute specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and depressive disorders. Using cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), clinicians work collaboratively with their clients to identify personalized, time-limited therapy goals and strategies, which are then continually monitored and evaluated throughout treatment. If you think that you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, OCD or depression, or if you would like additional information, please email

The Family Institute offers affordable, effective mental health counseling for families, couples and individuals in Evanston, Chicago, Northbrook and Westchester. To learn more about our therapy and mental health services, please visit our website.

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