Antidepressant drugs can't hold a candle to this therapy.
Do this daily and say goodbye to depression.
Binaural beats (see below) can be added to this routine at the time you go to sleep. Limit exposure to Binaural beats to 30 minutes.
Labeling yourself with "I have depression" fixed diagnosis: We have to be really careful here as I know a lot of people will kick up a fuss about this comment. Let me be clear,depression is an illness. In the words of Will Ferrel, “…it has real doctors and everything!” But I sometimes wonder whether telling yourself “I have depression” really makes things better. From my own experience I can tell you that it actually made me feel a whole heap worse. Why? Because the diagnosis “you have depression” is very solid. It is very fixed. It seems unchangeable. But like I noted in the first point, depression is actually very transient. It is impermanent. It doesn’t last. But when you are told you have depression you run the risk of labeling yourself as a depressed person. And that is very solid.
Of course, diagnosing people with depression and depression related disorders is very important. It is vital to the health and recovery of that person. Without that diagnosis the person might not get the drugs or the counseling that they need. It is not the diagnosis, as such, that I have an issue with. My issue is with labeling yourself as a depressed person.
The title of this strategy is be careful with the label “I have depression” and that is all I want you to do. Be careful. Do not continually remind yourself of your diagnosis. You do not want to repeatedly tell yourself that you are depressed. In the same way that repeatedly telling yourself that you are fat leads to more problems, repeatedly telling yourself that you are depressed will make you even worse.
This is about avoiding extremes and using your mind to reinforce positive tendencies, not negative ones. It is not about pretending you don’t have an illness. You very well might have one. What I am asking is that you don’t let yourself get bogged down in your ideas and notions about that illness.
A friend told me about her experience with depression and how she fixed it. Here is what she said: "When I was going through a particularly bad rough patch after a tough break up one of my dearest friends came over to my house… every day. For almost the whole summer this friend rang me up in the morning to meet for breakfast, called me at lunch time asking where we were going to eat and in the evenings took me to the gym or martial arts center. For six weeks this friend of mine got me out of the house, off the couch and out with people.
And it was one of the best things that could have happened to me." " Sadly this does not happen for most people with depression. Most depressed people do not have friends "as dedicated" as she did.
What her friend did was truly amazing. I don’t have friends who would have gone to such consistent lengths to take care of me. But two things about her experience are outstanding:
Knowing people love you makes a difference
Being around other people helps
The two lessons here are about helping people with depression and helping yourself when you have depression. If you are depressed you need to get out and be around people. It doesn’t matter how you do it, science has shown that having human contact helps depression.
The second thing is that if you know someone who is feeling down you should go and help them. Get them out of the house, take them out for a walk and get them out with people. This will not only help their situation, it will also help your depression."
Brilliant! Also visit the blog entry that discusses prevention of relapse here.
At bedtime binaural beats brain programming - headphones please: