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Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies von Gebka, Robert (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.02.2016
  • Verlag: For Dummies
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Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies

Rise above depression and build a positive future using mindfulness If you suffer from depression, you know that it's not something you can simply snap yourself out of. Depression is a potentially debilitating condition that must be treated and managed with care, but not knowing where to turn for help can make an already difficult time feel even more harrowing. Thankfully, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies offers authoritative and sensitive guidance on using evidence based and NHS approved Mindfulness Based Interventions similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help empower you to rise above depression and discover a renewed sense of emotional wellbeing and happiness. The book offers cutting edge self-management mindfulness techniques which will help you make sense of your condition and teach you how to relate differently to negative thought patterns which so often contribute to low mood and depression. The World Health Organization predicts that more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem by the year 2030. While the statistics are staggering, they offer a small glimmer of hope: you aren't alone. As we continue to learn more about how depression works and how it can be treated, the practice of mindfulness proves to be an effective tool for alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and insomnia. With the tips and guidance offered inside, you'll learn how to apply the practice of mindfulness to ease your symptoms of depression and get your life back. Heal and recover from depression mindfully
Understand the relationship between thinking, feeling, mood, and depression
Reduce your depression with effective mindfulness practices
Implement positive changes and prevent relapse
Whether you are struggling with low mood or simply wish to learn mindfulness as a way of enriching your life, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies serves as a beacon of light and hope on your journey to rediscovering your sense of wellbeing, joy and happiness.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 208
    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.02.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781119029564
    Verlag: For Dummies
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Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies

Chapter 1
Your Journey to Wellbeing

In This Chapter

Getting to know your big black dog of depression

Knowing that you're not alone in your depression

Seeing the link between depression and anxiety

Understanding that recovery from depression has ups and downs

Finding inner peace through the practice of mindfulness

If you are reading this book, then it is very likely that either you or someone you know is affected by depression. I know from personal experience having lived with the condition myself that it can be very tough and that often it's difficult to get out of bed, to say nothing about reading a whole book. In my own experience, I have been where there was no hope and no guiding light at the end of the tunnel with very dark thoughts about my future constantly on my mind barking like hungry dogs that haven't been fed for days. You might or might not relate to this. I am writing this book both as someone who has first-hand experience living with depression as well as someone who has counseled many people affected with this condition both in private practice as well as within an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. More importantly, I am writing this book as someone who recovered from the condition.

Above all, I am writing this book as a happy person, a truly happy person. I am not bragging about my happiness, not at all, but I like talking about wellbeing and happiness as this is the other side of the deep and wide river, the other shore, so to speak. This is where you too want to get to, don't you? The other side of the river where there is more light, more hope, more freedom to live your life as you want and desire. Recovery from chronic unhappiness has many stages and it's an up-and-down process, but I know that it is possible. This book offers a practical guide which will empower you to navigate the often confusing landscape of your own mind and give you plenty of tools for working with it in a way that can help you enhance your sense of mental and emotional wellbeing and happiness. I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.
Befriending the Black Dog of Depression

Having depression is in many ways like having a black dog. No offence to black dogs as they are lovely animals. However, you can use this as a metaphor for how difficult life can be when you are depressed.

This black dog of depression isn't just any black dog. It's a big and scary dog (shown in Figure 1-1 ), and having this dog around is a pain.

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Figure 1-1: Depression as a huge black dog.

This black dog of depression looks extremely sad. Whenever he shows up he can make you feel completely empty of any happiness. He makes you feel slow, tired and not wanting to do anything except sleep. He can make you feel old, useless and hopeless.

Everyone else seems to be enjoying life, but you are only limited to seeing the world through the black dog's dark sunglasses. Life looks dark and bleak. Things that you used to enjoy don't give you any pleasure anymore. This black dog of depression robs you of your concentration, and you seem to not only forget things but you don't remember what it feels like to be happy either.

Doing normal daily tasks seems impossible as you are dragging this heavy dog behind you. You know that you have this black dog always with you even though others might not see it. The thing is you are really afraid that others might find out. It is likely that you might feel a deep sense of shame, and so you try to hide it from others, afraid that others will judge you if they ever found out.

This can make you feel like you are false, like you are a fraud in some way. Having the black dog probably ruins your appetite, and you either don't feel like eating at all or you overeat to try and shut him up. It's possible that he wakes you up at n

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