Taking Charge of Your depression

by Melissa West on July 12, 2012

I wanted to share a little bit of what I’m learning about depression from The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression and Create a Life Worth Living by Patricia Robinson and Kirk Strosahl

  • First of all depression is not abnormal.
  • Nearly a quarter of all people will experience depression at some time in their lives.
  • Depression can arise from trauma, loss, health problems
  • First, the tough love truth,
  • In this book they dispel the myth that depression is a biological illness. The idea that depression is a biological illness converts into billions of dollars in drug sales for the pharmaceutical industry. Calling it an illness absolves the ill person from responsibility for the problem, and for the medical professional it creates a simple solution as they write out a script to “solve” the problem
  • Even the World Health Organization doesn’t recognize depression as a disease
  • This book also tackles the myth that medication is the best treatment for depression describing how bans against advertising to the public were lifted and drug companies began marketing antidepressant medications directly to consumers making an emotional appeal suggesting that a normal life isn’t possible unless the consumer uses medication. These advertisements have meant that more people are being diagnosed with depression and more people are being prescribed medication for depression – which let’s face it puts more money in the pockets of the drug companies.
  • The authors in this book work on the belief that depression means that something is out of balance in your life and is a call to action to bring things back into balance.
  • This book makes the bold claim that antidepressants can’t make changes in your life, only you can
  • The authors of this book recommend a mindful and intentional approach to daily living based on acceptance much like the one that we practice in yoga. They also recommend engaging in actions designed to solve problems rather than avoid them.
  • One the of areas that people with depression get stuck is with inertia, I know. Migraines. Inertia.
  • Keep Moving
  • Yoga. Yoga for Depression. DVD, Digital Download, Membership Site.

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