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updates #68->3 tips to speed up your recovery from depression
January 13, 2009


From: Merri Ellen Giesbrecht, Author of ‘The Simple Truth on Curing Depression: 6 Powerful Ingredients’

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3 Tips To Speed Up Your Recovery from Depression

The most powerful plan for recovery from depression focuses on not just one method such as antidepressants. That’s merely a step. If that was the case, then there would not be millions of Americans still on antidepressants.

You must think of your antidepressants (if you're on them) as the crutch to support you while you dig deeper into what is truly causing your depression. The true answer is found in a complete approach. Here are a few powerful steps you can implement for your recovery from depression.

Tip 1:

What are you eating these days? A diet high in Omega 6 fatty acids (a junk food diet) is usually the first problem. Omega-6 fatty acids, found in everything from margarine and ice cream to snack foods such as potato chips, have replaced the healthy omega-3 fats. As a result, you can damage your levels of happy brain chemicals - serotonin and dopamine.

(Low serotonin is linked to depression, the risk of suicide, and violent and impulsive behaviors. Dopamine is crucial to decision-making.) (Dr. Hibbiln, National Institutes of Health, 2001). Your recovery from depression most often begins with looking at what you are eating.

Tip 2:

After looking at your diet, your recovery from depression requires focusing in on your thoughts. You can easily get into negative thinking habits if you suffer from depression. Rather than coming up with a solution to a problem and acting on it, you may often find yourself allowing your negative thoughts to spiral out of control.

It is important to recognize negative thinking patterns and put a stop to it immediately. One powerful exercise is to journal your thoughts to help you recognize this. Or you can share your thoughts with a compassionate professional counselor...

Tip 3:

A third powerful step to speed up your recovery from depression is to get out in the sunshine or use a specialized light box. Several studies have documented the advantage of specialized light for depression. Patients responded to light within a week verses several weeks for medication, and light posed no long-term negative side effects.

A review of light therapy in Archives of General Psychiatry concluded the following: “The evidence is in that light is an active neurobiological agent. Light therapy is easy to administer in outpatient settings, lacks major side effects, and, importantly, is cost-effective.” - Archives of General Psychiatry, October 1998. Here I did up a video with my light box that I use...

So remember that recovery from depression requires you to look at a complete approach beyond any medication your doctor prescribes.

There is hope! You are worth it!

We're happily changing lives around the world, teaching how to avoid depression...

Merri Ellen


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