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Natural Remedies For Depression

Natural Remedies For Depression

Feeling kind of “meh” lately? Feeling unmotivated and kind of negative about everything? You’re not alone. As winter drags on (and on) it’s the most normal thing in the world to be feeling kind of blah… and even for the dark tendrils of depression to snake their way around you.

Help is here! On today’s episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast we’re talking about natural remedies for depression.

If you’re like lots of people, you’re hopeful that there could be natural or home remedies that can help you fight back against depression. And you’re right. While sometimes therapy and medication are necessary to recover from Major Depressive Disorder, there are also fast, cheap, and relatively easy things that you can start doing today to start recovering from depression (and protect yourself from having it come back in the future).

Natural Remedies For Depression: Listen Now!

 

Music: Fyodorovitch, “Depression”

Here are the links I promised you in my podcast:

Fall Asleep Stay Asleep Podcast” to help you get some rest.

I hope these help you!

Lisa Marie

 

 

 

When to NOT Follow Your Feelings

When to NOT Follow Your Feelings

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self Counseling and Coaching. She’s the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love,” and the host of The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast.

Not All Feelings Are Helpful

 

“Follow your feelings” is the punchline of countless self-help books, and the focus of many therapy sessions. We can spend years in therapy or counseling learning how to respect and obey our emotional guidance system, which will often lead you in the right direction. But the truth is that not all feelings are the same. Sometimes, listening to your feelings will absolutely wreck your life. How do you tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy feelings?

Healthy feelings are like your sense of smell. They provide you with information about the world, about yourselves, and other peoeple. Your feelings help you make decisions, and know when to move closer to something (or protect yourself).

At the same time, we’re all vulnerable to unhealthy feelings: Feelings that are rooted in depression, anxiety, low self esteem, trauma or impulsivity. And if we listen to those feelings we will almost invariably experience negative consequences.

But the big problem is that our feelings always feel true, no matter if they are “healthy” or “unhealthy.” It’s therefore very difficult to differentiate between feelings that we should respect and obey, or feelings that we should over-ride.

On today’s episode of The Love, Happiness and Success Podcast we’re talking all about feelings – and how you can determine which ones to listen to and which ones to let go of.

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Suicide Warning Signs, and What to Do If You’re Worried

Suicide Warning Signs, and What to Do If You’re Worried

Depression is a potentially life-threatening illness.

Today we learned that one of our most beloved entertainers, Robin Williams, has died from suicide. This is a difficult subject to talk about, but flushing the demon of suicide out of the darkness into the light takes away some of it’s power. So we need to have a conversation — I’ll start.

Depression is the mental equivalent of having a condition like diabetes, but instead of haywire blood sugar levels it makes mayhem with neurotransmitters. And when these brain chemicals fluctuate, people feel differently… and they think differently.

People who struggle with Depression are vulnerable to “cognitive distortions” that hijack their minds and tell them all sorts of lies: About how terrible they are, how terrible the world is, and how futile it is to resist.

The really insidious part about Depression is that it feels to the sufferer like all the lies are true. And when the voice of Depression becomes louder and stronger than the voice of love or reason it becomes a very dangerous illness.

In the grips of profound Depression, suicide can feel like a reasonable option and a decisive way to end unbearable pain that cognitive distortions cause. People can become even more vulnerable in the days and weeks after a public figure dies of suicide, because what was formerly unthinkable becomes more acceptable when someone we “know” and admire chooses this path.

Chronic Depression ebbs and flows, but when it gets more intense the pain may roar into a crescendo that becomes a life-threatening psychiatric emergency. At these times, people cannot help themselves, but rather need to be kept safe until the crisis passes. But how do you know when to intervene?

Warning Signs of Impending Suicide

Here are things to watch for, or to ask about if you get the feeling someone is spiraling down:

1) Are they depressed? (i.e., Feeling sad, hopeless, and helpless?)

2) Do they have a history of suicide attempts?

3) Have they suffered a recent loss?

4) Do they describe their problems as permanent conditions and / or have difficulty seeing any hope or meaning in their lives? Loss of hope is a particularly important indicator that someone may be in danger.

5) Do they have the means to kill themselves? Is there a gun or potentially lethal medications in the home?

6) Do they tend to be impulsive?

If a number of these factors are present, the person you care about may be more vulnerable to suicide.

What to Do If You’re Concerned

1) ASK. It is okay to literally say, “Do you feel like killing yourself?” Because the person you love is probably not going to start that conversation, particularly if the idea is seeming attractive to them. They don’t want to shock you, or scare you. But if you can open the door to the conversation, you’ll be able to find out if they need more support.

2) If someone tells you that they are thinking of killing themselves don’t leave them alone. They need to have a net of support around them until this passes. This means social support, and it also means professional support. Call their therapist and help them make an appointment. Call their psychiatrist and get them seen stat. And if they are not currently in mental health treatment, assist them in connecting with a professional. Your local community mental health center, or a referral from your general medical practitioner are good places to start.

3) If you feel that they are in imminent danger, GET HELP. If someone is in a crisis, and saying they want to kill themselves ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE MEANS they need to be protected until this transient psychiatric emergency passes. This may require temporary hospitalization. In every local hospital emergency room there are professionals trained to assess and cope with these situations. It sounds dramatic, but don’t be afraid to go to the hospital for help. It can make the difference between life and death.

3) If you are afraid for the life of someone you know and you are not able to contact them, they won’t answer the door, or they will not go with you to the hospital you can call the police and ask them to do a “Welfare Check.” Most law enforcement agencies have specially trained officers who can go to the home and do a suicide assessment.

4) For more support, or to help yourself if YOU have been struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call one of the many suicide hotlines available:

In Denver, call the Metro Crisis Services Hotline:888.885.1222
Nationally, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Loose The Blues

Loose The Blues

Call it a funk, a rut, a rough-patch — there are just times when you just don’t feel like yourself. We all go through it.

Maybe you’re more tired than usual, or crankier. Maybe you’re buzzing through your days with a low-grade ball of anxiety in the pit of your stomach, or feeling more negative and down on yourself than usual. Maybe you’re feeling more sensitive to slights, or feeling lonely — even when you’re around people.

You’re not “Depressed with a capital D…” but you just feel kind of low.

What to do? How do you start to shake off the “Yuck” and reconnect with your sense of wellbeing?

On this edition of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast I’ll teach you how to “Loose the Blues” and start feeling like yourself again.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to figure out what is going on
  2. The simple cure for most of these “low” episodes
  3. The secret paradox that will help you start feeling happy again faster
  4. How to avoid the biggest mistake you can make during low periods. (The one that will keep you trapped in yucky feelings).

Listen Now.

(Music Credits: “Anxiety Attack,” by Jeffrey Lewis.)

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