Delay, Fear and Perfectionism Out – Recover Life Unlocked

As you may have figured out by now, I’ve had a hard time launching Recover Life from Depression, but I’ve finally opened it up. “Unlocking” seems like a better word since I’ve struggled for months to break through a hard resistance to getting it done. I was slow to grasp what was going on, but recently I had one of those no-duh moments. This is all about relapse, dude, so […] Read the rest»

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Hoping for More than Remission of Symptoms

Here’s a question for you. if you could get rid of depression, what would you want your life to be like? A lot of people think of recovery as an unending process of managing the symptoms of depression. That’s also the impression I get from looking at psychiatric treatment protocols. Remission of symptoms rather than recovery seems to be the expected outcome. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always […] Read the rest»

Do You Tell Your Therapist the Whole Truth or … Anything But the Truth?

I don’t know how open and honest you may be with the therapist(s) you’ve seen, but I’ve often had a lot of problems. Last year I wrote here about one constraint that often held me back – the fear of expressing strong emotions. A few days ago, I realized, when answering a question at Health Central, that there have been other barriers to talking freely. That prompted me to put […] Read the rest»

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Reynolds Price: Overcoming Pain with Hypnosis and Biofeedback

When I think of recovery from a terrible illness, I think of Reynolds Price. His beautiful memoir, A Whole New Life, records the powerful experience of his mental and spiritual healing from the excruciating pain of a crippling illness. Though his success in overcoming debilitating pain may seem far removed from the problems of depression, the methods he used – biofeedback and hypnosis – can also be powerful tools for […] Read the rest»

What Can Help Prevent Depression Relapse?

Depression has an especially cruel season called relapse. It always happens after the worst seems to be over; hope like sunlight is restored; life without depression is in full bloom. Then suddenly it’s winter again. The more often it happened to me, the more impossible the goal of recovery seemed to become. I was surprised to read recently in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression that relapse has received attention from […] Read the rest»

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Reading as a Form of Depression Therapy

Have you ever heard of bibliotherapy? I’m always trying to identify ways to start working on recovery from depression, but I never thought much about one of the first steps I took – reading. I was surprised to learn that reading books for medical treatment dates to World War II, when it proved effective for wounded veterans. Bibliotherapy also seems to be helpful for depression. Even though I first learned […] Read the rest»

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Writing to Heal – 1

Writing about depression can be an important self-healing technique, and you don't have to have great ambitions about being a writer to benefit from it. As a form of therapy, keeping journals and diaries has been popular for years. But there are pitfalls in this approach, and it's important to know what they are and why they prevent writing from helping with recovery. The psychologist James Pennebaker has come up with useful explanations about why this approach can work and how it can go wrong. Read the rest»