Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology

Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology

by Alexandra Massey


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Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology by Alexandra Massey

In her latest book, depression counselor, Alexandra Massey, distils years of hard-won strategies for treating depression. She provides an easy-to-follow ten-step program that will help you beat it quickly and without pharmaceuticals.  Massey, who has suffered from depression most of her life, refused to take prescription drugs when her symptoms became debilitating. “I was very clear about the root cause of the depression,” she says. “It was very, very low self-esteem. The overriding symptom was deep hopelessness and I had a sense that connecting with others who knew how I felt was what I needed—not drugs.”

According to Massey, the first step toward recovery from depression is acceptance. “Depression is like wet sand. The more you push, the harder it gets. By accepting depression, you will find a sense of relief.”

The second step is trust. “When we are dealing with the despair and hopelessness of depression, it’s almost impossible to believe that everything is going to turn out OK,” she writes. Massey attributes her own recovery in part to her years-long participation in 12-step programs. From the recovery movement she learned the power of “letting a greater power into your life.” Says Massey, “For me, real change didn’t happen until I acknowledged that I couldn’t beat depression on my own and that I needed to rely on something bigger and wiser than myself.”

These are the foundations stones. The remaining steps will lead you on a journey to a new, depression-free life. By following the steps, you will find greater peace of mind, more resilience, and, inevitably, the reemergence of your dreams. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780286051
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Massey has a Certificate in Counseling Skills and is the 'Life Coach' for The Daily Telegraph. She is the author of four previous titles, including Beat Depression and Reclaim Your Life.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Starting Out

Chapter 1 All About Depression 3

Chapter 2 How This Book Can Help to Beat Depression Fast 10

Chapter 3 Preparing for Recovery 17

Chapter 4 An Invitation 23

Part 2 The Ten Steps

Step 1 Acceptance 27

Step 2 Trust 39

Step 3 Touching the Void 53

Step 4 Discovering Your Inner Child 72

Step 5 Healing Toxic Shame 91

Step 6 Becoming Fully Responsible 106

Step 7 Mind over Matter 127

Step 8 Bodywork 136

Step 9 Dynamic Foods 155

Step 10 Cultivating Happiness 169

Part 3 Final Thoughts

The Gifts of Recovery 183

How to Get Help 187

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