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Depression is NOT a Serotonin Deficiency

Depression is NOT a Serotonin Deficiency

It might surprise you to know that the serotonin theory of depression has never been proven.

Despite the billions of dollars being spent on antidepressants that enhance serotonin in the brain, studies attempting to correlate low serotonin with depression have never panned out.

So what do we know about the biochemistry of depression? [read more…]

How Do I Make Happiness Last?

“The good times in my life are tinged with the fear that it wont last…”

Sound familiar? If you’ve dealt with depression, you’ve probably experienced that tiny tickle of dread in the midst of a wonderful moment. The small ache of looking cautiously around the corner, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

How can you feel safe in knowing that your happiness will last? [read more…]

Yes, You Will Be Harshly Criticized

Yes, You Will Be Harshly Criticized

Late last week I filmed the first in a series of videos (which I’ll be sharing with you soon) about transforming depression and becoming deeply happy.

Now, even though I’ve taught and written about this topic for years, it was an entirely different experience to put it on film. Speaking into the impassive glass of the camera, with the thought of so many unknown and possibly uncharitable people who would watch the video [read more…]

Can Writing Make You Happier?

Can Writing Make You Happier?

You’ve probably experienced the relief that comes from talking about a deep seated problem with a trusted friend or professional. But sometimes there isn’t someone to talk to, or it doesn’t seem to be helping.

Research on happiness has revealed that a simple practice can be just as powerful, if not more, for healing trauma and increasing joy: journaling.

Here’s why it works so well: [read more…]

Six Ways To Solve PMS Naturally

Six Ways To Solve PMS Naturally

Many of my patients suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, and irritability, which gets worse just before their monthly period. Conventional medicine typically treats premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in one of two ways: Birth control pills or antidepressants. But many women do not want to be on pills or medication. What’s the alternative? [read more…]

That Moment When Everyone is Secretly Laughing at You

That Moment When Everyone is Secretly Laughing at You

If you’re like me, you’ve experienced the fear of looking like a total idiot. It comes up when you’re about to stick your neck out for something you believe in. Or when you’re about to reveal a part of yourself for the first time. Or you’re about to launch a new project that you want badly to succeed.

It can happen at a gathering where you don’t know many people, and everyone seems so much cooler and more sophisticated than you. This happened to me, years ago, at a beach party with some new friends. I was having a good time letting my hair down, cutting loose, and dancing, as they say, like no one was watching.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a wave of self-consciousness. I was sure that I looked ridiculous, and that the people around me were laughing at me behind my back.

Just as I was about to get sucked into a spiral of doubt and insecurity, [read more…]

A Shamanic Cure for Depression

A Shamanic Cure for Depression

“Leave me alone to complete the business of my life, and know that I will never forget you.”

This is what author Andrew Solomon was instructed to say, to the spirits that had caused his depression. He did this as part of a Senegalese ritual known as ndeup, which is performed to cure mental illness.

While the idea of evil spirits causing depression may seem superstitious to the Western mind, there is a certain beauty to the way the Senegalese perceive mental illness, and most especially, it’s cure. [read more…]

The Most Important Thing About Bruce Jenner’s Confession

The Most Important Thing About Bruce Jenner’s Confession

Last week, Bruce Jenner, once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world, an all American hero, and father to the most famous reality TV stars, admitted to Diane Sawyer that he is “for all intents and purposes, a woman.”

In so doing, he brought the word “transgender” into the national conversation. To many people, it was shocking, inspiring, scandalous, or even horrifying.

But what struck me most were not the fascinating revelations about his sexuality and gender. [read more…]

When Medicating Depression is Not the Answer

There’s a dangerous standard in mainstream medicine. One that treats illness like an external enemy to be eradicated at all costs, instead of an internally generated signal regarding important inner workings gone awry.

Nowhere is this trend more disturbing than in psychiatry. In a commendable effort to remove the stigma from depression, there is a move to frame depression as a disease. According to the disease framework, depression has nothing to do with the individual, and how they live their life.

Depression is given the role of a villain, and the patient the victim. The hero, of course, is the prescribed medication and treatment.

But the worst part about the disease framework for depression is that… [read more…]

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