6 Reasons to Get a Grip on Depression


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(c) 2013 John Thurman from Dia de Los Muertos Y Marigold Parade, Albuquerque

So, what will reading Get a Grip on Depression do for the reader?

by John Thurman

Depression negatively impacts your personal life, relationships, and business. Recent studies indicate that 16% of Americans will have at least one episode of Major Depression in their lifetime.

The sad news is that few will seek help for it.

The purpose of Get a Grip on Depression is to help you better understand depression and to learn proven, effective ways to manage depression using a combination of the latest research and the ancient, but still relevant, principles of Scripture. Practically speaking, this workbook is designed to help you:
   
•   Boost your mood naturally

•    Understand the cause of depression

•    Lower the risk and impact of depression

•   Review meaningful stories and principles from Scripture

•   Overcome mild depression

•  Increase a sense of purpose, well-being, and mission

•   Supplement your depression treatment

•  Prevent relapse

•  Relieve the residual symptoms of major depression

•  Incorporate biblically-based, spiritual practices to alleviate and reduce the impact of                  depression

You’ve heard the old saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome.” Maybe it’s time to stop doing the same old thing.

This resource will offer a fresh perspective to depression. Some readers may believe this approach is too indirect and not “clinical” enough. My encouragement to you is to remember that depression constricts your opinion of your capabilities and keeps you in a comfort zone of weak and slow. Get a Grip on Depression is about trying something a little different. If you are currently being treated with medication or counseling, then please continue. This resource will supplement the hard work you are already doing.

One of the principles for getting a grip on depression is personal responsibility and agency, which simply means you are an active player in your own recovery. It is important for us to focus on responsibility and to be forward-looking. Seeing ourselves as perpetual victims of childhood or adult trauma tends to make us a prisoner of the past and gnaws at our sense of responsibility. All successful counseling has two things in common: It is forward-looking, and it requires assuming personal responsibility.

Excerpt from Get a Grip On Depression p 17

Avoid 6 Stinking Thinking Traps

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6 Thinking Styles to Avoid

by John Thurman

Have you ever noticed how quickly your mind can get distracted? Things seem to be just fine and then out of nowhere you begin to have these intrusive, negative thoughts? Thankfully, it is a problem nearly every human being experiences from time to time.

Today, I am going to give you a quick overview of the Top Six “Stinking Thinking” patterns that I address in my book, Get a Grip on Depression. I will also give you some key questions to ask as well as practical things to do to lower the impact of these negative thinking patterns.

Here they are:

        Jumping to conclusions: Being confident about the situation despite having little or no evidence. Action Plan:Slow down: Do I have any evidence to show I have been wronged or am I jumping the gun?

        Mind Reading: Assuming you know what the other person is thinking, or expecting him or her to fully understand what you are thinking. Action Plan: Speak Up: Did I express myself fully, so the other person didn’t need to try to read my mind? Or did I ask for information from the other person rather than attempting to read his or her mind?

        Me, Me, Me: Believing you are the sole cause of every problem. Action Plan:Look outward: How did others or circumstances contribute to my current situation?

        Them, Them, Them: Believing other people or circumstances are the cause of every problem you encounter. Action Plan: Look inward: How did I control or fuel my situation?

        Always, Always, Always: The belief that adverse events are unchangeable and that you have little or no control over them. Action Plan: Grab control: What can I change? What can I influence?

        Everything, Everything, Everything: Thinking you can judge a person or your own worth, motivation, or ability on the basis of a single situation. Action Plan: Look at behavior: What specific behavior explains my situation?

 2 Corinthians 10:5 …we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NLT)

For a more in-depth look at these patterns as well as some scriptural stories that illustrate them check out pages 77-93 in Get a Grip on Depression. Also available at Amazon and Kindle.

 

Focus

By John Thurman

I recently attended and photographed several events at Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth Celebration and the International Balloon Fiesta Park on the fourth of July. One of the stages was featuring a group from the National Flamenco Institute local in Albuquerque.

Take a second and observe this dancer, at her eyes, her head, her hands. Does she look focused?

This young solo dancer moved her way across the stage like a graceful swan with an attitude. One of the hallmarks of Flamenco is the ability to project happiness and anger with looks, movement, and the impact of their shoes on the dance floor. I had a real sense of the hours of practice and focus this young woman had poured into her performance.

My friend, Dr. Tom Barrett says, “Sustained focus is the single most important component of being successful in life.” Whether you are focused on leadership development, building your business, making that next promotion or building your relationships, it will not happen without focus.

Here are some thoughts from Dr. Barrett:

         Focus is where discipline co-mingles with dreams.

         Focus is where you do what you need to do and not what you want to do.

         Focus is the birth canal through which dreams become a reality.

         Focus is what makes potential become profitable.

         Focus is where notions are put into motions.

         Focus is where you determine if your potential will become a reality.

The Apostle Paul put it this way in Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

May God bless you as you seek to Focus on things that will enrich your life and bring Glory to Him.