Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is the founding Director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center where he served as the Professor of Psychiatry. His newest book is When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression. This book aims to take the reader through steps they can utilize to gain relief from depression and anxiety.
In this episode, Dr. Eisendrath and Eric discuss his new book about how mindfulness can help alleviate depression when anti-depressants aren’t enough.
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In This Interview, Dr. Stuart Eisendrath and I discuss Mindfulness for Depression and…
- His book, When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression
- Changing the relationship with depressive thoughts from dominating presence to peaceful coexistence
- Learning to interpret our thoughts in a different way
- Dealing with self-criticism
- Ruminating and how being stuck in the downward spiral leads to more depression
- The simple meditation practice of counting each breath
- When the thoughts are creating an internal storm
- How the most powerful thoughts are usually our own ideas that we’re applying in the present
- Determining the difference between facts and thoughts
- False evidence and the importance of gathering more information to see if it’s true
- Asking if there are other explanations to explain these feelings
- The trap of depression: thinking we’ll act when we feel better and how we actually feel better once we act.
- Taking action when we don’t feel like it
- The importance of movement and being active when depressed
- Happiness equals achievements divided by expectations
- How depression can create distorted views
- Changing perspective by focusing on very small actions
- Replacing the thought of “I should…” with “it would be nice if…”
- How mindfulness brings us into the present moment
- How depressive thoughts are about the past and anxious thoughts are about the future
- Resistance amplifies emotional pain and increases suffering
- Thinking of feeling depressed as the weather
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