The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD)

Author: John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal
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The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD)


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by applextrent   2017-08-19

Please call them, they're experimenting on you with an off label drug that has no scientific evidence to support what they're trying to do with it.

The brain-gut connection is real, but taking a mind-numbing drug to treat what is likely a gut flora issue (a lot of IBS cases are caused by dysbiosis, others candida, and other conditions). IBS is a catch all diagnosis, not a specific condition. If you can figure out what the exact cause of your IBS is, it might be possible manage it more effectively or even find a cure.

I can't speak to Lyrica, but there are other treatments for anxiety that are really effective like meditation, yoga, diet, and even cannabis. I've had anxiety issues most of my life, and I can tell you that there is no drug that can treat anxiety without side effects. Meditating for 20 minutes every day has helped more with my anxiety then any pill I've ever taken, and I've tried a lot of medications for both IBS and anxiety.

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Even though its about depression in the title, it absolutely applies to anxiety.

Have you looked into other alternatives?

by mookimooks   2017-08-19

Check out mindfulness based CBT. This book has been great for me. There are also some ted talks by the authors which I don't have time to link now. :)

by applextrent   2017-08-19

The beautiful, and scary thing about life is everything is constantly changing.

I'm right there with you about feel bored, tired, disinterested, etc. I've struggled with similar feelings most of my life.

I also have IBS, and get migraine like headaches (although mine are from TMJ issues).

College is bullshit, lesson learned. So now what are you going to do about it?

Since IBS is correlated with mental health thats probably the first place to start. Most IBS is caused by dysbiosis, essentially either from a pathogen, or bacterial imbalance in the gut. In my case I had SIBO which was caused by Candida which grew as a result of antibiotic use and consuming too much sugar.

I eventually went on a Specific Carbohydrate diet (, and switched to all organic foods, and stopped eating out and learned how to cook. I'm still on this diet, and feeling so much better. It takes a long time to work, but when it does, its amazing. Restored my ability to digest fats and fibers properly using this diet, and reduced my symptoms by 90% after a year of the diet. Perhaps something to talk to a nutritionalist or naturopath about?

Improving your diet should improve your depression, moods, and energy levels as well.

Another thing to look into is meditation. It is an incredibly powerful tool to help you manage your moods, boredom, etc.

Here's a place to start:

I use the app Headspace as well on a daily basis.

Start with meditation, improve your diet, and perhaps start a mood journal or use a mood tracking app so you can see the impact meditation and eating better has on your life. There's nothing more convincing then data from yourself to continue to motivate yourself to keep doing something.

Use your time more effectively to better yourself, study things on your own, you don't need a degree or to be in college to teach yourself new things. Let go of the past, and work towards a new you.