Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Khám phá Hạnh phúc: Vượt qua Trầm cảm với Chánh niệm và Từ Bi – Của Tác giả: Tiến sỹ. Elisha Goldstein
Một vài câu trích dẫn và comment về cuốn sách là:
“The fact is, we are not our thoughts; not even the ones that tell us were are” (33).
Goldstein does something bold, and a little controversial in my opinion, and essentially calls depression a bad habit. Depression is definitely more than a bad habit, but if you’re not careful, bad thought patterns can drag you deeper down into depression.
Depression has such a strong grip on you that you cannot get out alone, and that’s why I suggest you go to a mental health specialist. It’s not because you’re weak, it’s because this disorder, which has a mind of its own, it’s eating your brain away. Research has found that medication and psychotherapy are the only things that work for people who are severely depressed. Not even exercise helps. That’s right, NOT EVEN EXERCISE HELPS. Exercise and self-help books are for people who are mildly depressed.
Once you get to a mental health specialist who can help you see through the disorder and you start to fight it, then self-help books and exercising are for you. I’m not saying you should avoid them, but I’m saying you’re going to need more help than just conventional wisdom if you’re severely depressed. In Part 2, Step 7 “Learn to get Better and Better,” Goldstein has the right idea. He suggests that people start off in small, easy steps, like putting on workout clothes or going for a five minute walk. That’s the ultimate mindset anyone can have towards depression, slow, small, and steady steps will help you win the fight against depression. He’s absolutely right that it takes months and sometimes even years to overcome depression, especially clinical depression. Your struggling is normal, and it will only get easier after a long, long period of time.
He also says we need to create space between our thoughts and ourselves and realize that we are not the problem and our thoughts are.
The point is to show you that your thoughts are not reality.