A collection of resources for understanding and managing depression, bipolar disorder, and other disorders of the brain which impact our thoughts, feelings and behavior. These resources are recommended by our facilitators as individuals and should not be considered medical advice or recommendations by DBSAGreaterSeattle as an organization. As an organization we recommend you consult with your healthcare team before implementing any advice you receive from anyone.

VIDEOS Recommended By Duane:

Writer Andrew Solomon on what he’s learned from his own depression and from talking to others who struggle with the illness. An eloquent and very valuable reference for understanding how acceptance maps to resilience in the context of mental illness. (29min)

19yo Kevin Breel packs a lot of wisdom into this TED talk. Naming the thing which cannot be named, and acknowledging (if only to ourselves) that this problem really exists and is something we are really struggling to deal with, is the first step in making progress against it. A problem you ignore rarely goes away on it’s own. It usually just transforms into a different problem. (11min)

Elyn Saks shares her experience with schizophrenia and speaks to the terrible power of stigma. Stigma divides the world into “us” and “them” and in doing so allow “us” to perpetuate all kinds of damage on “them” (For “their own good” of course). Ultimately we share the same humanity regardless of the existence or absence of any particular diagnosis. (15min)

Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky provides a comprehensive primer on Depression in this lecture. While at times it may seem academic this is a useful overview for those who haven’t personally experienced major depression. He relates symptoms with real understanding and covers both the biology and psychology of depression with a gentle sense of humor. (52min)

Please note that the study Dr. Sapolsky was excited about near the end of the lecture doesn’t appear to be as exciting on deeper investigation. (Br J Psychiatry. 2011 Feb;198(2):129-35. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085993. and BrainWorld “The new new genetics gets practical”)

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist that has come full circle around to the idea that stress can be useful and even healthful given a simple but profound change in how we think about it. Consider her adaption of cognitive-behavioral techniques to shift from an avoidance/control agenda to one of harnessing stresses utility. (14min)

Below is a short interview with Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap (recommended below), discussing both anxiety and psychological flexibility. (30min)

Sean Stephenson is a little less that 3 feet tall, fragile, needs a wheelchair to get around, and caregivers to bathe himself. He supports himself as a therapist, self-help author, and motivational speaker. The psychology and empowerment of self-help is often about shortcuts and I really appreciate his focus on self acceptance and the work ethic it takes to obtain it. (If the video below impresses you check this one out too: How To Not Screw Up The Rest Of Your Life)



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