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Who is Debbie Hampton?
In 2007, Debbie Hampton woke up in a hospital after one week of being comatose due to a failed suicide attempt. She suffered from serious mental impairment which left her unable to properly coordinate her movements, breathing or swallowing. The brain injury, diagnosed as encephalopathy, also affected her memory. Initially, she couldn’t even remember that she divorced her high-school sweetheart or even her children’s birth dates. This was not the end of it. Due to her condition, she lost custody of her two sons as a result of a lawsuit filed by her husband, who moved with them in a different state. At this point, the depression that was brought about by the divorce, a brother who died from AIDs and numerous disappointments with life had an even greater catalyst.
However, something changed in Debbie’s perception. “Helped” by her condition’s clean slate, but also by a new-found motivation to get in control of her own life, she became an accomplished writer. Instead of falling into the same downward spiral most people do in such situations and being overwhelmed by what society may label as a divorced mother in her 40s, the author saw her circumstance as a possibility to develop a healthy life and a balanced personality by doing what she loved the most.
While she does frequent guest-posting for websites such as the huffingtonpost.com and mindbodygreen.com, Debbie also has her own page at thebestbrainpossible.com, where you can find out more about her approach on life, along with tips on how to manage stress levels, deal with compulsions, fears or depression. Debbie Hampton also wrote a memoir, entitled Sex, Suicide and Serotonin and she now lives in the company of her six cats in North Carolina, where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening and doing yoga.
What “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is about
One can easily be surprised when reading “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” by how the author manages to convey her message. Using the familiar terms and language everyone is accustomed with, she successfully tackles the subjects of neuroplasticity or neurochemistry, making it possible for those who have no background or previous knowledge in these areas to understand what she means. In just one hour of reading, you might find out more about yourself than you’ll ever be able to in countless therapy sessions, as Debbie accomplishes a perspective in her book that is truly unique. Whilst still maintaining the underlying personal tone of her life experiences and struggles, the author speaks about how the mind emerges from the brain in an accessible manner and points to some essential features that we share as human beings, as well as aspects in which we differ or in which we are never identical.
As the reader progresses through the book, other terms are introduced using facts and studies to back the author’s claims. From discussing the role of the most important neurotransmitters to describing the state of depression, which the reader will find out is more of an umbrella term, “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing your Brain” helps you do exactly what the title means. By the end of the volume, you will also find out interesting facts about unconventional depression treatments, mindfulness or meditation, how to do brain training or minimize the stress that you feel even in delicate or tight situations.
In addition, the author dedicates a special chapter to those who are currently going through rough times in their lives, wherein pain and suffering is more closely examined for what they really are without any touch of condescendence. Quite handily, the last chapter is a crash-course of tips that you can use to make your brain happier.
Why “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is worth your time
“Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” can also be understood as a guide to realizing the power each of us has upon her or his own life, as changing one’s attitude by employing several handy, yet effective techniques described by the author can work wonders. Starting at the basic, biological level and working her way through the configuration of the mind, Debbie accurately indicates how our mentality is responsible for the majority of the things that happen both around and within us.
Most people go on with their existence relying on the perceptual configuration they inadvertently form as a result of education, society’s influence and their own feelings, but this may not necessarily be something they enjoy. Instead of dealing with the symptoms in the manner of traditional medicine, Debbie proposes that we dig deeper, maybe even find the place where it all starts. The best example she gives is with depression – most of the times, not even specialists can tell whether they are dealing with a symptom or a cause. Instead of giving into pharmaceuticals, we could try alternative methods to change the way we perceive the world around us, thereby transforming negative emotions, feelings and experiences into possibilities to succeed at something.
Step by step, with the help of this book you can achieve the same resolve the author had after her last suicide attempt – if “I have to live, I’m NOT living like this!” In spite of what you might think, Debbie proposes a method that is not rocket science and that ensures results. If you’re struggling with depression and anxiety, or if you simply want to learn how your brain works and what you can do to improve it, “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is one of the most useful resources available.