Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain Review
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.
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“Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is a motivational book written by Debbie Hampton, a successful blogger. Debbie is the survivor of a suicide attempt caused by the numerous problems in her life at that time (divorce, the death of his brother). After getting out of the coma that followed her suicidal attempt Debbi struggled to recover completely (her brain suffered severe damage and she could not control her movements, swallow, or breath on her own for a period).
Debbie Hampton decided that if she was offered another chance at life, she would do it completely different this time. She changed the way she perceived the world and adopted a healthier lifestyle that included medication, positive thinking, and other alternative methods for staying happier. She decided that writing was the best method for sharing with the world her own experience and all the things that helped her to become this better self.
“Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is a book for anyone feeling his or her life needs changing. Anyone who wants to try and identify the underlying causes of human sufferance and change them into positive feelings should read this book.
Who is the author of Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain?
Debbie Hampton is a successful blogger writing about lifestyle, behavior and thought modifications, mental health practices, and alternative therapies. She collaborated with very popular online magazines like the Huffington Post or MindBodyGreen but her life wasn’t always that good. In 2007 Debbie tried to commit suicide because of some personal problems including a divorce. She was saved but fell into a coma that led to serious brain damage and inability to coordinate, swallow, and even breathe. Her memory was also affected indefinitely and because of this condition she lost custody of her two children. Her life reached a critical point, but Debbie did not give up.
She found the strength to start over and to get in control of her new life again. She chose writing as a way to express her feelings and also talk about the ways to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She now has her own website called thebestbrainpossible.com where she writes about her approach on life and how to maintain control over your emotions, manage stress or depression symptoms, and deal with a compulsive behavior. Debbie is also the author of the “Sex, suicide, and serotonin” memoir. Her life is now all about keeping a healthy balance.
What is Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain about?
First of all, although the author uses medical terms a lot, you can easily understand what she means because of the way she manages to explain things. The narrator tackles the subjects of neuroplasticity or neurochemistry, subjects not many of us are familiar with. The book will help its readers understand themselves better while also finding about the author’s personal experiences.
There’s a whole chapter dedicated to those who are currently in a bad place in their lives or suffer greatly. In this chapter, the author closely examines the feelings involved in these times of grief in her attempt to help these people.
Debbie also includes scientific references to back up her claims. She addresses the very sensible subject of depression and lists the importance of major neurotransmitters in preventing its symptoms. The narrator also reveals various other approaches for reducing stress and depression unwanted effects, including alternative methods that include meditation or brain training techniques that require a lot of persevering and involve one’s will. “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” reveals a lot of useful information from the point of view of someone who has been in acute depression, felt the anxiety and stress of losing control over her own life, and somehow regained that control and found the strength to start a new, healthier life.
The final chapter is a crash-course of tips to help improve mental health, become more positive, and lead a happier on the overall.
Is Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain worth your time?
“Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” can be seen as guide to being happier. The book may help readers realize their own inner strength which could be much higher than they ever believed. It is on that strength that they are advised to rely in times of discomfort and to use as support in reaching a balance emotional state again. Each of us can get in control of his/hers life and Debbie Hampton does not only says that it is possible, but also reveals some very effective techniques for changing attitudes.
The author takes readers on a journey to understand that their feelings and personal vision over the world is the result of society and its rules and constrictions. Instead of turning to traditional medicine that most commonly involves the use of medication each of them can look into themselves and try to find the cause instead of treating the symptoms. The author searches alternative methods for treating depression and gives numerous tips of how to change one’s perception on the world, transform negative feelings into positive attitude, and each unpleasant experience into opportunities.
Once you embrace these changes and accept life as it is trying to see the good side of things, it will all seem much easier. “Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain” is a step by step guide in achieving that, a motivational book that will benefit all of those around the people who are actually “in need”.