372: Dr. Stuart Eisendrath on Mindfulness for Depression

01.26.2021 - By The One You Feed

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Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is the founding Director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center where he served as the Professor of Psychiatry. His newest book is When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression. This book aims to take the reader through steps they can utilize to gain relief from depression and anxiety.

In this episode, Dr. Eisendrath and Eric discuss his new book about how mindfulness can help alleviate depression when anti-depressants aren’t enough.

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In This Interview, Dr. Stuart Eisendrath and I discuss Mindfulness for Depression and…His book, When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate DepressionChanging the relationship with depressive thoughts from dominating presence to peaceful coexistence Learning to interpret our thoughts in a different wayDealing with self-criticismRuminating and how being stuck in the downward spiral leads to more depressionThe simple meditation practice of counting each breath When the thoughts are creating an internal stormHow the most powerful thoughts are usually our own ideas that we’re applying in the presentDetermining the difference between facts and thoughtsFalse evidence and the importance of gathering more information to see if it’s trueAsking if there are other explanations to explain these feelingsThe trap of depression: thinking we’ll act when we feel better and how we actually feel better once we act.Taking action when we don’t feel like itThe importance of movement and being active when depressedHappiness equals achievements divided by expectationsHow depression can create distorted views Changing perspective by focusing on very small actionsReplacing the thought of “I should…” with “it would be nice if…”How mindfulness brings us into the present momentHow depressive thoughts are about the past and anxious thoughts are about the futureResistance amplifies emotional pain and increases sufferingThinking of feeling depressed as the weather Dr. Stuart Eisendrath Links:

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Stuart Eisendrath on Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

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