Get It Done When You're Depressed : 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-02
  • Publisher: Alpha

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Shake the blues away. Everyone knows that depression can lead to guilt, sadness, frustration, and in the case of 15-20% of people with depression, suicide. Because we live in a culture that rewards (and often worships) productivity, when a depressed person can’t meet the expectations of society, the depression becomes worse and a vicious cycle begins. The goal of Getting Things Done When You’re Depressedis to break this cycle. Readers will learn: • How to prepare yourself mentally for working while depressed • How to structure your environment so you can work more easily • How to work with others • How to prevent depression

Author Biography

Julie A. Fast is an author whose website (www.juliefast.com) was the first to offer downloadable books on bipolar disorder and depression. It averages more than 240,000 visitors a year.
John D. Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, is a professor of psychology with Alliant International University, Sacramento, and the recipient of the Mental Health Association-'s President-'s Award.

Table of Contents

Don't Wait Until You Want to Do Somethingp. 1
Focus Outwardlyp. 7
Wait Until You Finish Your Work to Judge Itp. 13
Make Your Own Decisionsp. 17
Set Up a Realistic Work Spacep. 23
Be Your Own Drill Sergeantp. 29
Structure Your Day Like a Child'sp. 33
Remind Yourself That You're Depressedp. 39
Eliminate Distractionsp. 43
Think Like an Athletep. 49
Expect Brain Chatterp. 55
Write Yourself a Letterp. 59
Break Through the Depression Barrierp. 63
Feel the Depression... and Do It Anywayp. 67
Finish Schoolp. 73
Talk Back to Depressionp. 79
Set Time Limitsp. 83
Expect to Be Physically Uncomfortablep. 87
Just Sit Downp. 91
Know When Your Brain Is Lying to Youp. 95
Don't Worry About Something, Do Somethingp. 101
Regulate Your Sleepp. 105
Work with a Friendp. 109
Break Projects into Stepsp. 113
Ask Someone to Do the Little Stuff for Youp. 117
Learn to Say Nop. 121
Focus, Focus, Focusp. 127
Get Ready the Night Beforep. 133
Expect to Have Trouble Thinkingp. 137
Beware Caffeine and Sugar Highsp. 143
Distinguish Between Depression and Low Self-Esteemp. 149
Avoid Isolationp. 155
Always Do Your Bestp. 159
Educate Your Friends and Family About Depressionp. 165
Expect to Cryp. 171
Accept the Losses Caused by Depressionp. 175
Set Outside Limitsp. 181
Get Some Exercisep. 185
Pay to Get the Help You Needp. 189
Tackle One Project at a Timep. 195
Get Help for Anxietyp. 199
Watch What You Sayp. 205
See a Therapistp. 211
Accept the Limitations Caused by Depressionp. 217
Explore Medicationp. 223
Find Your Work Purposep. 229
Be Realistic About the Hours in a Weekp. 235
Allow Time for Positive Resultsp. 239
Create Creativityp. 243
Praise Yourself All Dayp. 249
Conclusionp. 253
Indexp. 257
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