The Minimalist Depression Guide – Four do’s and four don’ts

The great news is that a minimalist approach to Depression recovery is all you need. Here is the minimalist depression guide.

Yes, the principles of depression recovery are straightforward and clear.  And if you really get what they are and I mean really get them, then you can move on to the next stage – which is putting these profound ideas into effect.

Most depression recoveries are not about special diets or supplements and they have very little to do with the following of complicated rules about how you can think better, Meditation and mindfulness, wonderful though they can be, are far too hard or hit and miss for your depression recovery.  Finally you don’t need medication nor is to buy into the idea that depression is a clinical disorder or a chemical imbalance and so you have to go to medical experts.

So here are four Dos and four Don’ts – which will take you a long way to your depression recovery

The Do’s

  1. Believe in recovery

A lack of hope feeds depression as does the panic of trying your best to overcome depression but failing to do so..  It follows that what you must do is to really understand what a depression is. For, if you do really understand, then you will also see the path to recovery.

Thankfully, such a depression explanation now exists. And this is it in one short paragraph and for this you must thank the originators of the Human Givens (Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell).

People sink into a depressed mood when their innate physical or emotional needs are not being met and, instead of dealing with this situation, they begin to worry about it and so misuse their imagination. All depressed people worry. This increases the amount of dreaming they do, upsetting the balance between slow-wave, recuperative sleep and dream sleep. Consequently they start to develop an imbalance between energy burning dream sleep and refreshing slow-wave sleep. Soon they start to wake up feeling tired and unmotivated. This makes them worry even more as they feel that “something is wrong with me”. To be depressed is an added layer of misery often piled upon genuine challenges, further reducing the person’s ability to cope with their difficulties.

There is much more here Depression explained

  1. Be patient – less haste will mean more speed

Depression means a lack of mental capacity – you are exhausted and without energy or motivation. And the terror borne of this just adds to your exhaustion.  It follows that you absolutely must get your mind in a better place before you even attempt to deal with your problems.

This may not appear easy to do but now that you understand what a depression is, having some patience makes sense. And what many find is that as your mind clears and becomes more energised, that your problems don’t appear to be nearly so difficult to deal with.

3. Be busy

Human beings flourish when active and busy and this is so also when you are depressed.  But busyness can mean just distraction activities – small treats, easy household tasks, walking the dog and so on. And if you do this, then you worry less and begin to feel better.

And then as you do begin to feel better, you can crank up the activities you do – from distraction to problem solving and life living.

  1. Listen to this

This is one of my free audios. If you listen to it, you will really begin to feel more hopeful and these four Do’s will make so much more sense.  And then, you can sign up for my Hope and Firefighting audio programme  – just four audios, in your own time.


  1. Don’t go anywhere near doctors

Doctors follow the medical model – which looks to diagnose depression as an illnesse of the body and then seeks to apply standardised remedies and treatments.  This approach works well of course for heart stroke, hip replacements and many other problems of the body.

But if depression is not an illness, then doctors are out of their depth.  It will be impossible for them to come up with answers that can be even half way decent. And so it has been shown to be. We have a depression epidemic underway, unaffected by an explosion in antidepressant medication. And now the evidence is emerging of just how ineffective is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

  1. Don’t talk too much about your problems – especially to traditionally trained counsellors

If you are depressed, your head is full up with theories, explanations, thoughts and fears. It does no good to rehearse these – however sympathetic or skilled is the listener.

It can just make the problem worse – by focusing you even more on all of those pretty useless thoughts and feelings. Get your head clearer before talking about the problems and issues that need to be dealt with.

  1. Don’t read depression self help books

Reading books are no substitute for the right kind of action and by presenting new theories of what is wrong with you, risks increasing your rumination. And this is leaving aside the near certainty that the depression self help books you will be reading will be peddling discredited theories of what a depression actually is.

In any event, most depression help books seem to be based on Cognitive theories – that depression is caused by wrong thoughts  The trouble with this idea is that emotions come before thoughts and so if the emotion is strong, this will overwhelm any attempts to challenge the subsequent thought.

  1. Don’t spend too much time looking for supplements or new diets

I am not saying that these factors are never important, but that now you have no need to look there in the first instance – in desperation.  This is because now you understand much better what causes most depressions.

And that’s it. Do please contact me for much more and real help with your depression