75 Ways to Beat Depression: Words of Hope and Solutions That Work

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Self-Help - 246 pages
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Richard Rybolt knows the debilitating effects of depression all too well. He spent years plagued by despair before realizing and admitting that he was experiencing the symptoms of depression. In what he identifies as his life's toughest challenge, he educated himself about all aspects of his condition and built up the courage to face it head-on and turn his life around. In 75 Ways to Beat Depression, Rybolt gives hope to the millions of others who are struggling with the debilitating anguish that he experienced. Drawing upon his own experience, he offers 75 simple things that anyone can do to improve their mood in a refreshingly candid, jargon-free style. Each of his commonsense solutions, from "skip the pity party" to "help others-help yourself," is full of authentic hope from someone who knows exactly what it takes to beat depression. This is a powerful tool to help motivate, educate, and inspire anyone who is currently experiencing depression and ready to take effective steps toward recovery and happiness.
 

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Contents

Jg SOLUTIONS 1 SEEK HELP
1
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT
4
SING YOUR OWN PRAISES
7
HELP OTHERSHELP YOURSELF
10
CONNECT WITH THE DIVINE
13
CONFRONT PANIC ATTACKS
16
LEAN ON ME
19
TALK TO YOURSELF
22
HEAL OLD WOUNDS
124
WORK ON YOURSELF
127
ADOPT A PET
130
SEE YOURSELF STRONG
133
COMPARED TO WHAT?
136
NO MORE FISH STORIES
139
LISTEN CAREFULLY
142
ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE
145

EXAMINE YOUR FEARS
25
WHEN SLEEP WONT COME
28
FOCUS ON THE BENEFITS
31
FORGIVE AND
34
TRADE DOUBTS FOR DREAMS
37
NONSENSE MAKES PERFECT SENSE I
40
LET MUSIC LIFT YOUR SOUL
43
CONFIDE IN A FRIEND
46
PRETEND YOURE OKAY
49
TALK BACK TO YOUR BEAST
52
STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH
55
LONELY BUT NOT ALONE
58
MAKE GRATITUDE A HABIT
61
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
64
LIVE YOUR LIFE OVER
67
PLAY YOURSELF A LOVE SONG
70
DO SOMETHING
73
DEVELOP A STRATEGY
76
KEEP A JOURNAL
79
MEASURE PROGRESS
82
SAVE ONLY BEAUTIFUL PICTURES
85
PERFECTION IS NOT PERFECT
88
CREATE SOMETHING
91
DO IT ANYWAY
94
POSTPONE WORRY
97
LOOK GOODFEEL GOOD
100
USE ANYTHING THAT WORKS
103
HOLD ON
106
SHAPE UP
109
SKIP THE PITY PARTY
112
BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS 1 1 5
115
NEVER GIVE UP
118
STAY INVOLVED
121
STOP BLAMING YOURSELF
148
KNOW THE POWER OF WORDS 1 5 1
151
SEEK POSITIVE PERSPECTIVES
154
FIX A BROKEN DAY
157
FIND YOUR SPECIAL PLACE
160
EXPECT SMALL MIRACLES
163
YOURE IN GOOD COMPANY
166
DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
169
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
172
TURN LEMONS INTO LEMONADE
175
BUILD YOUR SUPPORT GROUP
178
KNOW WHO YOU ARE 1 8 1
181
CELEBRATE EVERYTHING
184
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
187
DONT BE FOOLED
190
THE TOUCH OF A HAND
193
START WHERE YOU ARE 1 96
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IMAGINE THAT
199
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS
202
BALANCE YOUR LIFE
205
PRACTICE PATIENCE
208
YOU ARE NOT ALONE 21 1
211
PREPARE FOR CHANGE
214
TORMENT TO TRIUMPH
217
SEEK ENCHANTMENT
220
SHOUT FOR JOY
223
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS WIFE
227
A FINAL WORD
231
FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION
233
RECOMMENDED READING
235
ORGANIZATIONS AND WEB SITES WITH RESOURCES FOR
237
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
241
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A successful horticulturist and property developer for much of his life, Richard Rybolt is now an active crusader for overcoming depression and a strong ally of the despondent. He has helped establish support groups, education seminars, and healing networks, and has personally coached and befriended those suffering from plights similar to his own. He has told his story of recovery and inspiration on various radio and television shows and before live audiences. The author of No Chairs Make for Short Meetings, he lives with his wife on small farm in upstate New York.

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