Derek Sivers is an amazing dude. He is incredibly successful (founder of CD Baby) and shares amazing insights with the world. This 2 minute video helps me think about situations differently. The video below is from a TedTalk he gave in India in 2009. It shows how what we consider normal in our part of the world is weird in another.
I’ve shown this video in countless training’s and presentations I have given over the years. It is always a great reminder to me that sometimes we need to look at our current situation and ask “What can I do to change my current circumstances/mood/behavior et cetera. During my worst bouts of depression, I did not think I was going to make it. My depression told me that I was never going to feel better, I was never going to get my life back, I should end my life.
This is flawed logic. Depression can make us only think one thing, only see one side of the coin. I have found asking the following question helps me when my Guardian Monster is being a jerk. The question I ask myself is “What if you are wrong?”. This question has helped me a few times now. It makes me pause and reevaluate my current thoughts and ideas racing around in my head. It makes me think the following. What if I am going to be okay? What if the depression does end? It helps to confuse my Guardian Monster. And, when my monster is confused. I have hope. So, next time you are arguing with your monster. Ask your Guardian Monster “What if you are wrong?”, “What if it does get better?”
So, next time you are feeling like the depression will never end. Ask yourself “What I’m wrong?”.
Have hope, it gets better.
Lee @ GuardianMonster.Org
Thoughts? Let me know. Positive and Constructive Feedback is always welcome.
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The struggle of mental health
Depression, schizophrenia, suicidal feelings—too often, these experiences stay private. These speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness boldly share their stories, in hopes that others don’t feel so alone.
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The struggle of mental health
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.
Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.
Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression — including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death. Resources: http://t.co/wsNrY9C
For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.