Throughout the author's career as a clinical psychologist and well trained psychotherapist, he has seen people struggling with depression and anxiety, often without an understanding that they can heal themselves. As a consequence, many have been driven to take on the extravagant expense of seeing biological psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals. After many months of medication or psychotherapy costing thousands of dollars, research demonstrates the results using self-help procedures, at minimum expense, are often equivalent or more effective. These disturbing facts motivated the author to illustrate how self-healing of depression and anxiety can be easily and effectively accomplished, with a minimum of effort and expense.Keep in mind that the mental health industry is a multi-billion dollar business, providing many with a comfortable life style. Many professionals, including most treatment facilities, provide treatment from a narrow perspective, confined by their learned theoretical constructs. This is one factor accounting for the relative lack of success and reported low healing rate when people engage in treatment, whether it is provided from a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other professional. The main stream mental health professions of psychiatry and psychology, supported by the media, promote the claims that depression is an illness or mental disease and persistent anxiety is a sign of mental illness. There is no science supporting these false claims that depression is a disease. Anxiety, on the contrary, is a normal and helpful human function. While anxiety may arise when individuals are distressed, it is not a signifier of a mental disease or mental illness. Depression is cited as the most prevalent form of mental illness. Anxiety underscores most psychological problems. Depressed and anxious individuals engage in expensive treatment, oftentimes for years, with limited results. This is of great concern, especially when research has indicated self-help procedures are equally or more effective than seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist. This book defines depression and anxiety from a number of perspectives. The use of helpful anecdotes illustrates how each perspective relates to different aspects of life and functioning, including relationships. Easy to learn exercises are offered for the reader to practice. An understanding of communication styles and techniques, drawn from diverse practices, including traditional psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, energy psychology, biophysical psychotherapy, easy-to-learn yoga and meditation postures, and nutrition are presented. Approaches proven effective and researched for thousands of years, derived from the non-spiritual aspects of Tibetan Buddhist psychiatry practices and Auyurvedic healing are presented. Taking advantage of the e-Book format, all references are hyperlinked to internet sites with books, papers, teaching videos and podcasts to enhance and expand upon the learning of these strategic approaches.Healing Personal Depression And Anxiety represents a condensation of the research and practice literature on self-healing, in a relatively brief, but well documented book, teaching the skills and practices proven to resolve the problems of depression and anxiety.
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