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The more data points you have, the more reliable your observations will be. Engage and code your emotional state. Rinse and repeat. Take note of any observations. If a behavior repeatedly leads to HP or LP states, even for a few seconds or minutes, then you may intuitively decide that it's worth the effort to plan that behavior into your days. You may also find that it starts to feel easier to resist the pull to procrastinate, since you see that the activity consistently takes you to a helpful or healthy state of mind. Let's turn to focusing on activities that are likely to be good for your body and mind, which are tremendous building blocks that boost your success as you pursue additional valued activities in the chapters to come. Regular routines for basic self-care promote your ability to think clearly and give you the physical and emotional energy to tackle additional life goals. When you're not exhausted, hungover, hungry, or overwhelmed, you're more likely to follow through--rather than procrastinate--on an activity that could trigger a positive emotional experience. If you want a better job, you're more likely to write a cover letter when you don't have a headache from last night's outing, you're not sleep deprived, and you're not experiencing a sugar crash from candy you snacked on the hour before. With good self-care, you're more likely to write the letter, which leads to a sense of accomplishment. When you have a bad day, a sad day, a What is happening to my life? kind of day, these habits provide sources of structure that keep you on a road to wellness. Continuing to adhere to your routine times for self-care helps a bump in the road remain just a bump in the road. Halting your routines is what makes you vulnerable to feeling LN or HN, which in turn makes you more vulnerable to viewing the situation as a bigger stressor than it already is. This leads to engaging in behaviors that might shoot you in the foot down the road, like getting in an argument because you're feeling irritable or avoiding things that need your attention because you're feeling too overwhelmed. In this way, a structured weekly routine is a prophylactic measure you can take to get through hard times without letting them get the best of you--and minimize the likelihood of triggering a depressive episode. The purpose of seeking inpatient treatment is to intensify all aspects of therapy. Medication is monitored more closely. Talk therapy occurs on a daily basis, either individually, in group, or with family members.

Once you're feeling better and stabilized, you'll be discharged. Long stays in hospital settings are rare. When you leave, you may have the ability to continue care in a partial hospital program. In this kind of treatment, you go on with your daily routine--be it work, school, or otherwise--and return in the evening for daily supplemental therapies. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an often misunderstood medical intervention for severe, treatment-resistant depression. It is usually the technique of choice when numerous medications and long-term use of psychotherapy have not been successful. Refined from its early beginnings, Fink (2008) reminds us that ECT is no longer the fearsome treatment pictured in television and films. In fact, ECT is performed while you're asleep. A team of skilled professionals oversee the procedure. Those involved are anesthe-siologists, nurses, and medical doctors. Essentially, ECT is the process by which electrical currents are passed through the brain to create a brief seizure. This procedure affects signal pathways and neurotransmitters in the brain, and reduces the severity of depression. ECT treatments are generally given every other day for up to twelve treatments. The treatment takes about fifteen minutes to perform. There can be side effects, which include periods of confusion after the procedure, forgetfulness, memory loss, nausea, and muscle soreness. I've worked with adults whose depressions were so severe that ECT was used as a treatment. Some reported confusion and memory loss, and were frustrated by these side effects. Others, though, were willing to live with side effects because their depression lifted. The stigma attached to ECT appears to be the greatest obstacle, but education and visits to ECT therapy suites can give way to more acceptance. Light therapy is an alternative treatment for the relief of depression with a seasonal onset.

Sometimes called winter blues , seasonal affective disorder (SAD) occurs when a person is exposed to shortened daylight hours. There appears to be a biological reason for SAD, involving production of the hormone melatonin from the pineal gland (a small brain structure that functions as the body's timekeeper). The retinas of the eyes register light when exposed to sunshine, sending impulses to the pineal gland. In turn, the pineal gland produces melatonin, which regulates our circadian rhythm and body clock. During the darker days and nights, the retinas register less light and overproduce melatonin. These higher hormone levels increase depressive symptoms. Depression with seasonal onset affects women more than it does men, and children can experience SAD as well. Exposure to periods of direct sunlight can combat the surge of melatonin and reduce depressive symptoms, but for individuals who don't have the ability to find abundant sunshine, light therapy is a good option. Practicing loving friendliness can change our habitual negative thought patterns and reinforce positive ones. When we practice metta meditation, our minds will become filled with peace and happiness. We will be relaxed. We gain concentration. When our mind becomes calm and peaceful, our hatred, anger, and resentment fade away. But loving friendliness is not limited to our thoughts. We must manifest it in our words and our actions. We cannot cultivate loving friendliness in isolation from the world. You can start by thinking kind thoughts about everyone you have contact with every day. If you have mindfulness, you can do this every waking minute with everyone you deal with. Whenever you see someone, consider that, like yourself, that person wants happiness and wants to avoid suffering. We all feel that way.

All beings feel that way. Even the tiniest insect recoils from harm. When we recognize that common ground, we see how closely we are all connected. The woman behind the checkout counter, the man who passes you on the expressway, the young couple walking across the street, the old man in the park feeding the birds. Whenever you see another being, any being, keep this in mind. Wish for them happiness, peace, and well-being. It is a practice that can change your life and the lives of those around you. At first, you may experience resistance to this practice. Perhaps the practice seems forced. Perhaps you feel unable to bring yourself to feel these kinds of thoughts. Because of experiences in your own life, it may be easier to feel loving friendliness for some people and more difficult for others. Children, for example, often bring out our feelings of loving friendliness quite naturally; while with others, it may be more difficult. Watch the habits in your mind. Learn to recognize your negative emotions and start to break them down. With mindfulness, little by little you can change your responses. Does sending someone thoughts of loving friendliness actually change the other person? Can practicing loving friendliness change the world? When you are sending loving friendliness to people who are far away or people you may not even know, of course, it is not possible to know the effect. But you can notice the effect that practicing loving friendliness has on your own peace of mind. What is important is the sincerity of your own wish for the happiness of others.

Truly, the effect is immediate. The only way to find this out for yourself is to try it. Practicing metta does not mean that we ignore the unwholesome actions of others. It simply means that we respond to such actions in an appropriate way. There was a prince named Abharaja Kumara. One day he went to the Buddha and asked whether the Buddha was ever harsh to others. At this time the prince had his little child on his lap. "Suppose, Prince, this little child of yours were to put a piece of wood in his mouth, what would you do?" asked the Buddha. "If he put a piece of wood in his mouth, I would hold the child very tightly between my legs and put my crooked index finger in his mouth. Though he might be crying and struggling in discomfort, I would pull the piece of wood out even if he bleeds," said the prince. "Why would you do that?" "Because I love my child. I want to save his life," was his reply. "Similarly, Prince, sometimes I have to be harsh on my disciples not out of cruelty, but out of love for them," said the Buddha. Loving friendliness, not anger, motivated his actions. A depressed brain is often a malnourished brain. Depression is frequently referred to as a chemical imbalance. But we also know that a depressed brain is often deficient in key nutrients and neurotransmitters. Mark Hyman, MD, author of The UltraMind Solution, nailed it when he wrote, "What's remarkable is how backward the thinking about depression is. Doctors tend to only use vitamins if the antidepressants don't work. They should be prescribing the vitamins in the first place and then supplementing with antidepressants only if vitamins and lifestyle changes don't work." Dr.