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“You’re lazy and useless you’re a complete failure you’ll never amount to anything”

Ever heard those words? A British prime minister did.
“I am the saddest person alive. I can’t stay this way. If I don’t get better soon, I’ll die.”
Ever felt this way? A United States president did!

But like them, you too CAN beat the blues and find a brand New You!!

“I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth.

Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forbode (fearfully predict) I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better it appears to me.”

Born into a poverty-stricken family, a failure in business, twice disappointed in love – it’s little wonder that Abraham Lincoln spoke the above words.

In them, we can now see that Lincoln felt the utter hopelessness that is now recognised as major depression.

Yet Lincoln rose above his long-term depression to become one of the most outstanding presidents of the United States of America.

After suffering a brain concussion when he was 3, rupturing a kidney when he was 18, and failing his College entrance exam twice, his father said that he was “lazy, useless and worthless… one of hundreds of failures” and could never hope for anything more than a “shabby, unhappy existence.”

These events plunged Winston Churchill into a depression that he found himself fighting for the rest of his life.

Yet Churchill went on to become a fearless leader of the British nation in one of its darkest historical hours.

The amazing victories of Lincoln and Churchill over depression show that it is possible to overcome long-term despair and live a happy and successful life.

Dr Neil Nedley, M.D., designer of the highly successful Nedley Depression Recovery Programme, has shown many people how to combat major depression and lead a life filled with satisfaction and purpose. Dr Nedley answers your questions about depression:

  • Do I have depression?
  • Is there a link between depression and bipolar?
  • Why do I have depression?
  • How can I deal with depression?
  • Are there any effective natural remedies for depression?
Hey, did you know that omega-3 fats can help to boost your mood – naturally? Here is a quick and easy high omega-3 smoothie – a delicious, healthy way to kick-start your day!

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Strawberry or Blueberry Smoothie

To make 4 cups you will need:
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup orange juice
½ cup (or more; to taste) soy or rice milk
175g silken tofu
2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal (or 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil)
1-2 bananas, sliced
1 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries

What you do:
Place dates and orange juice in a small saucepan; bring to boil and allow to cool. This will soften dates.
Place dates, orange juice and all ingredients in blender until smooth.
Simple!
Serve and enjoy!

Identifying your needs: Do I have depression?

When things in life just don’t seem to be going right, the first step towards improving is identifying your personal needs. Today when we say, “I feel depressed,” we are often referring to a feeling of sadness about a specific problem or issue.

When we suffer some kind of trauma, it is only natural to experience feelings of loss, sadness and grief.

Five cases in which you could expect to feel loss, sadness and grief:

  • Loss of job
  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Broken relationship
  • Occasional “off” days

But you may be relieved to find out that this is not the same as “clinical depression.” These feelings are described as situational depression – with the passing of time, they will eventually ease.

Major depression is something that happens over a long period of time, and is not due to recent loss, effects of drugs or a general medical condition. Some of the feelings you might have are not what is commonly associated with “being down”.

Nine things you might think or feel if you have depression:

  • Feeling extremely sad or empty

  • Not interested in anything – even things you once enjoyed

  • Feeling excessively uptight or stressed

  • “I can’t sleep at night!”

  • Uncontrolled weight problems

  • “I can’t focus on anything!”

  • “I’m totally worthless.” “I feel guilty all the time.”

  • “Why shouldn’t I end my life?”

  • “I feel exhausted all the time.”

If 5 or more of these felt like you for two weeks or more, it may be that you have major depression.

If 2 to 4 of them felt like you for two weeks or more you might have a mild form of depression called subsyndromal depression.

Concerned that you or a friend may be experiencing depression?

Like Lincoln and Churchill, you too can conquer depression and lead a purposeful life! Click here to listen to Dr Neil Nedley as he discusses his highly successful Depression Recovery program!

What to do about depression

How can I deal with depression

It’s important to remember that no two cases of depression are exactly alike; every situation is unique.

Major depression rarely develops as a result of one thing. Normally there are a number of things that finally lead to depression. The best treatment plan will not only look at addressing the way you feel, but will look at why you feel that way, and what you can do about it.

Even without medical training, you may be able to tell whether or not you are experiencing major or minor depression.

However, an experienced health professional will help you to take the next steps in identifying why you feel the way you do, and working towards a sustainable solution.

If you are taking any medication for depression, you should not stop taking this. Any changes to your medication should be directed by your doctor.

Why do I feel depressed and worthless?

Neil Nedley, M.D., identifies ten ‘hit’ categories as possible causes of depression. Some examples of categories and causes are:

1. Genetic
➢ Family history of depression or suicide
2. Developmental
➢ Suffered sexual abuse
3. Nutritional
➢ Low in omega-3 fat, folic acid or vitamin B
➢ Diet high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar
4. Social
➢ Absence of social support
5. Toxicity
➢ High lead levels
6. Lifestyle
➢ Not on a regular exercise programme
7. Medical condition
➢ Heart disease
➢ Stroke

To obtain a copy of the full list of categories and causes and how to use these to find the specific cause of your depression, fill out the form at the top of this page.

How to find why you personally are experiencing depression:

Dr Neil Nedley has identified 51 causes of depression, and these are divided into 10 “hit” categories.
• Look at the list of causes and see which apply to you. Some may require medical advice and/ or tests, eg. a blood test will help you to determine if you have elevated cholesterol levels
• One or more cause(s) in each category counts as one “hit”
• Two causes in the same category only count as one “hit”
• Four or more “hits” are likely to lead to major depression or another mental disorder

There are some singular causes of depression, where only a single hit in a single category leads to major depression. These are:
• Thyroid disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Certain strokes
• Chronic insomnia
• Chronic low carbohydrate diet
• Chronic low tryptophan diet
• Chronic complete absence of social support
• Very high toxin levels

A New You: From depressed and worthless to hopeful and purpose-driven

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A lifestyle approach to mental diseases such as depression is not something that is used very often. There have been far less clinical trials on the use of natural remedies for depression than for the use of drugs. But here are 3 reasons to try the natural remedies for depression recommended by Dr Nedley so you can begin to feel better, right now:

1. They are based on good science
2. Dr Nedley has seen them work repeatedly for over 15 years
3. They have no potential adverse health effects

Natural Remedy for Depression #1: Nutrition

You may be surprised to think that what you eat really does make a difference to your mood, and can be a big step towards recovery from blue to you.

Dr Nedley has identified a number of nutrients (substances needed by the body for growth, maintenance and repair) as vital in overcoming depression . Here are 3 of them:

1. Tryptophan

This is needed by the body to produce the important brain neurotransmitter serotonin. Adequate brain serotonin helps to prevent depression.
A high-carbohydrate dish can help to increase serotonin levels. Why not try some of of Dr Nedley’s healthy recepies? Yep I’m in!

Pasta with Avocado
What you need:
350g wholemeal bowtie or penne pasta
½ tablespoon olive oil
2 avocados, diced
2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 large Roma tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
sweet basil, sprinkle

What you do:
1. Cook pasta.; drain.
2. Cut avocado into quarters, then into thin slices. Place slices in a bowl, then sprinkle with lemon juice, garlic powder and salt.
3. Add olive oil to pasta and stir gently. Transfer to serving dish.
4. Pour avocado mixture, tomatoes and onions over pasta, then toss gently. Garnish with diced parsley and/ or basil.

2. Omega-3 fats

Walnuts and flaxseed (linseed) are both high in the natural mood booster omega-3. In both depression and bipolar, it is essential to ensure a good supply of omega-3 fats, which can be missing from your diet even if your daily fat intake is sufficient.

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Fruit and Flax Balls

What you need:
¼ cup dried pineapple
¼ cup dried apricots
½ cup dates
¼ cup (or more) grape juice (or other fruit juice)
¼ teaspoon vanilla flavouring
¾ cup flaxseed (linseed) meal
¼ cup walnuts

What you do:
1. Bring first four ingredients to a boil and simmer about 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and add vanilla flavouring.
2. Grind flaxseed and walnuts together in a food processor.
3. Add fruit mixture and process until sticky and dough-like, adding more liquid if necessary.
4. Form into small balls. Chill.

3. Folate

Did you know… lentils are an excellent source of folate, with 831mcg per 1 cup serve (Nedley, 2009, p. 75)?

Click here to link to a FREE delicious recipe for a lentil pasta – an excellent boost to your folate levels! (Plant to Plate page)

7 more lifestyle medicine natural remedies for depression

• Social support
• Regular exercise
• Avoid negative thinking
• Classical music therapy
• Bright light therapy
• Regular physical exercise
• Deep breathing exercises
• Prayer

Using these natural remedies in Dr Nedley’s Depression Recovery Programme has enabled many people to make a turnaround from BLUE to a BRAND NEW YOU!!

Here are some of the results people have found from doing this highly successful programme:

• Confidence in social interaction
• More creative
• More motivation
• Anger management
• Freedom from addiction
• Enhanced problem solving ability
• Weight loss
• Better mood and emotional balance
• Better wellbeing and fitness

What People Are Saying:

Click HERE to read more stories of people who have experienced for themselves the healing power of Dr Nedley’s Depression Recovery Programme:

Like to learn more about how you, too can overcome depression and live a better life than ever? Dr Nedley’s bestseller, Depression: The Way Out, provides more detailed information on:

• Hidden dangers of depression
• Why do I feel depressed and worthless?
• Healthy food guaranteed to boost your mood: nutrition for depression
• Lifestyle treatments for depression
• Information on herbs and medications
• Dealing with stress and anxiety

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