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Hey there I’m your host Christine Laureano. Thanks for joining me today, I’m so glad you’re here listening– and learning.
We all have those things in life we have to deal with. And when we’re in business, we can’t let those “things” hold us back.
When the little things in life don’t feel so little
But some times those “things” aren’t so little. And sometimes they do stop us in our tracks.
In this episode I want to talk about the “something” that has touched my family, and as I talk to more people I’m finding that depression and anxiety affects more people than I thought.
When depression and anxiety show up in your life
Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For some individuals, major depression can result in severe impairments that interfere with or limit one’s ability to carry out major life activities.
Additional information can be found on the National Institute of Mental Health NIMH Health Topics page on Depression.
The prevalence of adults with a major depressive episode was highest among individuals aged 18-25 (10.9%).
According to the CDC In general‚ about 1 out of every 6 adults will have depression at some time in their life. Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year. Anyone can get depressed, and depression can happen at any age and in any type of person.
But…depression and anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from your dreams and goals…or from success in your business.
I invited Chris Brogan to talk with me this episode.
Chris Brogan is president of Chris Brogan Media, offering business and marketing advisory help for mid to larger sized companies. He also helps small business owners through classes and webinars at Owner Media Group. Chris is a sought after keynote speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books and counting. His next book is about how companies can extend trusted relationships using AI, blockchain, chatbots, IoT, and video.
And Chris Brogan has depression.
Chris opens up about dealing with depression
He’s been open about his struggle with depression…and how he works through it. Chris’s depression hasn’t stop his success.
As a matter of fact, his success just keeps on growing…because he’s real! He doesn’t sugar coat. He tells it like it is. Gives the truth. And has been teaching people, with all the real life challenges, how to grow successful businesses.
Now, here’s my conversation with Chris.
Depression does not define you as a person.
You aren’t a depressed person, you’re a person that is dealing with depression.
Chris talks a lot about managing depression with lifestyle choices and how he “dealt” with it.
Chris makes sure he has worked his strengths and worked through the stigma.
Triggers are different for everyone
And the triggers are different for everyone, so Chris explains what some of his triggers are.
If you end up running full force into other people’s needs, and you’re trying to be wildly successful in your business, you’ll end up taxing yourself and wearing yourself down. So it’s really important to take care of yourself!
Some days you’ll need to set the lowest possible expectations for yourself – and that’s ok!
If it’s you and your laptop in bed some days, that’s how you need to operate…that day.
Coping when it feels like there’s no bright side
Very bluntly Chris says, “there is no bright side” for people with depression. But there are coping skills that will help you to keep moving forward.
Chris’ #1 way to move forward is to help other people, even on those days where he’s feeling sorry for himself and low.
Two important things Chris talks about with depression are…
#1 Depression lies.
#2 You’re not allowed to use it as an excuse. It’s like wearing a bad shirt to an event…you can always change it.
If you find that you’re in depression, seek professional help.
The meds side of things…Chris tried meds but was limited to what his insurance company approved…and not all meds work for everyone. One med may work for one person and not another. And have side effects.
You need to be monitored very closely with your doctor.
Natural ways to help with depression
Cut back on caffeine, alcohol.
Taking Vitamin D has helped…along with a lot of sunlight.
Cut back on fats for a bit.
Natural CBD’s oils and tinctures (non-reactive) are an option for some people.
Make sure you do your own research to find what works for you.
As a business person dealing with depression, there are so many things people end up feeling. It’s important to remember that depression lies and sometimes you need to re-engineer your level of okayness.
Thanks for joining me today. If you’ve got depression or anxiety seek help from a mental health professional, even though you feel alone, you don’t go through it alone.
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Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive http://ariannahuffington.com/books/thrive-tr
Depression for Entrepreneurs by Chris Brogan
Chris’ post…Every Time I Talk About Depression – Being Brave
Chris’ Thoughts on Depression
Chris Brogan http://chrisbrogan.com/about-2/
Owner Media http://chrisbrogan.com/about-2/
Chris mentioned after our conversation that if any of my listeners were dealing with depression, I could share his email. He is really a nice guy and a helping soul! firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Hotline Numbers
If your depression has caused you to lose a job, drop out of school, lose touch with family or friends, or if you’ve noticed changes in your sleep and appetite that have not improved, contact one of these free resources to learn more about treating your depression.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s behavioral health treatment services locator is an easy and anonymous way to locate treatment facilities and other resources, such as support groups and counselors, to treat and manage depression.
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This national hotline is another valuable resource for people whose depression has escalated to suicidal or other harmful thoughts. Their network of crisis centers provide emotional support and guidance to people in distress and are also available via a chat service and a special hotline number for the hearing impaired: 1-800-799-4889.
- National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663