The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral

Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at A Time

eBook - 2015
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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, but it's the little things that can add up to make a huge impact on recovery. In the breakthrough book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers readers small yet effective ways to ease their worst symptoms. Readers will discover there isn't "one big solution" that will solve their depression. Instead, they will learn that there are dozens of tiny steps they can take every day to reshape their brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Publisher: Oakland : New Harbinger Publications, 2015
ISBN: 9781626251229
9781626251212
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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ksellgren
May 10, 2018

I loved this because it gives the science behind the advice self-help books always give. No touchy-feely stuff, just studies of what affects mood in a positive way, with the brain neurology explained. The author’s idea is that by combining lots of ways to improve your mood slightly, you can get yourself on an upward spiral out of depression. Some things are obvious, like exercise and social contact, but there are also improvements to be made by spending time in the sun, demanding hugs, and playing music. Very very helpful.

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dnels22
Feb 21, 2017

Excellent resource for those with depression - may be especially helpful for those who have a more logical or scientifically curious mind: he explains different physical parts and different system tendencies with the brain, and how to proactively influence them through various means to beat depression. Very accessible too as he also includes his own experiences with depression and a fun bit of humor throughout.

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ruwinz
Oct 21, 2015

Great easy-to-read book, not just for people with depression, but for anyone interested in maintaining good mental health or for those supporting people going through tough times. Backed up by lots of intriguing research.

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