The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral

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

Book - 2015
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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this book provides dozens of straightforward tips you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Publisher: Oakland, CA :, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.,, [2015]
Description: viii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781626251205
1626251207
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 Kor

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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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