I want to start by saying that I am not a therapist of any kind and this blog should not be treated as a replacement for any therapy or medication. I only offer here advice I have picked up from other sources and from my own experience. It has worked for me and many others but is not a panacea for all ills.

I suffered from depression from childhood. I was bullied to the point of attempting suicide. I was always a great lover of books and so read many books on psychology, self-improvement, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis, motivation, problem-solving and more.

Over many years of long struggle I have achieved a lot of improvements, but interspersed with many set-backs. The depression and poor self-image have never completely gone away but are often held at bay for long periods of time.

I have not achieved any kind of cure, but I have found ways to manage much of my depression and enjoy long periods of “normality”.

My struggle is not over and I see it as a lifelong “programme”. But because of my efforts I consider myself a generally, happy, optimistic, and confident person, despite the occasional relapse into old habits.

I offer here some of the techniques I have used to cope with life and also to achieve more in life than I would have thought possible at many points in my life.

I do not claim that they are cures. I understand that depression is a constant long-term battle; that you will have good days and bad days. I offer these tools in the hope that they will give you additional hope in the good days and make the bad days a little less bad.

I hope you find it useful.

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